Annual Events

TechnoSwapFest, February 22nd, 2020
Snow Date: February 29th

Is your shop so cluttered you can barely work on your projects?
Did you buy something online that didn't fit into your plans?
Are you still looking for that perfect gadget, part or tool?
If you answered YES or NO to any of these questions, you need to attend the Annual Techno-Swap-Fest to buy, sell and gawk at all the precious junk that other hobbyists crave.

Robot Fest, held in April

$8 for adults, $4 for middle/high school students, FREE for elementary school students & younger

Robot Fest is an annual event for anyone interested in the creative use of technology. We welcome all roboticists, hackers, artists, hobbyists and makers of any age who have the unquenchable urge to develop and create new, previously unseen forms from lifeless electronics, fabrics and mechanical parts.

Pioneer Camp
July 22-23, 2020

Pioneer Camp is for children between 8-11 years old. More info to come about 2020's camp.

Contact Museum Educator Walt Bilous with any questions:

Electronica Music Fest, held in November

Electronica is a day of knob twisting, pitch bending, wiring mazes, sound shaping, and visual explosion with some of the area's most exciting and innovative Electronic musical performers. Admission is $10 at the door.

MAARC Winterfest, annually in January

The Mid-Atlantic Antique Radio Club holds its annual RadioWinterFest swap meet at the National Electronics museum. This all-indoor meet and auction is open to all vintage electronics sellers. General admission: 9:00 AM (Vendors admitted at 8:00 AM) - Auction at Noon. There is a $7 fee for admission; $5 admission for senior citizens. NEM member are admitted for free.

Special Events

The Death of Telstar: Bad Uses for Good Electronics
Special Guided Tour with NEM Director Mike Simons

The revolution in electronics is controlled by the human factor. A device may be the best at what it does, but that doesn't ensure that people will put it to good use. Likewise, a device seemingly with no purpose can become the perfect application. Join NEM Director Mike Simons as he explains how radar didn't save the fleet, how a cancelled and incomplete system helped destroy an entire army, and why the darling of the early space age was destroyed shortly after launch.
Thursday, 30 January, 2020, 11:30 am
Thursday, 27 February, 2020, 11:30 am

Tickets available at the door, no advance registration required for groups of 9 or fewer.
For groups of 10+, please contact the museum to reserve, or to schedule for a different date
$10 per person/$8 for seniors and students
Offsite Events

The National Electronics Museum will be at the following public events. Come see us!

PWC HayMaker STEAM Expo, January 25th

At the sixth annual Expo, ILITE Robotics is excited to provide hands-on, interesting, and enriching activities that promote curiosity and introduce attendees to the many facets of STEAM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics.

At the expo, you will find a plethora of fun, family-friendly STEAM activities, informational booths, and concessions from local businesses and organizations. Each year, the PWC HayMaker STEAM Expo attracts over 2,000 attendees from all over the county. “Makers” of all ages are invited to spend the day driving robots, learning about sustainability, doing science experiments, solving engineering challenges, and more!

If you have any questions about the event, please contact Grace Henderson at or Gail Drake at For more information, visit our website