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NCRTV - The National Capital Radio & Television Museum

20716 Bowie, MD, United States of America (USA) (Maryland)

Address 2608 Mitchellville Road
Floor area unfortunately not known yet  
Museum typ Exhibition
Radio and Kommunication in general
  • TV and image recording
  • Tubes/Valves / Semiconductors
  • Radios (Broadcast receivers)
  • Transmitting and Studio technique
  • Morse technology
  • Measuring Instruments, Lab Equipment

Opening times
Friday: 9am - 4pm; Saturday, Sunday: 12pm - 4pm; other times by appointment.

Status from 02/2024
Adults: $7; seniors, students, and Bowie residents: $5

Tel.:+1-301-390 1020  eMail:info  


Our page for NCRTV - The National Capital Radio & Television Museum in Bowie, United States of America (USA), is administrated by member Laurie Baty. 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
N38.926340° W76.733358°N38°55.58040' W76°44.00148'N38°55'34.8240" W76°44'0.0888"

Bowie is a city in Prince George's County, Maryland, United States.

Bowie is served by several significant highways.
The most prominent of these is Interstate 595/U.S. Route 50, the John Hanson Highway, which follows an east–west route through the city.
Via I-595/US 50, Bowie has direct connections westward to Washington, D.C. and eastward to Annapolis and the Eastern Shore of Maryland.
U.S. Route 301 and Maryland Route 3 skim the eastern edge of the city, providing connections southward to Waldorf and La Plata and northward to Baltimore.
Other state highways serving the city include Maryland Route 197, Maryland Route 214, Maryland Route 450 and Maryland Route 564.

Some example model pages for sets you can see there:

USA: Atwater Kent Mfg. Co 89 Highboy (1931)
USA: Atwater Kent Mfg. Co 808 (1933)
USA: RCA RCA Victor Co. 4T (1936)
USA: Philco, Philadelphia 37-60B Cathedral (1936/37)
USA: Sears, Roebuck & Co. Silvertone 6220 Ch= 101.801 (1940)
USA: Arvin, brand of 441-T Hopalong Cassidy Ch= RE-278 (1950)
USA: Tektronix; Portland, Oscilloscope 422 (1965-75)
USA: Pepsi Cola Company, Pepsi Bottle Radio 12-957 (1982)

Some example tube pages for sets you can see there:

Triode, vacuum E86C


THE NATIONAL CAPITAL RADIO & TELEVISION MUSEUM in Bowie is located in a 1906 storekeeper’s house, the National Capital Radio and Television Museum explores broadcast history from the earliest days of wireless telegraph to the development of television.

A fascinating collection of broadcast memorabilia includes
Depression-era cathedral radios,
early televisions, “French Fry” transistors,
crystal sets…
and even the sound effects equipment from Washington’s legendary Walker and Scott radio program.

The National Capital Radio & Television Museum is organized into seven related
exhibit galleries:

    Gallery 1: Wireless Beginnings: Focus on invention of "wireless telegraphy" (or simply wireless) to describe sending Morse Code.

    Gallery 2: Birth of Broadcasting: From the first limited scheduled radio broadcasts (often listened to with home built crystal radios) through to a few years later when radio had become a country-wide phenomenon.

    Gallery 3: Radio Comes of Age: Radio becomes a fixture in many American households and the Federal Communication Commission is formed to regulate radio stations.

    Gallery 4: Radio’s Golden Age: With improving technology, radios became less expensive and smaller. Radio also became a main source of family entertainment.

    Gallery 5: Post-War Radio: With radio still going strong, television introduced a new visual medium.

    Gallery 6: Rise of Television: Twenty years of TV design innovation, including different signal reception/ display ideas

    Gallery 7: How it all Works: Sound effects used for early radio brought to life.

Special collections

The Museum has a number of special collections, such as a collection of early ham equipment, World War I equipment, radio station studio equipment, it’s now on display. From time to time such equipment will be featured in special temporary exhibits. The Museum also has an extensive library but much of it is also stored offsite. Those wishing to do historical research should contact the curator. 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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