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Hurdy-Gurdy Museum of Vintage Radio

Dublin, Ireland

Address Martello Tower, Abbey Street
Floor area only roughly guessed: 67 m² / 722 ft²   Area for radios (if not the same) 50 m² / 540 ft²
Museum typ Exhibition
Radio and Kommunication in general
  • Mechanical Music Instruments
  • TV and image recording
  • Tubes/Valves / Semiconductors
  • Radios (Broadcast receivers)
  • Telephone / Telex
  • Morse technology
  • Gramophone (no electrical sound transmission)
  • Amateur Radio / Military & Industry Radio
  • Electrical Applications

Opening times
May - October: daily 11am - 4pm,
November - April: Saturday &Sunday 11am - 4pm

Status from 02/2019
Adults: €5, Students €3.

Mobile:+353 86 381 8865  eMail:hgmovr  


Our page for Hurdy-Gurdy Museum of Vintage Radio in Dublin, Ireland, is administrated by member Joe Guilfoyle. Please write to him about your experience with this museum, for corrections of our data or sending photos by using the Contact Form to the Museum Finder.

Location / Directions
N53.387667° W6.063675°N53°23.26002' W6°3.82050'N53°23'15.6012" W6°3'49.2300"

The Martello tower, which houses the museum, is located on Tower Hill overlooking Howth Harbour. Access is from Abbey Street up a sloping pathway, almost opposite the historic Abbey Tavern.

Some example model pages for sets you can see there:

CS: Tesla; Praha, Talisman 307U (307U-1) (1953-58)
DK: SP Radio S.P., SSB-Transmitter Sailor T126 (1973??)
GB: Marconi Co. Marconiphone Crystal A Type RB3 M2 (1922)
GB: Ericsson Telephones Super Three Valve (1923)
GB: Tofield, H.C., Ltd., Syren (1923/24)
GB: Ericsson Telephones Super Three Valve (1923?)
GB: Marconi Co. Marconiphone 41 (1925)
GB: British Brunswick Cliftophone Portable (1925??)
GB: Philips Electrical, Superinductance 634A (1933)
GB: Ferranti, GB 145 (1945)
GB: Bush Radio; London SUG26 (1951)
GB: AVO Ltd.; London Valve-Tester 160 (1951??)
GB: Bush Radio; London BAC31 (1953)
GB: Masteradio, London Marlow D155 (1954)
GB: Ever Ready Co. GB Power Pack PP10 (1956??)
GB: His Master's Voice 1451 (1959/60)
GB: Decca Brand, Samuel TPW70 (1961)
J: Icom, Inoue IC-706 (1995)
NL: Philips; Eindhoven BX633A (1953-55)
USA: Randix Industries Chevy 57 (Chevrolet bel air novelty) CR-1957 (1991)

Some example tube pages for sets you can see there:

Triode, vacuum PM2HL


The museum of vintage radio, located in the Martello Tower houses a fine collection of exhibits chronicling the history of telecommunications from the 1840s to date.
There are many examples of early Morse equipment, gramophones, crystal sets, valve radios and other pieces of equipment. Pat Herbert († 18th June, 2020), the curator was always happy to demonstrate some of the many working exhibits.

Fittingly, the Martello Tower has historic links with Marconi and Lee deForest, two of the fathers of wireless, who conducted early experiments from the tower in the 1900's. It was also the site of an early cable station. The Howth Martello is one of a network of towers built as lookouts for an expected Napoleonic invasion, which never materialised.

Maitiu Standun, a friend of the hurdy gurdy museum:
Theres a history attached to the building, as there are towers of this type built all around the coast of ireland. Back in the 19th century the authorities had them built within sight of each other so as they could communicate by semaphore as they were used as look outs for an expected invasion by nepolean ,the tower in howth co' dublin was later used as a cable station that was connected up to undersea telephone cables.

Marconi conducted tests from here at one stage as did Deforrest in the early stage of wireless [radio], one of the first ship to shore messages were received here in this building. presents here one of the many museum pages. We try to bring data for your direct information about all that is relevant. In the list (link above right) you find the complete listing of museums related to "Radio & Co." we have information of. Please help us to be complete and up to date by using the contact form above.



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