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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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We offer guided tours on Friday (9-4) and Saturday and Sunday (12-4) and by appointment. Our tours are interactive.

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Current Exhibits

Gallery 7: How it all Works

The primary display here demonstrates a variety of radio sound effects. In the medium’s earliest days, any sounds had to be created by hand (such as network chimes, horses’ hooves, or an oncoming storm)—by the late 1930s, stations could purchase records with virtually any sound desired. Visito...

Portable Radio in American Life

“You Can Take it With You” the Portable Radio in American Life (December 2009–December 2010) This exhibition traces the development of portable radios from the heavy “lugables” of the late 1920s to the high-quality miniature digital devices of today. Segments illustrate: Early “Portabili...