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R.I.P. Telephone Museum: 5 More Small Houston Museums To See

News broke last week that the Heights AT&T building that houses the little-known Telephone Museum had been sold, leaving the collection of communication history homeless as of December 1 of this year.

The 46-year-old Telephone Museum (full name: The Doc Porter Museum of Telephone History) posted a frantic message on their website:

The Doc Porter Museum of Telephone History is in trouble.

AT&T has put our building up for sale, and we have just discovered that no provisions have been put in place to move or house our vast collection.

We currently are located on the second floor of 1714 Ashland Street in Houston, Texas, in the historic Heights area.

This space houses our wonderful collection of telephones, switchboards, instruments, documentation, books, and all the other pieces of telephone history that has taken many years to compile.

Our collection is one of the last in the country. With the closing of the telephone museums in Dallas and others, we are the one of the last in Texas, and one of only a handful in the country.

Most everyone who visits our Museum is extremely surprised and delighted by our tremendous collection of telephone history.

We are in desperate need to relocate. Any ideas? Please contact us.

The Ashland building is the museum's third home since its birth in 1966. So what will happen to the museum's collection post-sale? Will it be sold piecemeal to greedy collectors a la the closing of in 2011?

If that's the future, the you only have three short months to see the Telephone Museum's collection, which includes switchboards, rotaries and more. While you're at it, we've compiled five other small Houston-area museums you should check out if you haven't yet.

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