The Southern Appalachian Radio Museum in Asheville traces the history of radio from the early days of spark gap transmitters through the 1960s.
Exhibits and artifacts include Atwater Kent, Philco, Silvertone, Edison phonographs, Crosley, Hammarlund, Harvey Wells, test instruments, spark gap transmitters, keys, and ancient QSL cards. Many displays are hands-on and kid-friendly.
The one-room museum also includes an operating amateur radio station, W4AFM. The museum’s volunteers teach amateur radio at the Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, where the museum is located.
Hours of Operation
Open on Fridays from 1 – 3 pm. March through November.
Tours on other days of the week can be arranged by calling in advance.
There is no charge for admission during regular Friday hours. Tours arranged at other times are $5/person (no charge for children under 13).
Hours of operation and fees are subject to change. Contact directly for most current information.
The Southern Appalachian Radio Museum is located in the Elm Building on the campus of Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College.