Last updated: 1/14/2014
Warner, New Hampshire
Street Address
22 East Main Street
Warner, NH 03278
Mailing Address
PO Box 444
Warner, NH 03278
Hours
May 1 - October 31
Tuesday - Saturday10 AM - 4 PM
November, December, March & April
Tuesday, Saturday10 AM - 4 PM
January & February
Open by appointment only
Admissions

Group discounts available.

AAA members receive 10% off the cost of admission.

Adults (18-59): $5
Seniors (over 60+): $4
Members: free
Students (Grades 1-12): $3
Museum Type(s)
Services
Gift Shop
Online Gift Shop
Special Event Rental
Group Tours
Staff
Laura French, Executive Director
phone: 603-456-2234
Graham Gifford, Program Director
phone: 603-456-2234
Paul Violette, President
phone: 603-456-2234
Mission

The New Hampshire Telephone Museum seeks to inspire curiosity by engaging a broad public audience in exhibitions and programs based on its remarkable and expanding collection. The Museum preserves the past and tells the stories of the telecommunications industry.

History

Alderic O. "Dick" Violette entered the telephone business on April 1, 1946 after returning from serving in the Army during WW II. He started his career at Merrimack County Telephone Company, the local independent telephone company serving the Warner, Bradford and Sutton Exchanges.

His first day was spent running an open wire line from the Plains in Warner NH to Waterloo. He was fitted with climbing equipment and given instructions. In 1959 Dick became Plant Superintendent for a neighboring independent Hopkinton Telephone Company which served the Contoocook Exchange. In 1972 he came back to MCTCo as Vice President & General Manager. He also remained with HTCo and managed both companies.

In 1977 the two companies merged and merged its work forces as well. His career spanned over 50 years where he did everything from digging pole holes by hand to running cables and splicing wires. He worked his way up through the ranks to the position of President & CEO of Merrimack County Telephone (or MCT Telecom as it was known then) and he retired in 1986. Dick ended his career as Chairman of the Board of MCT until it was sold to TDS Telecom on June 1, 2002.

Throughout his career Dick collected all sorts of telephone equipment, including phones, tools, books and related memorabilia. He always had it in the back of his mind that he would like to one day showcase his collection in a museum. The New Hampshire Telephone Museum Inc. was formed on May 10, 2001 and construction began on the museum building in 2003. In 2005 the Museum opened its doors during the Annual Warner Fall Foliage Festival and had over 500 visitors in that weekend alone.

Since then, the museum has hosted over 7000 guests from all parts of the country and world. It features nearly 1000 artifacts from Dick?s collectio, and 65 pieces from the collection of Gary Mitchell, one of Dick?s telephone counterparts from the Woodbury Telephone Company in Woodbury CT. Since opening we have received numerous other donated items from the public.

Educational Programs

Elementary Schools:

Elementary Schools: We are in the process of developing a museum in a box.

Phourth Phridays

The Telephone Museum also hosts a wide variety of events called the "Phourth Phridays" that are held at the museum each fourth Friday of every month running from May through October.

Facilities

We Host a Variety of Events

The New Hampshire Telephone Museum hosts a variety of events in both the Main Gallery and the Watson Room. The Watson Room can be scheduled for private use, such as area Toastmasters and American Sign Language classes, for example, with prior arrangements.

Lecture Halls

Performance Areas

Governance

The New Hampshire Telephone Museum has a board of directors.

Library

Access: General Public, Students, Scholars, Members

Appointment required: No

Publications
  • We publish a bi-monthly newsletter.
  • ADA

    The New Hampshire Telephone Museum is compliant with ADA.

    Wheelchair Accessible

    Parking

    Restrooms

    Services

    Volunteer

    Volunteers play an important role at NHTM. We welcome everyone from high school students looking to fulfill their volunteer requirement to retired folks and everyone in between. Volunteer opportunities include Spring/Fall cleanup, clerical work, outreach, tour guides, and other jobs as needed. Contact us today!

    Check Out Our Special Events

    Other special events will be posted on our website and on our social media sites.

    Gift Shop

    Online Gift Shop

    Special Event Rental

    Group Tours

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