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Early Television Museum

Visit the Museum

The museum is now open weekends. Come visit us.

Short videos showing some of what the museum has to offer
Your Visit to the Early TV Museum


Location: 5396 Franklin Street, Hilliard, Ohio (a suburb northwest of Columbus). Here are maps showing how to get to the museum.

Hours: Saturdays from 10 to 6, Sundays from noon to 5, and during the week by appointment. 

Admission Charge: There is no admission charge for individuals and non-profit groups, though we suggest a donation of $5 for adults and $2 for children 12 and under.

Contact Us: (614) 771-0510. info@earlytelevision.org. Mailing address 5396 Franklin Street, Hilliard, Ohio 43026.

The Early Television Museum is located at the beginning of the Heritage Rail Trail bike and hiking path that connects to another park a few miles away. Eventually the trail will be extended to a total length of about 30 miles.

Over 150 TV sets are on display in a 6000 square foot area. Displays include mechanical TVs from the 1920s and 30s; early electronic British sets from 1936-39; early electronic American sets from 1939-41; postwar sets from1945-58; and early color sets from 1953-57. Many of these sets are working. 

The Dave Johnson collection of early television picture tubes is also on display, along with early TV studio equipment.

Audio Tour

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Each area in the museum has a self-guided audio tour

See TV Sets in Operation

Some of the prewar, rare postwar, and early color sets can be operated by visitors using pushbuttons located throughout the museum:

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Interviews and Television Shows featuring the Museum
Newspaper and Magazine Articles About the Museum
Panoramic views of the museum's displays
Museum gets a new roof
The Museum's parking lot resurfacing
The Museum's video playback system
Early Television Conventions
Display Areas

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Mechanical Sets

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British early electronic

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American early electronic

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American postwar

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Color sSets

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The Library

The museum also has a library of books and other documents relating to early television. They are available to researchers by appointment. Here are lists of the items in the library:

Magazines, Pamplets, etc.