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Welcome to the National Capital Radio and Television Museum

We are located in Bowie, Maryland, just thirty minutes from the US Capitol. The Museum has collection of vintage radios and televisions, as well as an extensive collection of related literature, artifacts, and media. The Museum is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, dedicated to the preservation of radio and television history.

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Current Exhibits

Gallery 4: Radio’s Golden Age

  Thanks both to improving technology (such as smaller tubes) and the pressures of the Depression, radios grew smaller and more compact—and less expensive. While most were still in wooden cases, here we see some early plastic cases as well. And a few reflect the art deco movement popular at t...

Gallery 5: Post-War Radio

  The radios (and a few early television sets) in this main floor gallery appeared in the late 1940s and into the 1960s as radio began to share audience time and interest with television. Regular network television service began on NBC, CBS, ABC, and the short-lived DuMont network in mid-1948, ...

Gallery 6: Rise of Television

  Here, in what used to be the living room of Harmel House, you will see examples from the first two decades of television development. In the late 1920s a number of inventors promoted “scanning disc television,” in which the picture was created by light shining through a rapidly spinning m...