• Chatham Marconi Maritme Center / Marconi-RCA Wireless Museum

    Chatham Marconi Maritme Center / Marconi-RCA Wireless Museum

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    About Us

    Founded in 2002, the Chatham Marconi Maritime Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation which celebrates the rich history of 20th century maritime radio and the innovative advances in science and technology that continue to transform our lives. The Center sits on the 11.3-acre site of the former Marconi-RCA Wireless Receiving Station built for Guglielmo Marconi in 1914, and which is on the National Register of Historic Places. Marconi’s Wireless Receiving Station was initially part of his visionary global point-to-point radio network planned to link America with Europe and Japan. Bought by RCA following the First World War, Chatham Radio WCC instead rose to preeminence as ''The World's Greatest Coastal Station'' serving mariners around the globe until late in the last century, and played a crucial role for the US Navy during World War II.
    The 10 original, distinctive buildings and the adjacent antenna field comprise the campus and have been preserved by the Town of Chatham. Today, the former Operations and Residence Hotel buildings serve respectively as the Center's Marconi-RCA Wireless Museum and it's Education Center. Chatham Marconi Maritime Center’s mission is executed through operation of the museum and the advancement of youth STEM education, principally in communications science. In addition to the museum’s exhibits and interpretive programs, the Center offers forward-thinking STEM education in area schools through its unique Chatham Marconi TechSmart program, STEM After Hours outside the classroom, and fun on-site Summer STEM classes.

    Images

    A drone's eye view of Chatham Marconi Maritime Center (Chris Seufert)
    The Marconi-RCA Wireless Museum, Operating Building ca. 1914
    A new exhibt for 2023 features sorites of the great ocean liners.
    Chatham Radio WCC and the story of long-range maritime radio.
    The Education Center, formerly the employees' Residence Building ca. 1914
    A typical Summer STEM Robotics class - one of many.
    Princess Elettra Marconi shops at our museum store!

    Events

    Marconi-RCA Wireless Museum - Open Weekends
    • Discover the history of wireless telegraphy and ship-to shore radio at the site of ''The World's Greatest Coastal Station''!
    • Thursday May 30, 2024
    Marconi-RCA Wireless Museum - Open Weekends
    • Discover the history of wireless telegraphy and ship-to shore radio at the site of ''The World's Greatest Coastal Station''!
    • Friday May 31, 2024
    Marconi-RCA Wireless Museum - Open Weekends
    • Discover the history of wireless telegraphy and ship-to shore radio at the site of ''The World's Greatest Coastal Station''!
    • Saturday Jun 1, 2024
    Marconi-RCA Wireless Museum - Open Weekends
    • Discover the history of wireless telegraphy and ship-to shore radio at the site of ''The World's Greatest Coastal Station''!
    • Sunday Jun 2, 2024
    Marconi-RCA Wireless Museum - Open Weekends
    • Discover the history of wireless telegraphy and ship-to shore radio at the site of ''The World's Greatest Coastal Station''!
    • Thursday Jun 6, 2024
    "Sea Captains of Cape Cod" - Michael Pregot
    "Sea Captains of Cape Cod" - Michael Pregot
    • Chatham Marconi Welcomes Dr. Michael Pregot, historian and author of ''Sea Captains of Cape Cod'' to its Speaker Series.
    • Thursday Jun 6, 2024
    Marconi-RCA Wireless Museum - Open Weekends
    • Discover the history of wireless telegraphy and ship-to shore radio at the site of ''The World's Greatest Coastal Station''!
    • Friday Jun 7, 2024
    Marconi-RCA Wireless Museum - Open Weekends
    • Discover the history of wireless telegraphy and ship-to shore radio at the site of ''The World's Greatest Coastal Station''!
    • Saturday Jun 8, 2024
    Marconi-RCA Wireless Museum - Open Weekends
    • Discover the history of wireless telegraphy and ship-to shore radio at the site of ''The World's Greatest Coastal Station''!
    • Sunday Jun 9, 2024
    Chatham History Weekend 2024 - Experience It!
    Chatham History Weekend 2024 - Experience It!
    Chatham Marconi's Annual Members' Business Meeting & Special Chatham History Week Program
    Chatham Marconi's Annual Members' Business Meeting & Special Chatham History Week Program
    • Chatham Marconi’s 21st Annual Meeting & program “From Short Waves to Satellites”, Saturday, June 15.
    • Saturday Jun 15, 2024
    Music on the Veranda - Larry and Vic, Playing the Music of America
    Music on the Veranda - Larry and Vic, Playing the Music of America
    • “Larry and Vic” are a musical duo harmonizing classic light rock and country favorites over guitar rhythms and dobro riffs.
    • Wednesday Jun 26, 2024
    Speaker Series: The Golden Age of Ocean Liners: A Short History of 100 Years of Transatlantic Travel
    Speaker Series: The Golden Age of Ocean Liners: A Short History of 100 Years of Transatlantic Travel
    • Chatham Marconi Welcomes Brian Dudley to its Speaker Series. Join us for The Golden Age of Ocean Liners: A Short History of 100 Years of Transatlantic Travel.
    • Thursday Jun 27, 2024
    Music on the Veranda - Kathleen Healy, Saltwater Songwriter.
    Music on the Veranda - Kathleen Healy, Saltwater Songwriter.
    • Singer & songwriter Kathleen Healy will perform for your enjoyment on the veranda of Marconi's “Hotel Nautilus” from 4:30 until 6:00 PM.
    • Wednesday Jul 24, 2024