The National Capital Radio & Television Museum, Bowie

(4.7/5 based on 25+ reviews on the web)
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TripAdvisor
  • It is packed full of old equipment and memorabilia from when radio was king and television was in its infancy. They also have a library of old radio shows you can listen to as well. 
  • This is a wonderful museum of the 'old-school exhibits' variety that lays out the development of radio and television from the beginning up to the transistor era. Why is it relevant besides nostalgia?...  more »
  • A small house jam-packed with displays on the history of radio and television. The staff was extremely knowledgeable, full of stories about everything on display and ready to answer any question. Grea...  more »
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  • I went with a good friend and ending up spending the whole afternoon there. The exhibits are wonderful. This is a gem of a museum. The people that run it are extremely knowledgeable and helpful. Anyone interested in the history of radio and TV will enjoy this. I must caution visitors that this is not quick in and out. Be prepared to spend some time. It is a lot of fun
  • A charming, small museum (and I love small museums in general) We were there several years ago, and remember an especially good experience because one of the volunteers gave us a tour, and provided a thought-provoking historical context to all the interesting (and sometimes beautifully crafted) objects gathered there. He conveyed that long before the Web, radio seemed like a miracle, bringing voices and music and information out of the air. (He was a farm-boy out on the plains of depression-era Midwest). Large museums, such as the nearby Smithsonian line-up, are impressive. But they exert a pressure to keep moving on, while a small museum like this is logistically an easy afternoon outing, that allows time to ponder and discuss and really look at what's offered. More people should know about this place.
  • I am biased because my husband volunteers at this museum. It is only open Friday, Saturday and Sunday and it is a tiny museum in a farmhouse. It teeters on the verge of being a cabinet of curiosities because the walls have many 20th century radios and later televisions. The volunteers, who give tours, are typically people who used to work in radio or studied it. They are very passionate, but you will either get a tour about the technical aspects of the medium OR the cultural impact. It is great for all ages and children will learn something simply by being exposed to this early technology. The museum welcomes scouts, home groups, seniors and homeschoolers. There are a few hands on exhibits.
  • Where locally can you see the birth of communication such as Radio and TV. The staff who volunteer are knowledgeable and friendly.
  • Lots of Art Deco style items! Simply beautiful. Make sure you ask to tour the ham shack!