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National Capital Radio and Television Museum
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Amazing small place to visit

This place is truly amazing with bunch of old radio instruments and TVs back to 1930s to 1960s, I... read more

Reviewed July 13, 2019
yueandyqi
Must see when in the area!

Stopped here in route to the Booth Escape Route Tour offered by the Surratt House Museum in... read more

Reviewed April 12, 2019
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Reviewed April 12, 2019 via mobile

Stopped here in route to the Booth Escape Route Tour offered by the Surratt House Museum in Clinton. (Lincoln enthusiasts might want to check that one out!)The National Capital Radio and Television Museum is housed in a small older home which the museum rents from the city of Bowie. It includes an excellent and unique collection of early TV’s(Did you know that the BBC was broadcasting in 1936?) and radios. They even have a radio that would print the daily news! Knowledgeable docents offer guided tours and happily try to answer all your questions. We spent two hours and saw so many unique TV’s and radios.Lots of fun displays as well including the sound effects display that included items that were used on the radio for dramatic presentations.....creaky doors, phone rings, thunder...galloping horses (two coconut shell halves) etc. A few restored radios dating to mid century, are available to buy. We bought one from 1948 for $54. The museum is free, but donations are appreciated.

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank 981Linda
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Reviewed February 19, 2019

This special museum would be enjoyable to anyone with an interest in the history of radios and televisions. The welcoming and personable staff gives free tours (donations are welcome) of the historic home filled with nostalgia inducing exhibits. Some are hands-on like the radio sound effects exhibit. They also have books and other items available for purchase.

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed February 11, 2019

Went with a group of 17 that called ahead for a tour and was provided with two excellent guides who split the group so the rooms were not overcrowded. Reviewed with original equipment and exhibits everything that I had experienced all my life and the physics I had studied in high school and college. The exhibits had are well-labeled. The guides provided historical and social context for every invention and scientific breakthrough over the last two centuries. Just a short 30 min drive from DC. In a way it's more interesting than many Smithsonian exhibits and a collection that they don't have.
Very historic Blair House is a short drive nearby in Bowie. It should be combined to make a great day's outing. A $5. donation is welcome. The expert guides are all volunteers.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank biknallan
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Reviewed January 15, 2019 via mobile

Wonderful museum for and radio TV fans, particularly the historical stuff. If you remember vacuum tubes you'll certainly enjoy the small museum in Bowie, MD

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Margaret R
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Reviewed December 29, 2018

Michael B. was a gracious, patient and knowledgeable host on our private tour. We enjoyed listening to old radio programs and seeing some t.v. programs from the 1950's. This was an enjoyable trip down memory lane.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Happy S
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