I stayed overnight in Baltimore earlier this month and discovered an unexpected museum across from my airport-area hotel. Next time you are near BWI, consider making a stop at the National Electronics Museum. It is packed with fascinating gadgetry, and every exhibit functions perfectly!
Many of the docents worked at Northrop Grumman’s Electronic Systems , headquartered nearby in Linthicum, Maryland. Everyone was ready to answer questions and to point me to interesting aspects of the exhibits.
Located within the museum is a working shortwave radio station, and it was broadcasting that weekend in recognition of the upcoming anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.
The museum gave me a terrific overview of electronics in relation to radio, space, and defense. I am looking forward to a return visit next spring!
Below are a couple of videos from my visit, plus a collection of photos.
Orsteds Experiment demonstration
Orsteds Experiment description
Manual turbine demonstration: OFF
Manual turbine demonstration: ON
From Idea to Product
Calculating through time.
Vacuum tube demonstration: OFF
Vacuum tube demonstration: ON
Bendix Radio Facto Meter
De Forest Audion advertisement.
Exhibit case of radios
Find out the connection between bananas, RCA, and the Great White Fleet.
1980s-era *luggable* Seequa computer, all 18 pounds of it.
Motorola car phone, 1964-style
Westinghouse Lunar Television Camera
Westinghouse electronic oscillograph
Transit satellite description
Transit 2A satellite
Raytheon RARF antenna
1924 RCA Radiola with a loop antenna and Superspeaker
Ideals Radar Search game
Radar detection during attack on Pearl Harbor
Live shortwave broadcast for the weekend before Pearl Harbor Day
WW2 radar exhibit
Using radar technology during WW2
Instructograph Morse Code trainer
WW2 era cryptographic equiment
Black Box *hotel key card for scale*
Western Union teletype
Demonstrating the variable intensities of microwave energy