3517 Raleigh Avenue, St. Louis Park, Minnesota 55416
Open Wednesday - Saturday, 10 am till 5 pm
1948 Minneapolis Lakers
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| || ||The Pavek Museum of Broadcasting houses one of the world's finest collections of antique radio, television, and broadcast equipment. The Museum has gained international recognition for its continuing efforts in preserving and documenting the history of an industry that has made monumental changes in the fabric of modern life. Please read our mission statement. |
| 1912 Spark Gap Transmitter |
The foundation of our programming is the Joseph R. Pavek Collection containing hundreds of radio receivers, transmitters, and televisions from the first half of the Twentieth Century. Highlights include a working 1912 rotary spark-gap transmitter, crystal radios of the early Twenties, a chronologically ordered collection of vacuum tubes (including several original De Forest Audions), and one of the most extensive treasuries of radio literature ever assembled.
|Other attractions include the Charles Bradley Collection, representing more than thirty radio companies from the Twin Cities area, and the Jack Mullin Collection, documenting one hundred twenty-five years of audio recording technology. From the earliest days of the phonograph to talking pictures to the revolution of magnetic recording, the Mullin Collection preserves the entertainment technology that has forged the cultural achievements of the modern era. || |
| Jack Mullin Collection |
| | 1960s Radio Studio
We are dedicated to the preservation of these collections and the creation of new opportunities for learning and discovery. Children can actually create their own radio broadcasts in an authentic 1960s era studio or participate in Saturday morning basic electricity classes. Amateur operators can make world-wide contacts from our state-of-the-art Ham Shack, and people of all ages can enjoy a variety of classic programs and interviews with local broadcast pioneers.
Please stop in and play our original 1929 RCA Theremin, or try your hand at tuning an early 1920s radio (it’s not as easy as you might think!) and, for just a nickel, play a record on one of Wurlitzer’s first juke boxes.
The Museum is located at 3517 Raleigh Avenue in Saint Louis Park, just east of Highway 100, off the West 36th Street exit. We are open four days a week, offering a self-guided audio tour of our exhibits.
Groups or organizations should call the Museum at (952) 926-8198 to make reservations for a guided tour.
Adults . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $7
Students . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5
Wednesday - Saturday . . . . . . 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Closed Sunday - Tuesday and Holidays
| | Simple and graceful movements of the hands produce and control the tone of the RCA Theremin. The young lady is playing a note of rather high pitch (note position of right hand) and powerful volume (controlled with left hand). | |
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