Last updated: 7/29/2012
Huntington, West Virginia
Street Address
1640 Florence Ave.
Huntington, WV 25701
Mailing Address
PO BOX 7972
Huntington, WV 25779
phone: 304-525-8890
e-mail: m.johnson3845@comcast.net
web: www.mrtwv.org
Hours
Summer months
Friday - Saturday10 AM - 4 PM
Sunday1 PM - 4 PM
Year Round
Saturday10 AM - 4 PM
Sunday1 PM - 4 PM
Admissions
Donation box near door.
Free. Donations Accepted.
Museum Type(s)
Services
Gift Shop
Group Tours
Staff
Geoffrey Bourne, President
David Bond, Vice President
Jack Woodrum, Docent
Zane Parsons, Docent
Description

Largest antique radio museum in the U.S., with 10,000 square feet of display area, and a collection valued at over 1.5 million dollars.

Mission

To preserve early electronic devices, particulary radios, and to promote knowledge of how they influenced, and how their asthetic design was influenced by, other elements of society

History

The Museum of Radio and Technology opened to the public in 1991. It is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, and a member of the West Virginia Association of Museums. We have had had visitors from all U.S. states, and over thirty foreign countries.

Artifact Collections

Four hundred antique radios, Edison and Victrola phonographs, RCA TV camera demonstrated at 1939 World's Fair, William Wrigley (chewing gum maker) radio that cost $895.00 in 1927, radio donated by Grote Reber, who built the first radiotelescope dish, 1949 RCA projection TV, A.C. Gilbert toys, early radio and TV related advertising, telegraph items, military radios, dress made and worn by singer Molly O'Day, rare and beautiful Polyphon disc music box made circa 1896

Research Collections

Large technical and electronic library, including bound volumes of Electrical World magazine 1896-1935. These magazines featured articles about, and by, notables such as Edison, Tesla, Steinmetz, etc

Educational Programs

We occasionally offer training in radio repair. We welcome school tours ( in May we have 40 students from the Putnam County WV Schools gifted children program )

Facilities

The building is a former school, the original part of the building was built in the 1920's, and additions were added in the 1950's and 1970's. We have made many many improvements to the building via grants from the county, and the West Virginia Legislative Digest.

Auditoriums

Governance

Preident, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Board of Directors. Governing body is chosen by membership.

Library

Access: General Public

Appointment required: No

Publications

Newsletter is mailed to membership. About 125 copies are mailed monthly. Minutes of board meetings are posted at the museum.

  • Museum of Radio and Technology Newsletter
  • ADA

    Bathrooms are not fully accessible

    Wheelchair Accessible

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    Restrooms

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    Gift Shop

    Group Tours

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    MUSEUM CONFERENCES
    Wednesday, September 1 - Thursday, September 30, 2021 — Virtual
    CANCELLED: Florida Association of Museums 2021 Annual Conference
    Monday, September 20 - Sunday, September 26, 2021 — Virtual
    American Craft Council (ACC) Atlanta Southeast Craft Week
    Wednesday, September 22 - Saturday, September 25, 2021 — Virtual
    American Association for State and Local History/AMA 2021 Annual Meeting
    Friday, October 1 - Sunday, October 31, 2021 — Virtual
    Arriving this October: The Western Museum Association Roadshow!
    Wednesday, October 6 - Friday, October 8, 2021 — Virginia City, Nevada
    Nevada Museum Association 2021 Annual Conference
    Virginia City, Nevada
    Monday, November 29 - Wednesday, December 1, 2021 — Washington, District of Columbia
    2021 International Conference of Indigenous Archives, Libraries, and Museums
    Washington, District of Columbia
    Sunday, March 6 - Thursday, March 10, 2022 — St. Louis, Missouri
    2022 Public Land Alliance Convention and Trade Show
    St. Louis, Missouri