Antique Wireless Association - Radio Communications Museum
Village Green, Rts. 5 & 20, Bloomfield NY (about 20 miles south of Rochester)
Open most Saturday and Sunday afternoons in the summer months only. See website.
In addition to its extensive collection of radio, telegraph and cell-phone technology, the AWA museum contains working examples of 1920s mechanical television equipment, a collection of early television pick-up tubes including iconoscopes, orthicons, vidicons, etc., and examples of early (1940s) wire- and magnetic tape sound recorders.
Case Research Lab Museum
203 Genesee St, Auburn NY(near Syracuse, NY)
Open Tuesday - Sunday, noon - 5:00 pm. Closed on major holidays and the month of January. See website.
This is the building in which Theodore Case and Earl I. Sponable developed early sound-on-film systems including the AEOlight tube for exposing a variable-density sound track in a motion picture camera and the Thalofide photocell for reproducing the optical sound track in the projector.
George Eastman House
900 East Avenue, Rochester NY 14607
Open every day except Mondays, Thanksgiving and Christmas. See website.
George Eastman House has an extensive collection of motion picture technology in addition to its collection of still photographs and cameras. A repertory program of screenings of classic- and current films is presented nightly in the Dryden Theatre, recently upgraded with new Kinoton projectors and digital sound systems. Occasionally classic silent movies are presented, with a piano accompaniment.
Check the museum websites for opening hours as some of these museums are open only limited dates and hours.
This listing of local area museums of interest to film / audio / television engineers is in development. Please contact the webmaster if you know of additional museums accessible from Rochester-Buffalo-Syracuse, that should be added to the list.