VISITING CHATHAM MARCONI MARITIME CENTER
PLAN YOUR MUSEUM VISIT
Tuesday & Sunday - 1:00 to 4:00 PM
Wednesday through Saturday - 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
We welcome walk-in visitors, although advance reservations are advised to ensure timely admittance.
Plan to arrive no later than 3:00 PM to allow time to tour the museum.
There two reservation options:
Exclusive Access: Reserves a time slot for a private group of up to 20 people. Minimum 12 hour advanced notice required. Enjoy the museum’s exhibits and displays with museum hosts exclusively available to your family or friends.
Cancellation: Reservations are non-refundable within 24 hours of ticketed appointment time. With sufficient notice, you may change your reservations without penalty.
The Chatham Board of Health recommends unvaccinated persons wear a mask indoors.
Marconi-RCA Wireless Museum
Member - Free
(with ID Card)
Member’s Guest - Free
(with Guest Pass)
Exclusive Access Reservation $60.00 (Reserves the museum for a Member and guests, up to the allowed capacity, for the scheduled time)
General Admission Rates:
Adult (22 - 65) $10.00
Senior (66+) $ 7.50
Youth (13-21) $ 5.00
Child (12 & under) Free
Exclusive Access Reservation $90.00 (Reserves the museum for a private group visit, up to the allowed capacity, for the scheduled time)
Mass. Teachers Association Members
Military (Active and Retired)
COVID-19 Crisis Responders
(Medical, EMT/EMS, Fire, Police)
For information call 508-945-8889
Chatham Marconi Maritime Center Directions
Education Center: 831 Orleans Road
Wireless Museum: 847 Orleans Road
North Chatham, MA 02650
We are located on Route 28 (Orleans Road) in the north part of Chatham across the road from Ryder's Cove. Look for the radio tower and brick buildings.
If you are coming from Chatham town center, follow Route 28 toward Orleans and we will be on your left.
If you are coming from Orleans town center, follow Route 28 toward Chatham and we are on your right.
MUSEUM VISIT DETAILS
Wireless History Gallery
Your tour starts in the Wireless History Gallery with Guglielmo Marconi’s life, legacy and connection to Cape Cod. Learn Morse code at our interactive exhibit. Then explore our centennial exhibit “Chatham Maritime Radio - 1921”, foreshadowing Radio Corporation of America’s station WCC becoming the “largest US coastal station in the marine service” during the 20th century. Experience firsthand how a radio operator touching a Morse code key in Chatham could be heard by his counterparts aboard ships sailing the seven seas. And learn of the US Navy’s secret “Station C” which intercepted WWII Enigma cipher encrypted U-Boat messages. Encrypt your own secret message.
This year, we proudly celebrate the third of three consecutive centennial events, each historically important to both Chatham and America.
April 18, 1921 Chatham began marine radio service which continued for almost 75 years. Come explore our newest exhibit, “Chatham Maritime Radio”. And while you are in the Wireless History Gallery, spend a few minutes in the Museum Shop, browsing the wide selection of books, logo clothing, and other items.
Wireless Today Gallery
Next experience the Wireless Today Gallery which chronicles the digital revolution that surrounds us with wireless technology. See what’s inside your smart phone, both physically and in terms of the many things it replaces. Locate ships off Cape Cod in real time. See how Great White sharks and migrating seabirds are tracked and studied. Discover how radio ended sailors’ isolation at sea and satellite technology keeps mariners safe today with "Radio to the Rescue".
Antenna Field Trail
Then after your museum visit is over - but before you leave us - take a few minutes to walk the outdoor Antenna Field Trail. The trail is a winding path through the flora and fauna of Cape Cod with interpretive signs describing the station’s various radio antennas.
Thank you in advance for visiting us!