Telephone Museum

TM Sign 2020 AThe Telephone Museum will be open most Saturdays (depending on the availability of volunteers able to docent) from Noon to 4pm. In our desire to protect the health and safety of our visitors and volunteers, we are requiring all visitors to use hand sanitizer upon entering, wear a face mask, and to social distance throughout the house. A maximum of 6 people will be allowed into the Museum at one time. Enjoy your visit and stay healthy!

Cle Elum was one of the last cities in the country to use a manual telephone switchboard. In September of 1966, the Cle Elum Historical Telephone Museum was established when Pacific Northwest Bell deeded its building to the Society for a museum of telephone history. It is now the oldest complete telephone museum west of the Mississippi, with displays covering the history of telephone technology from 1876 to the present.  In addition to the telephone displays, the museum features a collection of coal mine artifacts which were donated by local miners, and a selection of memorabilia from Cle Elum State Bank, built in 1906 by Frank Carpenter and run under his direction for over 50 years.

Telephone Museum – 221 East 1st Street – Cle Elum WA 98922


(If you’re planning to visit, give us a call at (509) 649-2880 to check if we’ll be open.)

FREE Admission (Donations gladly accepted!)