Financial Donations

If you wish to make a financial donation to the Museum, you have two options.

PLEASE NOTE: The PayPal option 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!

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 a 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.

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.


Amazon Smile

We are included in the Amazon chartiable site, Amazon Smile. All you need to do is log in with your Amazon account, search for and select the National Capital Radio & Television Museum as your charity. Every time you’re ready to purchase something at Amazon, go to the Amazon Smile URL ( log in, and shop. We will receive .05% of eligible purchases. If you have any questions, please go to: Amazon Smile FAQs page.

Donations of Radios, Televisions, and Related Items

The NCRTV welcomes donations of appropriate items for the Museum. NCRTV is an IRS 501(c)(3) organization, so if you itemize deductions on your tax return you can claim a deduction for the fair market value of the donation. As with all charitable donations, it is up to you, the donor, to determine the value of donated items for tax purposes; however, you are welcome to refer to antique radio price guides in our library. IRS requires that you hire a professional appraiser to establish the value of particularly valuable items.

While donated items frequently are added to the Museum’s permanent collection, you should understand that NCRTM will not retain all donated items for our museum collections. When we receive a duplicate of an item we already have, we will keep the best example and deaccession the other. Radios, TVs, or other items in poor condition that would require extensive restoration work to be readied for display will not be kept if we know that we can easily locate similar ones in good condition in private collections that could be loaned to us for display whenever we need them. From time to time the Museum holds auctions of surplus property. Such auctions help to provide operating funds that are essential to the museum’s success, so even if your donated item is not retained, you can still be confident that you have helped the Museum and that the item will end up in the collection of someone who will enjoy it. While we usually can give you an indication as to whether the item you are considering donating will be kept, we cannot guarantee that any particular item will be kept in perpetuity. The NCRTV deed of gift form that you will sign states that you give the item with no strings attached. If that is not acceptable to you, then you should not make the donation.

Items We Will Definitely Accept (Check with us regarding other items):

  • Books and magazines: Any radio or television related books or magazines prior to 1960—technical books, radio history books, broadcasting items such as early TV Guides, etc. (We may take some items later than 1960, but please check with librarian.) We do not want Life Magazines, Popular Mechanics, or other books or magazines not related to radio and television.
  • Any radio or separate speaker prior to World War II
  • Any tube radio except for some large radio/phono consoles after World War II
  • Any transistor radio up to 1970 and modern novelty transistor radios
  • Any radio/TV test equipment
  • Any black and white television set prior to 1950 (and a few rare or novelty ones after that–inquire)
  • Very early color sets circa mid-1950s
  • Wire recorders and early tape recorders
  • Boxes of useable radio parts (check with Curator)
  • Tubes, new or used
  • Microphones
  • Ham equipment
  • Records—only if they are radio related (e.g., transcription disks, sound effects records)
  • Pictures, audio tapes, brochures, advertising ephemera, scrapbooks, etc. related to radio and TV performers, stations, and networks

For additional information please contact the museum’s curator via email at, or by phone at (301) 258-0708. In some cases we may be able to pick up donations at your site.