National Electronics Museum

National Electronics Museum From telegraph and radio to radar and satellites, the National Electronics Museum offers visitors access to the electronic marvels that have helped to shape our country and our world.
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Happy Birthday to Sir William Crookes (1832-1919), a pioneer in vacuum tube technology and inventor of the Crookes Tube ...
06/17/2021
Crookes Tube Cathode Ray Tube

Happy Birthday to Sir William Crookes (1832-1919), a pioneer in vacuum tube technology and inventor of the Crookes Tube (1875). Watch our video of a Crookes Tube in action to learn more about this early experiment in electrical discharge: https://youtu.be/WT2B4dq6hjk

National Electronics Museum Educator Sam demonstrates how the Crookes Tube works and how it interacts with a magnet.

On this day in history, 14 June 1822, Charles Babbage announced his invention of a “Difference Engine”, a mechanical dev...
06/14/2021

On this day in history, 14 June 1822, Charles Babbage announced his invention of a “Difference Engine”, a mechanical device used to perform mathematical calculations. NEM displays descendants of Babbage’s research, a Felt & Tarrant Comptometer c.1890 (far left), one of the first key driven adding machines and a Seequa Chameleon Computer c.1985 (far right), one of the first “luggable” portable computers.

On this day in history, 14 June 1822, Charles Babbage announced his invention of a “Difference Engine”, a mechanical device used to perform mathematical calculations. NEM displays descendants of Babbage’s research, a Felt & Tarrant Comptometer c.1890 (far left), one of the first key driven adding machines and a Seequa Chameleon Computer c.1985 (far right), one of the first “luggable” portable computers.

06/07/2021

The National Electronics Museum is pleased to announce that we will re-open our doors starting Tuesday, July 6th. The Museum Staff looks forward to seeing everyone onsite!

This opening may be temporary! One of our major donors has made an unexpected funding decision that will directly impact museum operations in the near future, including requiring the Museum to move to a new site to continue our mission beyond the next two years.

Our immediate Goal at NEM is to remain open and to continue our education and outreach activities over the next two years. To remain viable past 2023 the museum requires a significant new source of funding.

We are appealing to our supporters for help. Your monetary donations are critical to help us fund current operations, and to the survival of the museum’s continued existence. Any amount you can donate will be set aside to continue NEM’s mission. There are other ways you can help: if you have expertise in fundraising, contacts to share, or other ideas, please contact us.

The NEM vision began in 1980, to preserve and display the history of electronic engineering and to inspire the next generations of engineers. To that we have added a robust education program to bring the wonder of electronics and engineering to thousands of students. In support of that vision, many of you have contributed your time, energy, and dollars to support NEM. Please help the National Electronics Museum to remain open.

The survival of NEM will be a team effort.
Help us by joining that team.

7 June is National VCR Day, another great opportunity to consider how quickly technology evolves. Videocassette Recorder...
06/07/2021

7 June is National VCR Day, another great opportunity to consider how quickly technology evolves. Videocassette Recorders, or VCRs, are electromechanical devices that record and play back analog audio and video on magnetic tape videocassettes. They became common home technology in the late 1970s and allowed users to record television programming to view later or to watch prerecorded content such as movies. Within just 20 years VCRs lost ground to DVD players, and both are now largely considered obsolete having been replaced by internet streaming and digital recorders.

NEM does have a VCR – but not in our Historical Collection. We maintain a VCR in our library to allow viewing of content held on magnetic videocassette tapes. One challenge in a museum is long term preservation of content. Things recorded using the best technology available at the time are now in need of conversion to new storage methods – but how long will the current methods be the best technology available?

7 June is National VCR Day, another great opportunity to consider how quickly technology evolves. Videocassette Recorders, or VCRs, are electromechanical devices that record and play back analog audio and video on magnetic tape videocassettes. They became common home technology in the late 1970s and allowed users to record television programming to view later or to watch prerecorded content such as movies. Within just 20 years VCRs lost ground to DVD players, and both are now largely considered obsolete having been replaced by internet streaming and digital recorders.

NEM does have a VCR – but not in our Historical Collection. We maintain a VCR in our library to allow viewing of content held on magnetic videocassette tapes. One challenge in a museum is long term preservation of content. Things recorded using the best technology available at the time are now in need of conversion to new storage methods – but how long will the current methods be the best technology available?

