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Attention TV lovers! Grab this White Noise Shower Curtain for a retro feel while you shower!

As we know, before today’s digital televisions people used to have analog televisions. Every time the receiver would lose its signal it the screen would turn black-and-white and it was called “white noise” or “snow” and it looks like a snow storm on the screen. This unique White Noise Shower Curtain looks like a giant screen of white noise!

The White Noise Shower Curtain is a great throwback to older technology. Tech lovers are sure to get a kick out of this unique looking curtain! A great, fun way to protect your bathroom floor from water while you shower! This nearly 5 foot 11 inch 100% polyester curtain will reliably do its job much better than the old TVs we used to have.

We’ve found them for sale online for between $20 and $30 (plus postage); the Museum is selling for a modest $15 (+ additional taxes/postage/handling), or you can pick up at the Museum.

Limited supply and when they’re gone, they, too, will be a thing of the past.

Contact the office at 301-390-1020 or email us to order.


April is: Abbott and Costello Ride Again month
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
2:00 p.m.
At the Museum

In the late 1940s and 1950s, zany comedians Abbott and Costello were highly popular, appearing on radio shows, TV shows, in movies, and stage appearances. Their TV show aired from 1952-53. Critics thought their pun-filled slapstick humor much too corny to take seriously, but audiences loved them. During April we present four examples of their humor.

April 3-5: Installing a Television Set
April 10-12: Haunted House
April 17-19: Vacation trip
April 24-26: South of Dixie.


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!





Please consider using these businesses as a way of thanking them for supporting us!

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The Longaberger Co., Roberta Borges, Bowie, MD
Simpson & Simpson, PLLC, Williamsville, NY
Toth Distribution Services, Bowie, MD
Widmann Financial, Bowie, MD

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Silver level
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If your business would like to join these companies in supporting the Museum, please contact Laurie Baty.

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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The Museum is a proud member of

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

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