Call For Artifacts
The museum is looking for smart phones to add to our cell phone collection. Currently our collection encompasses cell phones from the old brick style to Blackberries. What we hope to find are various models of touch screen cell phones. If you have one that you would like to donate to our collection, please bring it by the museum during our hours of operation.
If the phone is in poor condition, you can still bring it in for recycling as the museum is a member of the RecycleMyCell program. To find out more about this program, or to find a drop off site closer to you, click here.
The Telephone Historical Centre has an extensive collection of antique telephones and telecommunications technology. Through hands-on exhibits, visitors can interact with some of the artefacts and experience history first hand. The museum also recently introduced QR codes (two-dimensional bar codes) at some of the exhibits allowing visitors to learn more information about the artefacts using their smart phones.
If you have something you think would be a great addition to our collection, please call or email the museum or bring it by during our hours of operation. For large items or large collections, please call or email first, as we have limited storage space and may not be able to take the item(s). However, we may be able to connect you with other organizations who may be more than happy to give your item(s) a home.
Replica of one of two telephone units ordered for service in Edmonton in 1885 by Alex Taylor. The original phones were the first two telephones in Alberta, and were manufactured by the Consolidated Telephone Construction and Maintenance Company of London, England. This wall telephone represented an evolution in telephone design in that the transmitter and receiver were separated for easier use.