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A Bowie museum that chronicles the history and science behind radio and television is considering leaving its Prince George’s County home and moving to Montgomery County.

The National Capital Radio & Television Museum has outgrown its city-owned home on Mitchellville Road in Bowie and may be headed to Rockville.

Brian Belanger, the museum’s executive director and curator, told the Rockville mayor and council that while the museum may ultimately stay in Bowie, “moving to Montgomery County is certainly another option.”

Belanger said the museum particularly has its sights set on the barns at the King Farm farmstead, attracted by the site’s proximity to the Shady Grove Metro station.

But the site would require extensive work to make it viable, he said.

The museum already has a Montgomery County background, with four of its board members living in Rockville, Belanger said.

It also had a small exhibit in the county’s County Executive Office Building a few years ago and a presence at Science Day at Montgomery College this year.

The museum focuses on the history, science and technology of radio and television, with an emphasis on science, technology, engineering and mathematics, Belanger said.

It’s too soon to tell if the museum could use the Rockville facility even if it were to become available, Belanger said. The museum could bring a lot to the area, both economically and through cultural events such as lectures, book signings and children’s programs, he said.

“If this museum were ever to move to Rockville, it would be a real asset to the community,” he said.



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