Q: What is the cost of admission?
A: Admission is $7.00 for adults, $5.00 for students, seniors and active duty military (except during Blue Star Museums). Kids 5 and under are free. Donations are gladly accepted. Groups of 10 or more receive a $2.00 per person discount if the visit is arranged at least two weeks in advance.
Q: Where do I park?
A: The museum has limited free on-site. Additional parking, which we share with Northrop Grumman, 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: Are cameras allowed in the Museum?
A: Personal use photography and filming is allowed in the museum. Flashes and artificial lighting are prohibited. Tripods are prohibited. Please be considerate of other visitors when taking photos.
All student projects and professional photography or filming require advance approval and may be subject to staff supervision. Please submit a description of your project and your requested date to firstname.lastname@example.org at least two weeks in advance.
Q: Does the Museum supply wheelchairs?
A: The Museum currently has two wheelchairs, which are offered free of charge and on a first-come-first-served basis.
Q: How much time should I set aside to visit the museum?
A: A self guided tour takes generally one hour.
Q: Is there a gift shop?
A: Yes, souvenirs are available for purchase in the museum lobby.
Q: Is there a restaurant or vending machine at the museum?
A: There are no food services available at the museum. There are many restaurants nearby.
Q: How do I become a NEM member?
A: Click here. Business memberships are also available.
Q: What types of facilities are available?
A: NEM has a Pioneer Hall and a conference room. Pioneer hall can seat up to 160 people in a banquet setting and 250 in an auditorium style setting. The conference room is designed for small group meetings up to 27 people.
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 3rd grade and above. Please contact at least two weeks in advance. Visit our Education page for more info on student tours, our Hours & Information page for info on adult tours, or contact our general info email account at email@example.com.
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 click here for information on donating objects and artifacts.
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 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.
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, please use the Contact form under About Us in the navigation bar.
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, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.