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Kuba Komet German TV at the Early Television Museum in Hilliard Ohio

Only in Ohio: Early Television Museum

Don't touch that dial! Up next, the Early Television Museum in Central Ohio!

Kuba Komet German TV at the Early Television Museum in Hilliard

Only in Ohio: Early Television Museum

By Heather Rader

Posted On: Sep 8, 2022

Step back in time at the Early Television Museum. Dedicated to preserving the history of early television with a wide collection of tv sets and equipment, it's a great place to learn about the history of television.

exhibit collection of late 1950s televisions inside the Early Television Museum in Hilliard Ohio
Late 1950's television sets

Whether you're interested in the origin of television or looking for a unique museum, the Early Television Museum is worth the visit!

collection of broadcasting equipment at the early television museum in hilliard ohio
Broadcasting equipment 

Founded by Steve McVoy, his passion for early television history began as a teenager while he worked at a TV repair shop. As an adult, he began collecting vintage tv sets and after accumulating a large collection, created the museum. The 6,000 square-foot museum houses hundreds of artifacts from the early days of television broadcasting and is the largest collection of early televisions in the world!

two 1930s televisions at the early television museum in hilliard ohio
1930's British television sets

Visitors can view more than 150 tv sets - displays include mechanical televisions from the 1920's and 1930's, electronic British sets from 1936-1939, electronic American sets from 1939-1941, postwar sets from 1945-1958 and early color sets from 1953-1957. Many of the sets are working, and visitors can use labeled wall-mounted pushbuttons located throughout the museum to see the tv sets in operation.

collection of mercier television sets at the early television museum in hilliard ohio
Mercier television sets 

See how the first tv sets were made, how they worked, learn about different programming types of early tv days and marvel at the engineering that has evolved to create the high-quality televisions we watch today.

nipper the dog state inside the early television museum in hilliard ohio
Nipper the dog

The Early Television Museum is located in Hilliard at 5396 Franklin Street. The museum is open only on weekends (Saturday 10AM - 6PM and Sunday Noon to 5PM) and admission is a $5 donation. Tours are self-guided and I would plan at least an hour to view the collection.

collection of post war television sets at the early television museum in hilliard ohio
Postwar television sets 

If you're interested in the origins of tv, curious about how tv has evolved over the years or just want to see some amazing vintage technology, the Early Television Museum is the place for you!

For more museums and historic attractions, check out #OhioFindItHere at Ohio.org

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