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Early Television Museum, Hilliard

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The Early Television Museum is a museum of early television receiver sets. It is located in Hilliard, a suburb of Columbus, Ohio.
The museum has over 150 TV sets including mechanical TVs from the 1920s and 1930s; pre-World War II British sets from 1936–39; pre-war American sets from 1939–41; post-war American, British, French and German sets from 1945–60; and early color sets from 1953-57 including an RCA Victor CT-100. Many of these sets are working. It is the largest collection in the United States.

The Dave Johnson collection of early television cathode ray tubes is also at the museum, along with early TV studio equipment, which includes a working 60-line flying spot scanner TV camera. Visitors are pictured by this camera as they would have appeared on mechanical television in 1931.

The museum is a non-profit foundation operated by the Early Television Foundation, which hosts an annual conference at the museum.
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  • Always looking for fun things to see while family is in town. I had first heard about this museum last fall. They ask $5 per adult to get in which was fine. Happy the guy working told us where to...  more »
  • This museum is one of those hidden gems that you’ll always remember. It was built by a very dedicated collector who collected and preserved TVs and video equipment before it was scraped. The amount...  more »
  • I was afraid it would be too technical or obscure but the audio tour is great and some of the sets actually play video. So much fun and a peek into a fascinating portion of history!
  • Really fun and informative small museum. Kids immediately sat down 6"in front of sets, just like their parents and grandparents did.

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