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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The NEM Manual Collection is primarily a resource of Technical Manuals about electronic devices, but it does include a f...
05/21/2020

The NEM Manual Collection is primarily a resource of Technical Manuals about electronic devices, but it does include a few very low-tech Training Manuals such as this delightful one that teaches all the basics of Pigeoneering. Internet giving you trouble? No problem, you can learn to communicate via pigeon - they're actually remarkably reliable. This 1925 edition is complete with foreword from Gen. Pershing.

Museum Educator Sam may now be known as "The Girl in the Nacelle". (Alternative caption: what museum staff goes through ...
05/13/2020

Museum Educator Sam may now be known as "The Girl in the Nacelle".

(Alternative caption: what museum staff goes through to keep our outdoor exhibits bird proof.)

05/12/2020
Shure Elvis Microphone

If you ever wondered what museum staff gets up to when there are no visitors around, watch to the end of this video in which Director Mike Simons talks about the technology and impact of the Shure 55 microphone. And demonstrates.

More videos of quick histories and STEM demos are on our website: https://www.nationalelectronicsmuseum.org/index.php/remote-learning-resources/

National Electronics Museum Director Mike Simons talks about the technology and influence of the pioneering Shure 55 microphone.

Electronic Musician Greg Kist is a regular performer at NEM's Electronica each fall. Here's a nice interview with him fr...
05/08/2020
‘Q And A’ With Musician, Moog Manual Writer, Greg Kist

Electronic Musician Greg Kist is a regular performer at NEM's Electronica each fall. Here's a nice interview with him from synthbeat.com

By Keith Walsh In the age when there was  no such thing as instant long distance two-way communication aside from the telephone, it would have been much less likely that I'd connect with Greg Kist. Kist, whom I met on a Moog Music page on Facebook, has worked on manuals and documentation for some o...

05/04/2020
Faraday Motor

The museum is temporarily closed to help stop the spread of COVID-19, so we're bringing our STEM demonstrations to you virtually. Here's our newest video of Museum Educator Sam explaining how Faraday's Motor works: https://youtu.be/1Dw1G1c40Y8

National Electronics Museum Educator Sam demonstrates how the first electric motor worked with our recreation of Faraday's 1821 Motor.

Although the museum is still temporarily closed to help stop the spread of COVID-19, Arthur C. Clarke remains at his pos...
04/29/2020

Although the museum is still temporarily closed to help stop the spread of COVID-19, Arthur C. Clarke remains at his post just outside our doors to greet visitors when they can return.

In the meantime, you can visit our Remote Learning Resources web page to find a virtual tour of the museum galleries, videos of our STEM demonstrations, oral histories with electronics engineers, and more:
https://www.nationalelectronicsmuseum.org/index.php/remote-learning-resources/

04/22/2020
Magnet Drop Demo

Although the museum is temporarily closed to help prevent the spread of COVID19, we're making our STEM demonstrations available online! See Museum Educator Sam demonstrate the process of electromagnetic induction and eddy currents with a magnet drop in our new video: https://youtu.be/UE0-WRKhjeM

To see more videos and educational content, visit our Remote Learning Resources web page: https://www.nationalelectronicsmuseum.org/…/remote-learnin…/

National Electronics Museum Educator Sam shows the process of electromagnetic induction and eddy currents.

04/15/2020
Carbon Arc Lamp Demo

Although the museum is temporarily closed to help prevent the spread of COVID19, we're making our demonstrations available online! See Museum Educator Sam and Director Mike Simons get zapping with the Carbon Arc Lamp in our newest video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KyBCy5Z1MVM

To see more videos and educational content, visit our Remote Learning Resources web page: https://www.nationalelectronicsmuseum.org/index.php/remote-learning-resources/

In this video, NEM Director Mike Simons and Educator Sam Parker demonstrate the carbon arc lamp. Sir Humphrey Davy invented the carbon arc lamp – the first e...

