One of the things to love about Connecticut is the many roadside attractions you’ll find while traveling throughout the beautiful state. While RVing allows you to enjoy the great outdoors it’s also a great way to check the unique gems tucked along Connecticut’s winding roads.
The Vintage Radio and Communications museum is one such gem. This museum teaches visitors about the history of radio, television, and communications in our great country. From early telegraphs to phonographs to refrigerators that feature radios installed in them you’ll find relics from our communications history that will remind you of how far we’ve come. For visitors with young children, the museum has many interactive displays, including a Victrola, a Tesla coil, and some of the old phones. You’ll even find a working replica of a broadcast control room and sound effects studio that children and adults alike can pretend like they’re working as a part of a production team.
All visitors to the museum are given a free guided tour that usually takes around 1 hour to complete, although previous guests have said they could spend 2 hours in the museum and still not see everything it has to offer.
Before you leave the Vintage Radio and Communications Museum be sure to stop by the gift shop and pick up a little memento to remember your experience. They’ve got your typical tourist fare – t-shirts and coffee mugs – but also sell art from local artist David Herzfeld, who makes quirky sculptures out of vintage radio tubes, and steel and silver parts.
The museum is open Thursday and Friday from 10am-3pm, Saturday from 10am-5pm, and Sunday from 1pm-4pm. Many visitors say this hidden gem is hard to find, even with a GPS. A happy visitor suggested taking exit 36 off of I-91, turning right on Park Avenue, driving .6 miles to Windsor Avenue, turning left on Windsor. After staying right at the Y in the road you’ll drive 1.6 miles to Pierson Lane, where you’ll reach your destination.