Dive into the history of technology at the National Electronics Museum near Baltimore, MD. This Maryland museum offers radars and satellites, old and new electronic marvels, and more to anyone who wants to learn more about how electronics have evolved throughout the years.
We chatted with the to National Electronics Museum Staff to find out what makes this Maryland museum so special, why you should visit, and what you need to know before you go.
Where is the National Electronics Museum located?
Location: National Electronics Museum, 1745 W Nursery Rd, Linthicum MD, 21090 (right by BWI Airport outside of Baltimore, and easy drive from DC.)
What topics does the museum cover?
The National Electronics Museum tackles the fundamentals of electricity, communications technology, radar, countermeasures electronics, underseas electronics, electro-optics and satellites
What is your museum’s claim to fame?
We are proud to have one of the remaining lunar TV cameras developed for the moon landing on display. We also have a comprehensive history of radar, and we exhibit technology with historical context for all to enjoy.
What is your favorite exhibit or artifact in the museum?
The SCR-584 i sour favorite National Electronics Museum exhibit because it displays not just the technology that changed the game during WWII, but because it shows how quickly and effectively many people worked together to develop a technology that showed such promise, and they fulfilled that potential.
What kinds of special exhibits and events do you host throughout the year?
- January: MAARC Winterfest swap meet
- February: TechnoSwapFest
- Summer months: Pioneer Camp
- November: Electronica Music Fest
- 1-2 special exhibits a year
Are there guided tours available at the National Electronics Museum?
General guided tours can be booked a minimum of two weeks in advance. If you’re interested in booking a guided tour, please contact [email protected] or call 410-938-1209.
Occasionally there will be a special Director’s Tour on a specific topic. The National Electronics Museum currently only does tours in English and does not have audio tours at this time.
How much time should someone plan to spend at the museum?
Visitors typically spend between one and three hours at the museum.
What should someone bring with them and what items are not allowed in the museum?
- Food and drink are not allowed in the museum galleries.
- Large bags are not permitted, but guests from the airport may store suitcases on the coat rack while they tour the museum.
Is photography allowed inside (without flash)?
Personal use photography and filming is allowed in the museum. However, flashes, artificial lighting and tripods are prohibited.
All student projects and professional photography or filming require advance approval.
What should parents of young children know before visiting the museum?
There are several hands-on exhibits throughout the museum for visitors of all ages to enjoy.
What’s the coolest item for sale in the gift shop?
We have staff-designed coffee cups, pint glasses and shot glasses for sale.
Is there a museum cafe or restaurant?
We do not have a cafe or restaurant at the museum.
What should teachers planning a field trip know before reaching out to you?
Teachers have the option of selecting a combination of tours, hands-on demos and workshops. They can choose tours that fit their students needs and we can work with them to pick the best hands-on activities that align with the NGSS standards and what topics they want to focus on.
Teachers can visit our website at nationalelectronicsmuseum.org/index.php/tours-workshops/ to learn about all the options they have to build their field trip and how it fits into their curriculum.
What else should a visitor know before visiting?
Check our website for up to date information on events, closings and more.
What are your normal days and hours of operation?
- Monday-Friday 9am-4pm
- Saturday 10am-2pm
Does the museum have a bag check or coat room?
The museum has a coat rack in the lobby that guests are welcome to use.
Is there parking available?
Yes, parking is free at the museum. Additional parking, which we share with Northrop Grumman, is available in the lot at the end of the building.
Is there an admission fee?
Admission can be purchased at the front desk of the museum. The National Electronics Museum accepts cash, credit cards and contactless pay options.
- $7 for adults
- $5 for seniors & students
- FREE for children 5 & under
- Group admission discount for 10+: $5 for adults, $3 for seniors, students, active duty military
Please note that group discounts must be arranged at least two weeks in advance of your visit. If fewer than 10 arrive, you will be charged regular admission prices.