Street Address
1745 W Nursery Rd
Linthicum, MD 21090
Mailing Address
1745 W Nursery Rd
Linthicum, MD 21090
phone: 410-765-0230
web: www.nationalelectronicsmuseum.org
Hours
Monday - Friday9 AM - 4 PM
Saturday10 AM - 2 PM
Sundayclosed
You are free to walk the museum on your own but if you would like to schedule a tour at the National Electronics Museum please fill out the request on our website or call us.
Admissions
Adults: $5
Seniors: $3
Military: $3
Students (): $3
Children under 5: Free
Services
Gift Shop
Special Event Rental
Group Tours
Staff
Mike Simons, Director
Alice Donahue, Assistant Director

Description

As the founders envisioned it, the museum is a place for visitors to be exposed to the technological achievements and advances by the aforementioned companies and others like them. It also allows those people who have been involved with the objects to look back and share their accomplishments. The National Electronics Museum has evolved into an institution that not only appeals to engineers, but to students and the non-technical public as well. We offer people the opportunity to see and experience the "Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow" of the defense electronics industry.

The National Electronics Museum holds approximately 10,000 artifacts. Historic radars, such as the Nike Ajax, TPS-43, and SCR-270, highlight the collection. Thousands of additional artifacts including radios, countermeasure devices, vacuum tubes, artwork, documents, manuscripts and photographs document the defense electronics industry. A large number of these artifacts are on display, while others are housed in our on-site storage facility.

A research library is provided for use by museum visitors. In the reading room is a collection of over ten thousand books covering electronics and related subjects. In storage is a collection of journals, magazines, and technical manuals, which can be viewed on request. Noteworthy topics covered in the book collection are radar, radio communications, history of people and companies important in electronic development, military history as influenced by electronics, amateur radio, and topics in physics.

The National Electronics Museum has several sources of materials for research on defense electronics with new sources being developed. Most items can be viewed on request. Because of its small staff size please allow NEM 30 days to process research request.

In addition to its 10,000 artifacts, the National Electronics Museum collects, preserves, and provides access to documents and photographs in support of the museum's main mission, i.e., to "focus on electronics developed for the defense of our country, the technologies that made them possible, and the commercial products derived from them." The museum collections and retains documents and photographs related to airborne armament, air defense, air traffic control, as well as material on electronic pioneers, inventors, and inventions. Because of the Museum's heritage and geographic location, the National Electronics Museum also collects information and photographs on companies and institutions in the Baltimore area that took part in the design, development, or manufacture of electronic products or components

The 2010 Young Engineers and Scientists Seminar (YESS) program for high school students, funded by a grant from Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems, is a project-based program to help students understand how scientists and engineers perform their jobs. In five evening sessions from September through November, students are introduced to various scientific disciplines by researchers from the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory and the Northrop Grumman Corporation.

Mission

We 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.

History

The National Electronics Museum grew out of a Westinghouse Family Day in 1973. Robert Dwight, an employee of the Westinghouse Defense and Electronics Systems Center in Baltimore, Maryland and a key planner of Family Day, saw the event as an opportunity to display employee products that their families had previously not had the opportunity to see. Titled "Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow", three airborne radars, the AERO-13/AN/APQ-50, the AN/APQ-120 and the WX-200 respectively, were set out as examples of each era. Throughout the day, Mr. Dwight made the same observation: employees and their families were excited and proud to see the finished products of their work.

Artifacts Collections

  • Breakthroughs in advanced electronic technology
  • emphasis on radar, countermeasures, and communications
  • photographs
  • artifacts

Educational Programs

  • amateur radio courses
  • tours by appointment

Library

Access: General Public, Students, Scholars, Members

Appointment required: No

Publications

  • quarterly newsletter

ADA

Wheelchair Accessible

Restrooms

Services

Gift Shop

Special Event Rental

Group Tours