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National Capital Radio and Television Museum

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Address: 2608 Mitchellville Rd, Bowie, MD
Phone Number: 301-390-1020
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Description: The National Capital Radio & Television Museum celebrated its 10th...
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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I must see for techies or families with kids age 11 and up

We take our communication technology for granted as most of us have been raised with color TV HDTV and I heart Radio or Pandora streaming music. Watch the history of radio and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 17, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

We take our communication technology for granted as most of us have been raised with color TV HDTV and I heart Radio or Pandora streaming music. Watch the history of radio and TV with TV on sets you have never seen before! Ask for David Green as one of your tour guides. Your welcome to visit for free on your... More 

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Bowie, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

Right in my neighborhood. The guide was very knowledgeable. The history of the radio and television from its conception - very interesting.

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Lake Oswego, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

this is a little hidden gem of a museum. If you're interested in old radio and television technology, this is a good place to visit. Good for older kids who are technology; it's sure to give them perspective on how far broadcast technology has come. It's in a nice old house with 2 floors. Each room is filled, nicely laid... More 

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Wiehle, VA
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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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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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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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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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