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Address: 2608 Mitchellville Rd, Bowie, MD
Phone Number: 301-390-1020
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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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Radio and TV says it all!

My wife, brother, and sister visited this terrific museum for a couple hours recently, and had the good fortune to have a fascinating and extremely knowledgable guide take us... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 22, 2015
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Durham, North Carolina
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Durham, North Carolina
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35 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015 via mobile

My wife, brother, and sister visited this terrific museum for a couple hours recently, and had the good fortune to have a fascinating and extremely knowledgable guide take us through it. We were all born in the 1940's, so were able to go back all the way to our earliest memories of radio, which by then was firmly established as... More 

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Thank ArchieGoodwin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2015

This museum has something for everyone! The history of Radio and Television is told along three different areas. The technology, the shows, and the art of the devices themselves. From the crystal radios that you can listen to (without batteries!) to the beautiful cabinets and furniture, to the wonderful stories behind the displays. The docents make the displays come alive.... More 

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Thank Charlie K
Chevy Chase, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2015 via mobile

Came here from DC suburbs & it was well worth a trip. The tour is fascinating; everything is nicely displayed, and the history and technology are great fun to learn. Perfect for any age.

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Thank Beavextex
Culver City, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2015

As a fan of radio I knew I had to stop by this museum while I was in the area. Don't let its small physical location fool you. This place has an incredibly wide variety of radios and televisions covering both mediums infancy and early growth. The displays are professional and thoughtfully arranged. Plus you can listen to live radio... More 

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Thank Michael K
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2015

This is a great place if you remember or like the older radios and tvs. I took my father here and he enjoyed seeing some of the radios he had as a young kid many years ago. The guides were very informative and explained many things in detail. They answered all of the questions we had. They explained how the... More 

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Thank travelforfun77
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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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Thank Ken R
Bowie, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 via mobile

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 18, 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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