Contrasting Amateur Radio a century apart: lower photo is the NEM recreation of a c.1917 amateur radio “ham shack”. The ...
06/03/2021

Contrasting Amateur Radio a century apart: lower photo is the NEM recreation of a c.1917 amateur radio “ham shack”. The top photo is the current set up of the Amateur Radio Club of the National Electronics Museum (ARCNEM). What differences do you see?

Assistant Director Alice often glimpses from her office window people who were so captivated by the Sabreliner that they...
06/01/2021

Assistant Director Alice often glimpses from her office window people who were so captivated by the Sabreliner that they just had to pull over and take a closer look. Evidently, even some birds can’t resist a good museum display!

Assistant Director Alice often glimpses from her office window people who were so captivated by the Sabreliner that they just had to pull over and take a closer look. Evidently, even some birds can’t resist a good museum display!

On 27 May 1958 the McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II took its first flight. Seen here in a photo from the NEM Photograph ...
05/27/2021

On 27 May 1958 the McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II took its first flight. Seen here in a photo from the NEM Photograph Collection are Westinghouse technicians looking at a prototype AN/APG-66 radar in the nose cone of an F-4 Phantom II test flight model. (This radar went on to be used in F-16s.)

On 27 May 1958 the McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II took its first flight. Seen here in a photo from the NEM Photograph Collection are Westinghouse technicians looking at a prototype AN/APG-66 radar in the nose cone of an F-4 Phantom II test flight model. (This radar went on to be used in F-16s.)

Today is the birthday of Bill Hewlett (1913-2001), engineer and co-founder of Hewlett-Packard. In 1972, HP introduced th...
05/20/2021

Today is the birthday of Bill Hewlett (1913-2001), engineer and co-founder of Hewlett-Packard. In 1972, HP introduced the first pocket calculator, the HP-35, thus forever changing how we do math. NEM has an HP-35 in our Historic Collection:

Today is the birthday of Bill Hewlett (1913-2001), engineer and co-founder of Hewlett-Packard. In 1972, HP introduced the first pocket calculator, the HP-35, thus forever changing how we do math. NEM has an HP-35 in our Historic Collection:

Today is World Telecommunication and Society Day. The United Nations created this day “to help raise awareness of the po...
05/17/2021

Today is World Telecommunication and Society Day. The United Nations created this day “to help raise awareness of the possibilities that the use of the Internet and other information and communication technologies (ICT) can bring to societies and economies, as well as of ways to bridge the digital divide.” https://www.un.org/en/observances/telecommunication-day

The UN chose 17 May because it is the anniversary of the first International Telegraph Convention and creation of the International Telecommunication Union in 1865.

Here’s a photo of one of the earliest telegraph keys in our Historical Collection. Made by Western Electric Manufacturing Co. circa 1876. (Object ID# 2002.016.0001)

Today is World Telecommunication and Society Day. The United Nations created this day “to help raise awareness of the possibilities that the use of the Internet and other information and communication technologies (ICT) can bring to societies and economies, as well as of ways to bridge the digital divide.” https://www.un.org/en/observances/telecommunication-day

The UN chose 17 May because it is the anniversary of the first International Telegraph Convention and creation of the International Telecommunication Union in 1865.

Here’s a photo of one of the earliest telegraph keys in our Historical Collection. Made by Western Electric Manufacturing Co. circa 1876. (Object ID# 2002.016.0001)

From the NEM Photograph Collection: a Rockwell B-1 in flight. This bomber used avionics developed by Westinghouse includ...
05/13/2021

From the NEM Photograph Collection: a Rockwell B-1 in flight. This bomber used avionics developed by Westinghouse including the AN/APQ-164 forward-looking passive electronically scanned radar, which is on display at NEM. (Photo ID P7467.21)

From the NEM Photograph Collection: a Rockwell B-1 in flight. This bomber used avionics developed by Westinghouse including the AN/APQ-164 forward-looking passive electronically scanned radar, which is on display at NEM. (Photo ID P7467.21)

Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of De...
05/10/2021

Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and museums across America to offer free admission to the nation’s active-duty military personnel, including the National Guard and Reserves, and their families.

The 2021 Blue Star Museums program begins on Armed Forces Day—Saturday, May 15, 2021, and ends on Labor Day—Monday, September 6, 2021. For more information on Blue Star Museums, please see the FAQ page of the National Endowment for the Arts. Participating museums look forward to welcoming you in accordance with local safety protocols.

https://bluestarfam.org/family-life/blue-star-museums/ to find member museums around the country.

Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and museums across America to offer free admission to the nation’s active-duty military personnel, including the National Guard and Reserves, and their families.

The 2021 Blue Star Museums program begins on Armed Forces Day—Saturday, May 15, 2021, and ends on Labor Day—Monday, September 6, 2021. For more information on Blue Star Museums, please see the FAQ page of the National Endowment for the Arts. Participating museums look forward to welcoming you in accordance with local safety protocols.

https://bluestarfam.org/family-life/blue-star-museums/ to find member museums around the country.

Happy Star Wars Day! May the Force be with you and may it inspire future engineers to create tomorrow’s awesome new tech...
05/04/2021

Happy Star Wars Day! May the Force be with you and may it inspire future engineers to create tomorrow’s awesome new technology.

Happy Star Wars Day! May the Force be with you and may it inspire future engineers to create tomorrow’s awesome new technology.

We still have too many books left after the book sale this weekend! We're going to leave the sale up for a few more days...
05/03/2021

We still have too many books left after the book sale this weekend! We're going to leave the sale up for a few more days - please contact us to make an appointment for private book shopping. 410-765-3803 or email nemuseum(at)gmail.com

We still have too many books left after the book sale this weekend! We're going to leave the sale up for a few more days - please contact us to make an appointment for private book shopping. 410-765-3803 or email nemuseum(at)gmail.com

BOOK SALE THIS WEEKEND! The National Electronics Museum is holding a used book sale, and as you can see from the photo w...
04/29/2021

BOOK SALE THIS WEEKEND!
The National Electronics Museum is holding a used book sale, and as you can see from the photo we're getting books staged and ready to go.
Books available are primarily Non-Fiction including STEM topics, military history, amateur radio, STEM textbooks and handbooks, aviation, coffee table books, computing, and early electronics.
When:
Friday, 30 April 8am-4pm
Saturday, 1 May 10am-3pm
Sunday, 2 May 10am-3pm
Where:
NEM Parking Lot
1745 W. Nursery Rd.
Linthicum, MD 21090
Pre-sale appointments available 26-29 April, call 410-765-3803 to schedule.
This book sale will be held outdoors with masks and social distancing required.
All proceeds benefit the National Electronics Museum.

BOOK SALE THIS WEEKEND!
The National Electronics Museum is holding a used book sale, and as you can see from the photo we're getting books staged and ready to go.
Books available are primarily Non-Fiction including STEM topics, military history, amateur radio, STEM textbooks and handbooks, aviation, coffee table books, computing, and early electronics.
When:
Friday, 30 April 8am-4pm
Saturday, 1 May 10am-3pm
Sunday, 2 May 10am-3pm
Where:
NEM Parking Lot
1745 W. Nursery Rd.
Linthicum, MD 21090
Pre-sale appointments available 26-29 April, call 410-765-3803 to schedule.
This book sale will be held outdoors with masks and social distancing required.
All proceeds benefit the National Electronics Museum.

26 April is World Intellectual Property Day. Intellectual Property “refers to creations of the mind”*, including inventi...
04/26/2021
World Intellectual Property Day – April 26, 2021

26 April is World Intellectual Property Day. Intellectual Property “refers to creations of the mind”*, including inventions, works of art and literature, and designs. Intellectual Property is protected in law by patents, copyright, and trademarks; these laws are intended “to foster an environment in which creativity and innovation can flourish.*”
https://www.wipo.int/ip-outreach/en/ipday/
* https://www.wipo.int/about-ip/en/

World Intellectual Property Day is a yearly celebration of IP's role in stimulating innovation and creativity. Find out more about what's planned for 2021.

04/22/2021

BOOK SALE
The National Electronics Museum is holding a used book sale. These books are priced to go, starting at 4 for $1.
Books offered are primarily Non-Fiction including STEM topics, military history, amateur radio, STEM textbooks and handbooks, aviation, coffee table books, computing, and early electronics.
When:
Friday, 30 April 8am-4pm
Saturday, 1 May 10am-3pm
Sunday, 2 May 10am-3pm
Where:
NEM Parking Lot
1745 W. Nursery Rd.
Linthicum, MD 21090
Pre-sale appointments available 26-29 April, call 410-765-3803 to schedule.
This book sale will be held outdoors with masks and social distancing required.
All proceeds benefit the National Electronics Museum.

