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  • Radio and Television Museum Bowie, Maryland

    by harteehar Updated Aug 7, 2011

    The Radio and Television Museum preserves the history of radio and television from the origins of the equipment.

    The museum has working wireless telegraph equipment on display, early crystal radios from the 1920s era, to the first home radio equipment that was multi battery operated to modern radios. Also on display are televisions from the first sets to the modern flat screen TVs.

    We had a wonderful guide who gave a wonderful tour and demonstrated all types of equipment--telegraph, radio and television--for us to experience.

    This museum explores the equipment side of radio and television. Although a small museum with dedicated staff, it was a nice way to spend our Sunday while visiting the Washington, DC area as we were looking for something different.

    Children ages 9 and up would most likely enjoy a visit to this museum as it is not a place for younger children. My children 9 and 11 enjoyed the visit and experience to learn about the evolution of radio and television equipment. My 5 yr old was not quite as engaged, but he did enjoy the telegraph morse code demonstration, the sound effects room that the guide demonstrated for radio programming use and hands on activities.

    The museum is located in a restored 1906 home. Our guide was wonderful and with the admission free we made a donation for each person in our party to support this wonderful gem and the dedicated staff.

    For anyone looking for a unique experience other than the standard Smithonian museum visit, the Radio and Television Museum is a nice museum to visit.

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    Radio and Television Museum

    by Tom_Fields Written Jun 7, 2008

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    If anyone remembers the "Golden Age" of radio or tv, and feels nostalgic about it, then this is the place for you. It's full of oddball electronic gadgets, including many rareties. Some were made by famous names, others by long-forgotten companies from the 1920s and 30s.

    The docents show you the history of radio and tv, starting with Marconi's first message, using a "spark" radio which could be used to tap out messages in Morse code. One can listen to a recording of the Morse distress signal from the Titanic. There are crystal radio sets, early superheterdyne radios, smaller radios made with Bakelite (the first plastic), early tv sets with little picture tubes housed in ungainly wooden cabinets, and later systems. It makes one appreciate what we have today.

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    Bowie Railroad Station

    by Tom_Fields Written Jun 7, 2008

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    Oden Bowie, President of the Baltimore & Pennsylvania Railroad, built the rail depot here shortly after the Civil War. This is how Bowie acquired its name. Today, it's a small museum, no longer a working rail station.

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    Belair Stable Museum

    by Tom_Fields Written Jun 7, 2008

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    Belair Stable was where the big thoroughbred horse-breeding began. Until it closed in 1957, it was the oldest operating horse farm in the US. It was home to two Triple Crown winners, Gallant Fox and Omaha. They were ancestors of the recent Derby winner Big Brown.

    Since then, the residential neighborhoods surrounding the Stables have absorbed all the pastureland that was here. But the stables themselves remain in their original condition.

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    Belair Mansion

    by Tom_Fields Written Jun 7, 2008

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    Completed in 1745, this beautiful Georgian-style mansion was home of the Ogle family, including Maryland governor Samuel Ogle (1694-1752). There is a lot of history here. The rooms have all been restored to their 18th century appearance. One can see the reception hall, dining room, game room, ladies' sitting room, nursery, wine cellar, and the basement workshops.

    There is a small garden, and a modest shop. Don't miss the tree planted in memory of Martin Luther King, on the north side.

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    Minor League baseball

    by squidly2 Updated Apr 30, 2006

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    The minor league stadium in Bowie is one of my favorites in the U.S.
    Home of the Bowie Baysocks! And you can't beat the prices for a few hours
    of family entertainment:
    Adult General Admission: $9.00 (Ages 13+)
    Youth General Admission: $6.00 (Ages 6 - 12)
    Senior General Admission: $6.00 (Ages 60+)
    Active Military (With ID) General Admission: $6.00
    Children 5 & Under: FREE

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    Go someplace else

    by FrayedChick Written Jan 7, 2006

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    If you happen to be spending some time in Bowie and are wondering what to do, fear not; not all hope is lost.

    Baltimore is a mere 40 minutes away! DC is about 25 minutes away and Annapolis is about the same. If you still aren't satisfied, Philadelphia is a 2 hour drive.

    All of those locations have things worth seeing or doing. They actually have some things that are indiginous only to that city. They have places, restaurants and sites that you really can't get anywhere else... unlike the wonders of Bowie... "we have starbucks!"

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