JKL Museum of Telephony

Much progress has been made rebuilding our telephone museum! Our display cabinets and walls are full of phones from the 1870s to the 1980s. The library is growing and getting organized. Our 400 line Western Electric Step-by-Step telephone switch and the 400 line Stromberg Carlson XY switch are working and provide dial tone to a large number of our display phones.  Still a lot of items on the to-do list including the outside plant, military, civil defense, mobile phones,  test equipment  and teletype displays which are currently under construction. If you want to see our progress, check the pictures below, or write to us and set up a tour. That is what it is all about, visitors coming to look at telephone history at our telephone museum.

Thank you to the collector community and friends of the JKL Museum for helping us in so many ways. We couldn’t have come this far without your help.


We are still seeking quality items to add to the collection. Have a look at our wishlist.

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American Museum of Telephony –  aka: JKL Museum of Telephony
+ 1 (209) 755-4949
Email Us at jklcollection@jklmuseum.com

The photo slider below shows current photos:

  • The entry hall with an antique oak double wall telephone booth.

Our Telephone Museum’s Name

The JKL name is the creation of our telephone museum’s main benefactor, John K. La Rue, whose initials just happen to appear above the number 5 on most telephone dials.    

The rebuilt collection includes telephones and related equipment from all over the world, dating from the late 1870s to the 1980s. Among our many goals is to have working telephones and demonstrations from all eras, and to interconnect working telephones by way of the collections extensive central office type switching system. The collection includes a library of telephony publications, including catalogs, brochures, and telephone company publications. The collection continues to grow through the acquisition of private collections, donations of library materials, and purchases from private and public sources.

We hope you enjoy visiting our museum website with many photographs we have assembled of the old and new collections in a variety of categories. If you have questions or would like to schedule a tour, please send us an email.

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