Huntington, West Virginia: Museum of Radio and Technology

Housed in an old elementary school precariously set on a hillside. Serves as a clubhouse for members, and a place to display all the neat tech junk their spouses would've thrown out.
Address:
1640 Florence Ave., Huntington, WV
Directions:
I-64 exit 6 to 14th St. W., away from the Ohio River. Go under a railroad bridge. Just after the bridge is a stop sign with a full-sized locomotive on your right. Turn right onto Memorial Blvd and make an immediate left onto Harvey Rd, which looks like a narrow country road. Less than half-mile further, in front of a church, turn left onto Florence Ave. Half a block to Museum and fenced-in parking area on right.
Hours:
F-Sa 10-4, Su 1-4 (Call to verify)
Phone:
304-525-8890
Admission:
Free
RA Rates:
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Museum of Radio and Technology

Pretty neat -- if you can find it! There are signs, but the Museum is housed in a former elementary school in an obscure neighborhood that clings precariously to the side of a hill. Get off I-64 onto Adams Avenue in West Huntington, and follow a torturous trail to the other side of the tracks. The Museum has very little parking and almost no signage, but once you get inside there's a re-creation of a radio repair shop from the '20s, several rooms crammed with broadcasting memorabilia, radio (and TV) receivers, and even the complete transmitter from a station in Fairmont. In the building's former gymnasium they have swap meets for enthusiasts of electronics history. The whole shebang is operated by the Antique Radio Club, the members of which are exactly the sort of coots you'd expect. This is not so much a tourist attraction as a clubhouse where the members store all the junk their wives were going to make them throw out. Still, they've put effort into the displays.

[Charlie Cooper, 06/10/1998]

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