National Capital Radio & Television Museum

Cause Area

  • Arts & Culture
  • Education & Literacy
  • Media & Broadcasting


2608 Mitchellville RoadBowie, MD 20716 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

The National Capital Radio &Television Museum collects, preserves, and interprets artifacts, programming, and publications to educate the public about the development and impact of electronic media.


The National Capital Radio & Television Museum operates in Bowie, Maryland, and also curates continuing exhibits elsewhere. Opened in 1999, the Museum is open to visitors three days a week.

Explore radio from Marconi’s earliest wireless telegraph to the primitive crystal sets of the 1920s, from Depression-era cathedral radios and post-War plastic portables to the development of radio with pictures (a.k.a. television). The Museum is located in the 1906 Harmel House, an old storekeeper’s residence in the village of Mitchellville, a section of modern south Bowie. In conjunction with the City of Bowie, The National Capital Radio & Television Museum presents the history of broadcasting, a medium which so dramatically shaped our lives from the 1920s to today.


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