The National Capital Radio & Television Museum, Bowie

Categories: Specialty Museums, Museums
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5/5 based on 25+ reviews on the web
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  • The museum is a wonderful place to visit if you are interested in the history of radio and television. There are many vintage radios, televisions, and advertising pieces. Looking forward to returning ...  read more »
  • I went to school for television and radio so of course I wanted to see this there is so much to be seen and learn my kids loves seeing all the costumes and characters I loved seeing the progresses we ...  read more »
  • Located in what looks like an old farmhouse in the middle of modern subdivisions. Every room in the house was a joy to explore! Read almost everything. Goes all the way back to Marconi. So many TVs, r...  read more »
  • 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.
  • Where locally can you see the birth of communication such as Radio and TV. The staff who volunteer are knowledgeable and friendly.
  • 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.
  • Lots of Art Deco style items! Simply beautiful. Make sure you ask to tour the ham shack!
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