Pavek Museum of Broadcasting, Saint Louis Park

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The Pavek Museum is a museum in St. Louis Park, Minnesota, United States (just west of Minneapolis), which has one of the world's most significant collections of vintage radio and television equipment. It originated in the collection of Joe Pavek, who began squirreling away unique radios while he was an instructor at Dunwoody Institute in 1946. Students of the day were given old radios to disassemble in order to learn their trade, and Pavek was concerned about what might be destroyed in the process.

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  • Incredible collection of vintage cameras and exhibits on the history of broadcasting! The memorabilia was interesting.  more »
  • A well curated collection of broadcasting memorabilia that is just amazing. This museum appeals to both the radio "geek" and not. The knowledge of the staff to explain how some of these items work...  more »
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  • If you grew up in Minnesota this is an amazing walk through memory lane, all the TV and Radio celebrities you knew are represented here! To this day the museum remains well supported by local broadcasters. Even if you are not a Minnesotan you will love it! This place has an incredible collection of historical radio/tv/audio/video/amateur memorabilia. Anyone who wants a wonderful overview of how far we've come from Edison and Marconi to iPhones needs to come here. Bring the kids and show them how electronic communications started! It could spark an interest that would blossom into a career (pardon the pun!). When I was a kid I started looking at old radios like these and how they worked and I was hooked!!! The back room is filled with other equipment being repaired and stored, fun to see too. Also, consider donating your old equipment here, it is an excellent cause.
  • How. Fun. Was. That?! Definitely not a place for everyone, but take this from a nerd that's very interested in technology and its history: this place is amazing. You can ask the staff about anything you have questions about and they'll happily tell you and even show you how stuff works! Can't wait to visit again.

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