We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
WINNER WONDERLAND
Win Big When You Book on TripAdvisor

National Capital Radio and Television Museum

Sponsored by:
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: 2608 Mitchellville Rd, Bowie, MD 20716-1392
Phone Number: +1 301-390-1020
Website
Thursday
Closed
See all hours
Hours:
Fri 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat - Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Description:

The National Capital Radio & Television Museum is the only museum...

The National Capital Radio & Television Museum is the only museum devoted to broadcasting in the National Capital Region. Open to the public Friday 10-5 and Saturday/Sunday 1-5. Closed major holidays. The historic (1906) Harmel house serves as the Museum building. 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.

read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 27 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 23
    Excellent
  • 4
    Very good
  • 0
    Average
  • 0
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Cool little geek history museum

A small house jam-packed with displays on the history of radio and television. The staff was extremely knowledgeable, full of stories about everything on display and ready to... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Philosophyguru
,
Dover, Delaware
Add Photo Write a Review

27 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
Showing 27: English reviews
Dover, Delaware
Level Contributor
201 reviews
74 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 148 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A small house jam-packed with displays on the history of radio and television. The staff was extremely knowledgeable, full of stories about everything on display and ready to answer any question. Great job of preserving technology history.

Helpful?
Thank Philosophyguru
New York
Level Contributor
7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2016

The museum is a wonderful place to visit if you are interested in the history of radio and television. There are many vintage radios, televisions, and advertising pieces. Looking forward to returning in the future.

Helpful?
Thank harborjon
New York
Level Contributor
11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016 via mobile

I went to school for television and radio so of course I wanted to see this there is so much to be seen and learn my kids loves seeing all the costumes and characters I loved seeing the progresses we have made with technology the experience was awesome but no surprise we live all the museums in DC

Helpful?
Thank thisismysnokay
Riverview, Florida
Level Contributor
35 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2016

Located in what looks like an old farmhouse in the middle of modern subdivisions. Every room in the house was a joy to explore! Read almost everything. Goes all the way back to Marconi. So many TVs, radios, turntables, etc. I had to take a bunch of pictures, some items were so unique. The two docents were very knowledgeable and... More 

Helpful?
Thank Susan S
Bowie, MD
Level Contributor
22 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2016

I live five minutes from this hidden gem. I love looking at old technology and history. Very quaint. Enjoy a part of American history.

Helpful?
Thank tripthisbowie
Washington DC, District of Columbia
Level Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 15, 2016

We are always trying to find local, educational places to take our 4 children. We normally travel to DC for museums, but was surprise to find one so close to home. Tucked away, we found the Radio and TV Museum on a Friday evening and thought we'd give it a try. There was something for everyone: My wife who loves... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank Clydejjones
Forestville, Maryland
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 1, 2016

Took my grandson to see the Museum. He learned about radio waves and morse code. Saw old radios and televisions and watch some clips of old shows.

Helpful?
Thank Cat627
Bowie, Maryland
Level Contributor
57 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 18, 2016

THis small museum is a wonderful place to learn about radio and television and show the kids/grandkids how things used to be before internet streaming video and all the modern bells and whistles.

Helpful?
Thank bowiejohn2015
Woodstock, Virginia
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 17, 2016

Great place to see and hear radio's and tv's from the beginnings and to hear from knowledgeable hosts. Visited with a group of Ham radio operators from Woodstock, VA. Well worth the drive.

Helpful?
Thank listenagain
Bowie, Maryland
Level Contributor
25 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 8, 2016

This museum is an undiscovered jewel in the Washington, DC/Metro area. Located in Bowie, MD, this facility collects, maintains, and interprets/presents electronic equipment and media, programs, and significant printed materials to the general public about the implications and development of radio and television through time. Visitors can see original radios, television sets, and other equipment; listen to original radio broadcasts,... More 

Helpful?
Thank Robert M

Travelers who viewed National Capital Radio and Television Museum also viewed

 

Been to National Capital Radio and Television Museum? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from National Capital Radio and Television Museum staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?