Established in 1974 by Presidential Proclamation 4288, National Volunteer Week is an annual opportunity to promote volun...
04/19/2021

Established in 1974 by Presidential Proclamation 4288, National Volunteer Week is an annual opportunity to promote volunteerism and show appreciation for the impact of volunteer service. At NEM, we recognize that volunteers have the power to create a stronger community and build a better world (and a better museum!) Thank you for volunteering!

Established in 1974 by Presidential Proclamation 4288, National Volunteer Week is an annual opportunity to promote volunteerism and show appreciation for the impact of volunteer service. At NEM, we recognize that volunteers have the power to create a stronger community and build a better world (and a better museum!) Thank you for volunteering!

Updated databases for Research Materials at NEM are now online! We’ve added searchable databases for two more of our Col...
04/15/2021
Library & Archives – NATIONAL ELECTRONICS MUSEUM

Updated databases for Research Materials at NEM are now online! We’ve added searchable databases for two more of our Collections: the Electronic Equipment Catalogs Collection, and our Photograph Collection. Visit our website to learn more about these Collections and other research materials at the museum. http://www.nationalelectronicsmuseum.org/index.php/library-archives/

Library & Archives In addition to historic objects, the museum collects, preserves, and provides access to books, manuals, journals, documents, and photographs in support of the museum’s mission. The museum’s Library contains approximately 10,000 titles about radar, radio communications, electro...

Today we celebrate humanity’s past, present, and future in space with Yuri’s Night! This annual event commemorates Yuri ...
04/12/2021
The World Space Party - Yuri's Night

Today we celebrate humanity’s past, present, and future in space with Yuri’s Night! This annual event commemorates Yuri Gagarin becoming the first human to venture into space on April 12, 1961, and the inaugural launch of the first Space Shuttle on April 12, 1981.

How will you celebrate Yuri’s Night this year? https://yurisnight.net/

Yuri's Night is the World Space Party. Every year on or around April 12th we celebrate all that humanity brings with us as we explore the cosmos: music, art, science, culture, and each other! We use space to bring the world together, to empower the greatest parts of who we are, and give vision to wh...

The National Electronics Museum is holding a used book sale. These books are priced to go, starting at 4 for $1. Books o...
04/08/2021

The National Electronics Museum is holding a used book sale. These books are priced to go, starting at 4 for $1.

Books offered are primarily Non-Fiction including STEM topics, military history, amateur radio, STEM textbooks and handbooks, aviation, coffee table books, computing, and early electronics.

When:
Friday, 30 April 8am-4pm
Saturday, 1 May 10am-3pm
Sunday, 2 May 10am-3pm

Where:
NEM Parking Lot
1745 W. Nursery Rd.
Linthicum, MD 21090

Pre-sale appointments available 26-29 April, call 410-765-3803 to schedule.
This book sale will be held outdoors with masks and social distancing required.
All proceeds benefit the National Electronics Museum.

The National Electronics Museum is holding a used book sale. These books are priced to go, starting at 4 for $1.

Books offered are primarily Non-Fiction including STEM topics, military history, amateur radio, STEM textbooks and handbooks, aviation, coffee table books, computing, and early electronics.

When:
Friday, 30 April 8am-4pm
Saturday, 1 May 10am-3pm
Sunday, 2 May 10am-3pm

Where:
NEM Parking Lot
1745 W. Nursery Rd.
Linthicum, MD 21090

Pre-sale appointments available 26-29 April, call 410-765-3803 to schedule.
This book sale will be held outdoors with masks and social distancing required.
All proceeds benefit the National Electronics Museum.

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1745 W Nursery Rd
Linthicum, MD
21090

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 16:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 16:00
Thursday 09:00 - 16:00
Friday 09:00 - 16:00
Saturday 10:00 - 14:00

Telephone

+14107653803

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Inspiring the next generation of engineers

Our mission is to promote and encourage the study of science and engineering, using our electronic heritage to educate and inspire students and the general public. The museum collects, preserves, exhibits, and makes available for research various artifacts, documents, and publications related to development of defense and other key electronics systems and the commercial products derived from them. We provide visitors with an appreciation of the evolutionary milestones in electronics that led to the sophisticated products in use today, and honor the achievements of the pioneers who made these advancements possible.

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