Historical Electronics Museum, Inc. - History of the Nation's Defense Electronics
Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the cost of admission?
A: Admission is $ 5.00 for adults, $ 3.00 for students and seniors. Kids 5 and under are free. Donations are gladly accepted.
Q: Where do I park?
A: The museum has limited free on-site. Additional parking is available at the end of the building.
Q: Are strollers allowed in the museum? Does the Museum rent strollers?
A: Yes, strollers are allowed. The Museum does not currently rent strollers to the public.
Q: Is smoking allowed inside the Museum?
A: Smoking is not permitted inside the Museum or the grounds except the front parking area.
Q: Does the Museum supply wheelchairs?
A: The Museum currently has one wheelchair, which is offered free of charge.
Q: How much time should I set aside to visit the museum?
A: A self guided tour takes generally one hour.


Q: How do I become a NEM member?
A: Click here or contact Lena Harding at 410-765-0230. Business memberships are also available.


Q: I am interested in renting your facility.
A: Click here or contact Lena Harding at 410-765-0230.
Q: What types of facilities are available?
A: NEM has a Pioneer Hall and a conference room. Pioneer hall can seat up to 480 people. The conference room is designed for small group meetings.
Q: I am interested in having a retirement party at the Museum.
A: The Museum is available for retirement parties during normal business hours only.


Q: How do I become a volunteer?
A: Click here or contact Lena Harding at 410-765-0230.


Q: I want to bring a group to the museum.
A: Currently the museum books groups based on availability of tour guides. Student groups are limited to those in 5th grade and above. Please contact at least two weeks in advance. Contact Kirsten Messinger at 410-765-2345.
Q: What age groups would find the museum most interesting?
A: Junior and Senior High students as well as adults would find the museum most interesting. The museum has a Fundamentals Gallery where basic concepts of electricity and magnetism are taught using hands-on exhibits.


Q: I would like to donate an item for the Museum's collection.
A: Please read the Guidelines for Donations and Contact the Assistant Director at 410-765-9617 to discuss an object donation. 
Q: What type of objects is museum seeking?
A: Our mission is to preserve the history of defense electronics and products derived from them. This can include objects, photographs, books, and manuals. Please contact the museum before you bring in a donation. Also, keep in mind that manuals or correspondence may be just as valuable if not more so than the actual objects, so don't throw them away.
Q: Does the museum offer appraisals?
A: The National Electronics Museum staff cannot, by law, provide appraisal services. The American Society of Appraisers http://www.appraisers.org can provide a state-by-state list of accredited appraisers arranged by subject category.
Q: Who can see the collections in storage?
A: The museum's collections are open for research to qualified researchers. An appointment can be scheduled 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday. Some reference services can be provided by telephone and mail. The museum's web site can be used as a beginning point to search the collections.
Q: Are cameras permitted in the Museum?
A: Photographers may use camera equipment to take photos or digital images inside the museum, but use of a flash or other artificial lightning is prohibited. Tripods may be used by photographers as long as the equipment does not obstruct any entrances or exits to the public areas. Museum staff should be alerted to ensure that the equipment is properly placed in the desired location.
Q: Does the museum have a library?
A: There is a library of more than ten thousand books covering electronics and related topics.


Q: Is it possible for me to operate K3NEM, the ham station at the museum?
A: Yes, if accompanied by a member of the Museum's Radio club and you show your license. Many museum volunteers are also members of the club--ask at the desk. If you want to schedule an operating session ahead of your visit, click here for information on the club and how to contact them.
Q: What is the call sign of the museum's amateur radio station, and how can I contact them on the air?
A: There are two call signs associated with the museum: K3NEM is the Museum's call sign, while W3GR is the H.E.M Amateur Radio Club's call sign. Occasionally the ham club operates with the call W2W for special events commemorating World War Two. Check the ham club website   for regular net activities and operating schedules.


Q: I still have questions.
A: For additional information or to speak with the Director, please call 410-765-3803.


The National Electronics Museum is organized into thirteen related exhibit galleries:
1. Fundamentals Gallery
2. Communications Gallery
3. Early Radar Gallery
4. Cold War Radar Gallery
5. Modern Radar Gallery
6. Countermeasures Gallery
7. Under Seas Gallery
8. Electro-optical Gallery
9. Space Sensor Gallery
10. Past Gallery
11. Web Gallery
12. WWII Radar Kiosk
13. Cold War Radar Kiosk

Click here for an Adobe pdf showing the gallery layout

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