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|Early Television Museum|
The Early Television Museum is the only museum in the United States specializing in the technology of television. The Early Television Foundation, a not-for-profit corporation located in Hilliard, operates the museum.
Television broadcasting began in England and the United States in the late 1920s. The receivers of this era used rotating metal disks to produce a small, blurry picture. The museum has several of these rare sets on display, including two that are operational. We also have a television camera from 1931. Visitors can see their friends as they would have appeared on TV at that time. The museum also has two of the first TV sets to be used in Columbus, dating from 1929.
Television using picture tubes instead of disks was developed shortly before World War Two. The first broadcasts began in England in 1936, and in New York in 1938. Only a few thousand sets were manufactured, and less than 400 exist today. The museum has over 20 of these TV receivers on display.
After World War Two television grew very rapidly. The museum features dozens of sets made from 1946 to 1950 in the U.S. and Europe.
Color TV broadcasting began in 1954. The Museum has a number of color sets from that year, including the first set sold to the public.
We are open Saturdays from 10 to 6, Sundays from 12 to 5, and on weekdays by appointment. There is no admission charge
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