04/07/2020
Electrostatic Series NEM 2

Although the museum is temporarily closed to help prevent the spread of COVID19, we're making our demonstrations available online! See Museum Educator Sam talk about Electrostatics in our newest video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EWP92IyaXSI&feature=youtu.be

To see more videos and educational content, visit our Remote Learning Resources web page: https://www.nationalelectronicsmuseum.org/index.php/remote-learning-resources/

National Electronics Museum Educator Sam presents an Electrostatic demonstration: Our Electrostatic Demo series features an Electrophorus, Electrostatic Flas...

Remote Learning Resources now available from NEM: In keeping with the National Electronics Museum’s mission to educate a...
03/31/2020
Remote Learning Resources – NATIONAL ELECTRONICS MUSEUM

Remote Learning Resources now available from NEM:

In keeping with the National Electronics Museum’s mission to educate and inspire the next generation of electrical and electronics engineers, we have created a Remote Learning Resources web page to provide virtual access to content that will facilitate learning while the museum is temporarily closed to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

https://www.nationalelectronicsmuseum.org/index.php/remote-learning-resources/

Remote Learning Resources In keeping with the National Electronics Museum’s mission to educate and inspire the next generation of electrical and electronics engineers, we have created this page to provide virtual access to content that will facilitate learning while the museum is temporarily close...

03/30/2020

The museum is temporarily closed to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and in compliance with Governor Hogan's order that Maryland residents Stay at Home.

Watch this space for Remote Learning Resources being compiled by museum staff so our community can keep learning about and enjoying our electronic heritage.

Need something to read while we’re all at home? NEM has books available on a variety of STEM topics including aircraft a...
03/25/2020

Need something to read while we’re all at home? NEM has books available on a variety of STEM topics including aircraft and avionics, military history, and electronics. We can mail (or deliver if you’re close) one book or dozens, a specific title or a grab bag. We encourage you to make a donation to support NEM, but it’s not required. For more information or to request books, email [email protected] or call 410-765-3803.

Photos below show a sampling of titles available.

03/24/2020

NEM is closed, but we still need your support! We've set up a brand-new e-gift card program so you can plan for a future visit or gift one to a loved one. We have 10 unique NEM-only designs to choose from as well as several designs from Square. Go to https://squareup.com/gift/CKX4Z3DME655B/order to purchase yours today! Gift cards may be redeemed for in-museum purchases only, including museum admission.

The National Electronics Museum is currently closed to the public to help curtail the spread of COVID-19. We anticipate ...
03/18/2020

The National Electronics Museum is currently closed to the public to help curtail the spread of COVID-19. We anticipate remaining closed through 27 March.

When we reopen, you will find we look a little different: we have a new awning over our front door! We're so excited about this 'makeover', and look forward to welcoming all our friends and visitors back to the museum to see it.

03/13/2020

As a public health precaution due to the COVID-19 virus, the National Electronics Museum will temporarily close to the public starting Saturday, March 14. Please follow our page or check our website for updates.

03/03/2020

The museum will be CLOSED on Wednesday, 18 March 2020 for a private event. We will resume normal hours, 9am-4pm, on Thursday, 19 March.

02/21/2020
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It's time for TechnoSwapFest! Saturday, 22 February, 9am-2pm at the museum.

● Is your workshop so cluttered that you can barely work on your projects?
● Did you buy something online that didn't fit into your plans?
● Are you still looking for that perfect gadget, part, or tool?

If you answered YES or NO to any of these questions, you need to attend the Techno-Swap-Fest to buy, sell, and gawk at all the gizmos that other hobbyists crave.

$7 admission includes museum galleries;
Kids 5 and younger are free

http://www.nationalelectronicsmuseum.org/wp-content/uploads/Swap-Fest-Flyer-2020-1.pdf

Go-Go NEMMayor Muriel Bowser is set to sign a bill today making Go-Go the official music of the District of Columbia. Go...
02/19/2020

Go-Go NEM

Mayor Muriel Bowser is set to sign a bill today making Go-Go the official music of the District of Columbia. Go-Go’s most famous spokesman, singer-guitarist and “Godfather of Go-Go” Chuck Brown, passed away in 2012.

Local artist Robb Pearsall acquired a pair of blown tubes, a 6L6 and a 6V6GT, from a Beltsville music shop after servicing Chuck Brown’s amp. Robb created a whimsical sculpture that both celebrates Go-Go music and the technology of music. Robb’s sculpture is on display at the National Electronics Museum from today through 29 February 2020. So bust loose and boogie down to NEM to see this unique piece of local musical history.

