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The Mastertel company opens the Museum of Telephone History! We are pleased to present our exhibition of original and rare telephones from the late 19th to mid 20th centuries

The Museum of Telephone History, Russia's largest collection of telephony artifacts, is the new large-scale project of Mastertel, one of the leading telecommunications providers in Moscow and St. Petersburg. Mastertel regularly initiates, organizes and participates in many social and cultural projects. One of them is the creation of a super-modern high-tech Museum of Telephone History, exhibiting a unique collection of rare handsets and accessories from Europe, the USA and Russia.

A simple hobby like the history of telephony has been transformed into a large collection. It was created in just seven years. All resources were used to locate rare apparatus: some examples were bought at online antique auctions. Others on specialized trades in Western Europe. Several mini-collections have been acquired from private individuals in Russia and abroad

The collection grew and eventually the idea of creating a museum was conceived, not only working as a scientific and educational institution that combines the functions of selection, storage and display of historical and cultural values, but also solves a number of significant social problems. This idea was based on a sincere desire to make the accumulated knowledge about the history of the industry available to the public. By this example we are emphasizing the importance of the social responsibility of business to society.

Three and a half years later in May 2013, in the historic center of St. Petersburg, a new ultramodern, high-tech, multi-functional Museum of Telephone History opened its doors

We invite you on a fascinating journey into the past and offer a glimpse into the wonderful world of telephone history: learn how it all began and how this much-needed means of communication, that has been serving us for two centuries already, evolved and improved with each decade