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Texas Museum of Broadcasting & Communications, Kilgore: Hours, Address, Texas Museum of Broadcasting & Communications Reviews: 5/5

Texas Museum of Broadcasting & Communications

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RickDude
Cedar Hill, TX49 contributions
Nov 2020
This is a true gem. The museum contains all sorts of radio, telephone, and television technology from throughout the decades that were beautifully restored and displayed. There are quite a few that they've got working. One was an entertainment system with a radio, phonograph and television from 1948. The Siegel family first owned it. They also had several Edison wax cylinder phonographs that date to around the start of the 1900's. The curator, who is a media engineer, took us around and described and demonstrated many of the museum pieces. They are only open Fridays and Saturdays but if you are in the area well worth the time. I thank them for spending so much time with us.
Written 7 November 2020
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Kristal M
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Oct 2020
If you're looking for a fun socially distanced activity, this is the place to go. We spent 1.5 hours with the founder and had a wonderful time looking at all the old equipment. The fully restored mobile radio van and the ESPN truck are amazing. Plus you are in walking distance of some nice parks and restaurants. A fun day.
Written 11 October 2020
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tomtex451
Jessieville, AR135 contributions
Aug 2020
Wow! What a treat to tour this fantastic museum for 1.5 hours with its founder, Chuck Conrad. The TV and radio equipment and video displayed brings back great memories, especially for me the old Johnny Carson videos. The old tube checking machines he has reminded me of my many trips to 7-11 to text TV tubes in the 1960's.
Written 15 August 2020
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Daytexas
Georgetown, TX84 contributions
Jul 2020 • Couples
The focus is on broadcast technologies from early Edison recordings through radio and television. Beautifully restored and displayed broadcast equipment and the historic events and people that they were associated with. A television camera that was used in the live coverage of the Lee Harvey Oswald shooting at the Dallas Jail, a fully restored ESPN mobile studio ... the museum has them and many other historic broadcast memorabilia. Well worth a trip to Kilgore (just off of I-20 in East Texas).
Written 11 July 2020
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dkgrapevine
grapevine, tx50 contributions
Jun 2020
Wish we would have allocated ourselves more time to spend here! My husband was a Radio, Film, TV major and loved seeing so much equipment from his early career. The curators are so friendly and knowledgeable, and happy to share their stories about the collection. This is a "short" drive from Dallas - definitely worth spending an afternoon here.
Written 27 June 2020
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Thanks for visiting us. The collection is always changing so pleas be sure to put a return visit on your calendar.
Written 28 June 2020
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Chris V
30 contributions
Jun 2020 • Solo
I was in town for the day and decided to go visit this museum, I had heard about it on the radio and thought I would go see for my self. I was blown away with the amount of stuff that there was to see. Whether it was the mock setups for radio and television to the vast displays of the history of the equipment needed to produce radio and television. I was very impressive with the shear volume of everything that I saw and wished that I could have stayed longer for being there brought back so many memories.
Written 20 June 2020
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Please come and see us again! It is an always changing exhibit. We get a lot of visitors who think they will kill 15 or 20 minutes with us. A couple of hours later, they are still here. We love that, although the lesson to be learned is to allow a couple of hours for your visit. You won't be able to see it all in that amount of time, but you will get a good overview. Thanks for the review!
Written 28 June 2020
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Alice A
18 contributions
Dec 2019
This museum is a must-see for everyone. They have equipment going back to the late 1800s - and it is all original and it is all works! There are broadcast booths, two restored TV station busses, a player piano, a Victrola record player, a TV camera invented by Jackie Gleason, and so much more. There are several rooms full of TV cameras, the earliest TVs from the 1950s, early radios, the first telephones, huge reel-to-reel tape recorders. The amazing part of this museum is that all the equipment works. Everyone who works in the museum can tell you incredibly interesting stories about each piece of equipment. Don't miss it!!
Written 11 December 2019
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Steven O. Sellers
San Antonio, TX132 contributions
Nov 2019
This wonderful and historic facility was a real surprise on a recent visit to the East Texas city of Kilgore. This is so much more than a collection of vintage broadcast equipment, but succeeds in presenting an accurate timeline of the history of broadcasting in America. The collection of radios. TV's, phonographs, tape recorders and more is unsurpassed . You don't have to be a broadcast engineer to appreciate the museum. Parents will enjoying showing their kids and grandkids how they listened to music in their day. Also onsite are fully equipped radio studios and an amazing vintage mobile television studio.
Written 8 November 2019
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texmarc
Longview, TX500 contributions
Aug 2019 • Couples
This was my first visit to the museum and really didn't know what to expect. The museum contains all aspects of the broadcasting industry from the beginnings of radio (even a telegraph) through the modern era of television. Highlights include a radio studio from the 60's, a huge display of radios, TV cameras(including one use when President Kennedy was assassinated), and telephones and stereos. There is also a mock up television news desk so you can try your hand at reporting. The bulk of the collection is from Chuck Conrad's collection and visiting with him shows his passion for the industry. One improvement would be better labeling on the displays from those who want to be self guided. Allow an hour or two to see the museum.
Written 4 August 2019
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Thanks for your comments. We are working on more labels on display items, but as you can guess, with thousands of items, it is a very daunting task. since we are operated by a team of volunteers some things take longer to accomplish than others. We are always searching for people who would like to help with that task. Any takers? At least for now, we suggest that people go on a guided tour. Any of our volunteers will be happy to show visitors around and answer their questions. As you point out, you should allow an hour and a half to two hours for that. Some visitors spend much longer than that, just wandering around. Thanks for visiting!
Written 5 August 2019
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Inspiration60132
Cleburne, TX7 contributions
Jul 2019 • Couples
For some, this will be a trip down memory lane; for others an eye-opening experience about the advent and evolution of broadcasting. Either way, this is a fun and interesting experience. Thanks to the owners for generously giving of their time and knowledge. And thanks to them for devoting so much of their lives to bringing this important part of our history to light for those who have the opportunity to see this museum.
Written 7 July 2019
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Thanks for visiting. I hope you will come again. It's hard to see it all in just one visit, and new items are always arriving.
Written 8 July 2019
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