02/18/2020
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TechnoSwapFest is this Saturday, 22 February, 9am-2pm at the museum.

● Is your workshop so cluttered that you can barely work on your projects?
● Did you buy something online that didn't fit into your plans?
● Are you still looking for that perfect gadget, part, or tool?

If you answered YES or NO to any of these questions, you need to attend the Techno-Swap-Fest to buy, sell, and gawk at all the gizmos that other hobbyists crave.

$7 admission includes museum galleries;
Kids 5 and younger are free

http://www.nationalelectronicsmuseum.org/wp-content/uploads/Swap-Fest-Flyer-2020-1.pdf

02/15/2020

The museum is OPEN on President's Day, Monday, 17 February, regular hours of 9am-4pm.

Arthur C. Clarke is now ready to welcome visitors to NEM!
02/14/2020

Arthur C. Clarke is now ready to welcome visitors to NEM!

It's colder than a brass Arthur C Clarke out here! But worth it, since Arthur will finally be in place shortly.
02/14/2020

It's colder than a brass Arthur C Clarke out here! But worth it, since Arthur will finally be in place shortly.

02/11/2020

The museum is OPEN on President's Day, Monday, 17 February, regular hours of 9am-4pm.

New Temporary Exhibit Opens Today (3 Feb 2020)“Like the Light of the Sun”: Lewis Latimer in the Electrical WorldLewis Ho...
02/03/2020

New Temporary Exhibit Opens Today (3 Feb 2020)

“Like the Light of the Sun”: Lewis Latimer in the Electrical World

Lewis Howard Latimer (1848-1928), the son of escaped slaves, used his talent for drawing, an interest in technology, and a knowledge of law to become one of the first technical experts in the new field of electric lighting. His career placed him in the center of the patent battles wage by the Edison Company and later General Electric in the final decades of the 19th century. At the time of his retirement Latimer was one of the founding members of the Edison Pioneers, an elite group of electrical innovators who gathered together to pay tribute to Thomas Edison. Latimer also support research into electric lighting systems at the Tuskegee Institute. His home is now a museum in Queens, New York City

View artifacts associated with and representative of Latimer's work with Thomas Edison at the National Electronics Museum today through June 2020. Exhibit is included with regular museum admission fee.

One of the fun things about working early on a Saturday is that Director Mike brings his dog Parker along. Parker's a go...
02/01/2020

One of the fun things about working early on a Saturday is that Director Mike brings his dog Parker along. Parker's a good boy! He's "helping" get the Arthur Clarke statue ready for installation and putting finishing touches on the new Lewis Latimer exhibit.

A little fun with Hands-On Demo development at the museum today - note the purple ring toward the bottom of the device. ...
01/27/2020

A little fun with Hands-On Demo development at the museum today - note the purple ring toward the bottom of the device. A very high RF voltage is ionizing the air between the emitting disk on the machine, and the ring a few inches away. When I heard the phrase "well, this is an experiment first conducted before grounding electricity was really known..." was when I backed out of the room. (Don't worry, they did rig grounding and observed good safety practices.)

01/20/2020

The museum is open regular hours, 9am-4pm, on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Monday 20 January.

01/17/2020

In case of inclement weather, please check this spot for notices of museum closure or delayed opening. You can also call the museum at 410-765-0230. If no one answers, we most likely didn't make it in!

01/13/2020

The museum is open regular hours, 9am-4pm on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Monday 20 January.

01/08/2020

The museum will open on time today, 9am Wednesday 8 January 2020, despite the remnants of inclement weather.

01/03/2020

With great progress comes great mess: new carpet in our lobby.

The museum is OPEN today, Friday 3 January 2020 9am to 4pm. Please use the entrance at the corner of the parking lot because our main entrance lobby is blocked to accommodate new carpet installation. (And if the rain lets up, we're having the awning at the front doors removed as well.)

UPDATE: work on carpet and awning are complete and the main entrance doors are now open.

01/02/2020

Happy 2020! Wishing all our friends and visitors an electric year.

Address

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

(410) 765-0230

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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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