The Art & History Museums – Maitland (A&H) highlights several pieces of its telephone collection in a Spotlight on the Telephone Collection, opening on December 20 in the A&H’s Maitland Historical Museum.
“The A&H has a significant collection of telephones and telephone equipment, dating back to the early 1900s,” says Jill Nash, A&H Curator of History. “This collection spotlight presents a great opportunity to display newer pieces in our collection, in addition to some that have not been on display for a while due to the limited space in our Telephone Museum.”
Items in the spotlight include a crank phone, which once was a direct line from Winn Dixie to the Yellow Cab Co.; articles from the Winter Park Telephone and United Telephone Systems; some of the more modern phones in the A&H’s collection; and field equipment, once used to set up and repair telephone lines.
After viewing the Collection Spotlight, the A&H encourages guests to tour its Telephone Museum, located directly behind the Maitland Historical Museum. This interactive museum allows visitors to experience the days of early telephone service in Central Florida. Try your hand at the working switching station and then take a look at how phones have changed through history. This intriguing collection features the story of the Winter Park Telephone Company, founded by Carl Galloway in 1910.
The A&H’s Maitland Historical Museum and Telephone Museum are located at 220 W. Packwood Avenue, Maitland. Museum Hours are Thursday – Sunday, 12 – 4 PM. Admission is as follows: Adults: $3.00, Seniors (55 & older): $2.00, Children (4-18 years): $2.00, Children (3 & under): FREE. A&H Members receive free admission. Admission to the A&H’s Telephone Museum is included in the admission price to the A&H’s Maitland Historical Museum.
Art & History Museums – Maitland
231 W. Packwood Avenue, Maitland, FL 32751