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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
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13:00 - 17:00
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Fri 10:00 - 17:00
Sat - Sun 13:00 - 17:00
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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Local fun for all ages (not so much for the very young)

For those who live in Bowie Maryland, near Bowie, Or maybe passing through stop by it's worth the trip. I would not recommend for non-school aged children. There are not enough... read more

Reviewed 13 February 2017
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Bowie, Maryland
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Bowie, Maryland
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13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 13 February 2017

For those who live in Bowie Maryland, near Bowie, Or maybe passing through stop by it's worth the trip. I would not recommend for non-school aged children. There are not enough exhibits for very young children to interact. But for the rest, go! It is more fun with more generations in your group. You can all see something to associate... More 

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Bowie, Maryland
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14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 13 February 2017

One of the City of Bowie's smaller museums. But if you're into radio and TV history, this is the place to go to. Originally a store and gas station, it was saved and converted into the museum.

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Thank Ray and Jan H
Bowie, Maryland
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9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 18 January 2017

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
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 January 2017

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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214 reviews
77 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 148 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 November 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
Reviewed 7 September 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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11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 22 August 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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Thank thisismysnokay
Riverview, Florida
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45 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 August 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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Thank Susan S
Bowie, MD
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22 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 August 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 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 June 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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