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Click for a cause button CLICK FOR A CAUSE! For the second year in a row, the Museum has been accepted into WTOP’s (103.5FM) “Click for a Cause” charity event. Vote for the NCRTV Museum in the WTOP Click for a Cause Contest to help us win $12,000! Here’s the link and remember to share with family and friends! Vote at: Voting begins Monday, September 14 and ends Friday, September 25.  

SCREENINGS September is The Lone Ranger month Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 2:00 p.m. At the Museum This program was so popular with young people a couple of generations ago, that today when older people hear Rossini’s William Tell Overture, The Lone Ranger’s theme song, they think of the Lone Ranger. This show aired on radio from 1933, with the television version beginning in 1949. Plots were simple cases of good vs. evil, with the Lone Ranger and his companion Tonto fighting crime and injustice in the old West. Each weekend in September a different episode will be shown.

WANT TO SUPPORT THE MUSEUM? YOU CAN DONATE NOW! If you wish to make a financial donation to the Museum, you have two options. The Museum has recently become a non-profit member of the local community foundation Chesapeake Charities to better position itself to raise money for its programs. One of the benefits of this partnership is the ability to raise funds through the Web. If you’d like to make an online donation to the Museum, please click the “donate now” button to go to PayPal. All donated funds are held for the Museum by Chesapeake Charities. PLEASE NOTE: The “Make a Donation” button should NOT be used for payments for goods or services (e.g., tubes, SAMs, or photocopies). If you wish to use PayPal to pay for those items, let us know and we will invoice you. Thanks!

If you would prefer to send us a check, checks should be made payable and sent to: NCRTV Museum PO Box 1809 Bowie, MD 20717 Credit cards also may be used. Please call the office at 301-390-1020 during regular business hours to consult with staff regarding such payments.

RCA 6J6 tube and boxLOOKING FOR OLD TUBES for your radio? Check out our online store and tubes available for purchase!    




    BE A BUSINESS BOOSTER! 2015 Platinum level Names appear here, in Dials and Channels, and in the Museum lobby Widmann Financial Services, Bowie, MD Gold level Names appear in the Museum lobby and in Dials and Channels Silver level Names appear in the Museum lobby If your business would like to support the Museum, please contact the Museum.

DOCENTS WANTED! The Museum is looking for volunteers to serve as docents–people willing to take visitors on tours of the Museum. It is fun and rewarding! The Museum (which has been called “one of the 10 best museums in the State of Maryland”) will provide training. You’ll become an expert on the history of radio & TV. Docents are asked to agree to be on duty at least one day per month. To find out more, email Director Brian Belanger or call the museum at 301-390-1020.

THE NATIONAL CAPITAL RADIO & TELEVISION MUSEUM in Bowie, Maryland, opened its doors to the public in 1999, and since then has continued to grow in stature. Located just thirty minutes from the U.S. Capitol, the National Capital Radio & Television Museum has an extensive collection of old radio and TV literature and radio and television artifacts and working displays. The National Capital Radio & Television Museum is a non-profit corporation dedicated to the preservation of radio and television history.

Things To Do

  • Take a tour and see the evolution of radio & television
    • Review a fabulous collection of vintage receivers and related memorabilia
    • Listen to radio broadcasts on early radio receivers
    • Watch early television shows on vintage sets


Things To See

  • 40 lb. “portable” radio
    • Reado “radio” that prints out the newspaper
  • Philco “Mystery” remote control
  • Radio that takes pictures
  • TV set showcased at the 1939 World’s Fair

Museum Hours: Friday: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm Saturday and Sunday: 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm Other times by appointment

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We are a recognized Federal Charity for the Combined Federal Campaign: Our CFC Number is 87245.

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