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Early Television Museum

5396 Franklin Street

The Early Television Museum is located at the beginning of the Heritage Rail Trail bike and hiking path that connects to another park a few miles away. Eventually the trail will be extended to a total length of about 30 miles.

Over 150 TV sets are on display in a 4200 square foot area. Displays include mechanical TVs from the 1920s and 30s; pre-1945 British sets from 1936-39; pre-1945 American sets from 1939-41; postwar sets from1945-58; and early color sets from 1953-57. Many of these sets are working. 

The Dave Johnson collection of early television picture tubes is also on display, along with early TV studio equipment.

We also have a working 60 line flying spot scanner TV camera. Visitors can see their friends as they would have appeared on mechanical television in 1930.


L Rudolph

Monday, June 4, 2018
We visited on a Saturday. The outside of the building looked small but inside it is much larger. The first room has a few posters and smaller displays. There are a series of rooms with wonderful displays of rare early TVs and other early technology. Some sets are from other countries. There are lots of interesting stories hanging on the walls. We we're greeted by a volunteer and as we went thru the museum if we had questions the volunteers were happy to answer our questions. It was a great place to visit.

Daniel Kurfman

Sunday, June 10, 2018
This museum provides a wealth of examples, with historical context, of the evolution of the television. It pays tribute to the electrical, mechanical and the craftmansip domains. A great educational resource.

Keisha Gamman

Thursday, May 24, 2018
Great little museum with a wide variety of tv sets from the 20's all the way through the 80s . My kids love this place !

Brian Bickhart

Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018
This was very interesting. Cost was only $5 per person. I was surprised on how big the place was inside. The are a ton of TV'S and even tv station vehicles, too. Several older sets are still working to show what they looked like back in the day. Worth a visit but a challenge to find.

Emma Ariana

Thursday, July 5, 2018
Awesome place! Nice workers.

Early Television Museum is not affiliated with AmericanTowns Media