The museum

Discover the museum

Lots of old telephones and modern telephones, telephone boxes, 15 working telephone exchanges, telexes, faxes, radio distribution, clocks, cables and measuring equipment for cable faults & mobile telephony, tools & clothing from the period from 1880 to the present. What is striking is that everything still works in detail.

The museum is housed in an industrial building dating from 1923 at the Vlaggemanstraat. At the time, it was built as a telephone exchange for the northern part of Rotterdam and is still  in service today, not only for communication but also to give an impression of the history of the PTT in Rotterdam.

PTT: Pitch, Tent, Take a nap.

PTT: Putje graven, Tentje zetten, Tukkie doen.

‘The name Houweling refers to the former director, he was the one who made it possible that the collection was housed in the building. First as ‘historical archive’, later as ‘Houweling Telecom Museum’. Compared to the old technology, there is not much to see of the modern telephone exchange. Since digitalazation less space is required for modern equipment that is located in a different part of the building. As result of that, the museum is now hosted in the front and biggest part of the building.

The museum is run by 25 enthusiastic & committed volunteers. All former PTT- and KPN employees who would like to invite you to our museum.

Telephony videos

Rijk de Gooijer switches to ISDN

An ARF dispatch at work.

Who else has a nice video?

Send a message to the curator or the chairman of the museum.