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Frank H. Woods Telephone Pioneer Museum

2047 M Street
402 436-4640

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The Frank H.Woods Telephone Pioneer Museum was incorporated in 1994 and officially opened in October 1996. It was created through the hard work of many local Pioneer volunteers, a grant by the Independent Telephone Pioneers Association (ITPA) and funding and support from Aliant Communications.

The museum is named for Frank H. Woods, Sr. (1868-1952) who founded Lincoln Telephone Company in 1903. The company began serving 1,800 Lincoln customers in June 1904. Telephony, an industry publication, praised the new company as "the first large automatically operated telephone exchange west of Chicago." 

Woods served as president and chairman of the board until 1946 when he resigned as president. He remained chairman until his death in April 1952. The TelephoneMuseum serves to educate the general public about the history of the telephone industry, especially the history of independent telephony and specifically that of The Lincoln Telephone and Telegraph Company and its founder, Frank H. Woods. 


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Tuesday, July 24, 2018
The Frank H. Woods Telephone Museum is the unknown, shining jewel of Lincoln. This museum has such a rich collection of telephones - one that would make the most diehard telephone enthusiast jealous. The collection within the museum is near priceless... it's really hard to believe that so much can be hidden - but it is, until you go find it. The tours at the museum are great and the guides so very friendly. If you want to see a very diverse history of telephone communications right here at home - a history that brought us to where we are today, then this is the place - the home of pioneers before us... better go see it soon though, 'cause it's said that the museum will closing up shop here very soon (unfortunately). It's now or never - do check it out while you have the chance... you'll be amazed, I guarantee it!!!

Dave Newman

Friday, June 29, 2018
A slice of history, telephone related equipment from the very early days up to the present time. The staff are all volunteers, retired telephone company employees, very knowledgeable.

Vicki Jensen

Saturday, June 16, 2018
Brought back memories. Glad we came to visit

Heather Barnes

Tuesday, June 12, 2018
A super fun Sunday afternoon adventure!

Diane Kaye

Tuesday, April 19, 2016
What a great museum! Well organized and curated, with a variety of telephones and related artifacts. Quite a bit of history here, especially as it pertains to Lincoln and southeast Nebraska. The museum is currently looking for a new location - I'm excited about their future. A larger space will allow for more exhibits and amenities. I'm hopeful this little slice of Americana will continue to educate and entertain for many more generations to come.

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