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National Capital Radio and Television Museum

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Address: 2608 Mitchellville Rd, Bowie, MD 20716-1392
Phone Number:
+1 301-390-1020
Today
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Hours:
Fri 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat - Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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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.

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Great unique museum.

It is packed full of old equipment and memorabilia from when radio was king and television was in its infancy. They also have a library of old radio shows you can listen to as... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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Bowie, Maryland
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Bowie, Maryland
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9 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

It is packed full of old equipment and memorabilia from when radio was king and television was in its infancy. They also have a library of old radio shows you can listen to as well.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is a wonderful museum of the 'old-school exhibits' variety that lays out the development of radio and television from the beginning up to the transistor era. Why is it relevant besides nostalgia? Because everything that we revel in today- i-phones and internet and (putting aside the telephone for the moment) instant electronic communication- started with this! Older people will... More 

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Thank Tom H
Dover, Delaware
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 21, 2016

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.

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Thank Philosophyguru
New York
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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.

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Thank harborjon
New York
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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

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Riverview, Florida
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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 

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Bowie, MD
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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.

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Thank tripthisbowie
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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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 

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Forestville, Maryland
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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.

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Thank Cat627
Bowie, Maryland
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57 reviews
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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.

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