The Museum exhibits the listener and viewer side of both radio and television broadcasting over nearly a century, primarily receivers and related items. The Museum can be visited on your own, or you can take a free guided tour.
The Museum is open three days a week at present: Fridays from 9am to 4pm, and both Saturday and Sunday afternoons from 12pm to 4pm. In the event of a major holiday or extreme weather, the Museum may be closed, so please call ahead: (301) 390-1020.
In part, yes. The Museum is located in a century-old farmhouse, and the second floor does require use of a stairway (there is no elevator), but the first floor galleries are fully accessible, and there is a virtual tour of what is on the second floor.
The Museum has a number of special collections, such as a collection of early ham equipment, World War I equipment, radio station studio equipment, etc. but such items are at a remote storage location. From time to time such equipment will be featured in special temporary exhibits. The Museum also has an extensive library but much of it is also stored offsite. Those wishing to do historical research should contact the curator.
At the present time, the Museum offers books about radio and television history and engineering (many long out of print), restored vintage radios and thousands of vacuum tubes. The Museum also sells limited numbers of radio and television-related items. More information.
Absolutely! In addition to the Museum in Bowie, the Museum maintains and exhibit of early radio and television receivers on display at the Library of American Broadcasting at the University of Maryland.
As with most museums, yes! The National Capital Radio & Television is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and welcomes donations. Because of limited storage space; however, please contact our curator if you would like to donate radio or television receivers or related equipment. We also have a list of items we are seeking for exhibit. The Museum also accepts financial and in-kind donations. Please contact the office at (301) 390-1020 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in in-kind items or financial support.
In addition to donations (see previous question), the Museum welcomes those who would like to volunteer to help. While knowledge of some aspect of radio and television is hugely helpful, it’s not required. There are many potential roles—acting as a tour guide (docent), helping design and build exhibits, repairing old radios and televisions, and many other jobs that need doing. If you are interested, please contact the Museum.