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National Capital Radio and Television Museum

2608 Mitchellville Rd, Bowie, MD
301-390-1020
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Ranked #5 of 8 Attractions in Bowie
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Owner description: The National Capital Radio & Television Museum celebrated its 10th anniversary in June 2009. It is...
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Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Owner description: The National Capital Radio & Television Museum celebrated its 10th anniversary in June 2009. It is the only museum devoted to broadcasting in the National Capital Region. The historic (1906) Harmel house serves as the Museum building. The house and grounds belong to, and are maintained by, the city of Bowie, Maryland, while a group of volunteers and one paid employee operate the Museum. The first floor is accessible and there is a video about the exhibits on the second floor that can be played for those who cannot access the stairs.Open to the public Friday 10-5 and Saturday/Sunday 1-5. Closed major holidays.

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Wiehle, VA
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229 reviews 229 reviews
36 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

This museum is first rate from both a technological and cultural perspective, Although not every exhibit appears to be working, there seems to be few reproduction with most everything being original. If only this museum could get a larger facility to display what they have in storage! Although there's no entrance or admission fee, as such, consider giving a little... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

With a collection antique radios and TVs,recordings of early broadcasts and rare artifacts, it tells the story of the technology and the innovators who were instrumental to the development of modern day communications.

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Bowie, Maryland
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22 reviews 22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

This is one of those little hidden gems that you can pass by and not know it. But do look it up and go, it's a lot of fun and educational for both the kids and parents. My husband and I went soon as we heard about it and really enjoyed it. The people who work there can tell you... More 

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Brooklawn, NJ
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109 reviews 109 reviews
54 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013

Someone below called the museum charming. Excellent word. The Museum is a fun little museum. It's certainly not large, but it's a wonderful look at the history of broadcast radio and television, primarily from the perspective of the consumer. The collection is impressive, especially considering the size of the museum. The staff is very knowledgeable and really go to extra... More 

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Rockville, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

I was really impressed with the show representing the history or radio and TV. It is a small but very well organized and complete museum. It is organized by decades from last century, with several devices representing the evolution of the technology in a clear way. The guided tour is done by professionals that have lived the evolution of the... More 

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Bowie, MD
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2012

I've driven by this place hundreds of times and never really new it was a museum. What a charming relic and full of history. Glad its right in my back yard!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2012

Filled with fascinating examples of televisions and radios, an intimate museum that tells of the mediums' role in history and tech development. Warm, enthused, well-versed docents handle all questions thrown at them! Nice interactives. The romance of the radio era, the Golden Age of TV, the vital use of Morse, the leaps to today - packed into a historic farmhouse.... More 

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Bowie
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4 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2012

This is an interesting museum. Going there is like taking a trip back in time. The radios and TVs remind me of my grandfather's house back in the 60's. Take your teenagers there if you want to shock them regarding how good they have it now. IPod compared to a floor model radio. Very cool place to take Cub Scouts... More 

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