Guglielmo Marconi was born in 1874 to wealthy family in Bologna, Italy.

As a young man of 20, he began experimenting with wireless telegraphy and went on to establish a permanent transmission station in the small coal-mining town of Glace Bay, Nova Scotia.

Working at the Table Head station in 1902, Marconi proved that messages could be carried long distances via electromagnetic waves. A wire antenna was suspended from 200-foot (64-metre) wooden towers and a wireless message telegraphed across the Atlantic. It was the beginning of the wireless age.

Today, you can see where Marconi made global communications history and explore telecommunications history in the Wireless Hall of Fame where you can see instruments like those used in Marconi’s original transmissions.

Trace the routes followed by Marconi’s wireless message or watch a volunteer operator send and receive his own messages from all over the world.