The Sarnoff Collection

2000 Pennington Road,Roscoe L. West Hall, Ewing, NJ 08638 - United States

609-771-2198

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Museum Day Hours of Operation: 10:00 am ‐ 4:00 pm

The Sarnoff Collection is a small, but significant museum housed at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ), named in honor of David Sarnoff, long-time chairman of the Radio Corporation of America (RCA), and internationally renowned pioneer in radio and television. The Collection comprises over 6,000 artifacts that document the history of communications and electronics in the 20th century. Transferred to the College in 2010 from the former David Sarnoff Research Center in Princeton, New Jersey, the mission of the Sarnoff Collection is to inform and inspire college, high school, and elementary school students throughout Mercer County, as well as the general public about technologies and innovations that transformed the world and continue to impact contemporary life.

The Collection is open to the public two days a week and admission to the Collection, and to all of its public programming, is free of charge. The Sarnoff Collection highlights Mercer County’s important contributions to the history of electronics through exhibitions, public lectures, hands-on workshops, and concerts. Since opening to the public in 2013, the Collection has attracted visitors from throughout Mercer County and the region and has been utilized by hundreds of TCNJ students, faculty members, and staff. Plans now call for expanding outreach activities to broader audiences—especially regional schools and community organizations—and partnering with local museums and historical societies to call attention Mercer County’s broader industrial heritage.

Exhibits

Innovations that Changed the World: An Introduction to the Sarnoff Collection

Innovations that Changed the World: An Introduction to the David Sarnoff Collection is a long-term exhibition that explores the state’s pioneering contributions to the electronics industry. The exhibition traces the history of telecommunications from the invention of radio to the dawn of information age using objects drawn from TCNJ’s David Sarnoff Collection.

Innovations That Changed the World allows TCNJ students and faculty, visitors, researchers, and local school groups to engage with over eighty artifacts from the Sarnoff Collection, as well as dozens of vintage photographs, letters, and advertisements.

In addition to a biographical display highlighting David Sarnoff’s remarkable rise from impoverished immigrant to industrial innovator, the exhibition is divided into nine sections, each highlighting a different technology developed by RCA—radio, the phonograph, black-and-white television, color television, electron microscopy, computing, integrated circuits, home video, and flat panel displays. Visitors will not only learn about the scientific principles behind these technologies but also the social and historical contexts into which they were introduced.

The exhibition is open to the public free of charge on Wednesdays from 1:00 to 5:00, on Sundays from 1:00 to 3:00, and by appointment for groups and school visits. The exhibition is located on the second floor of Roscoe West Hall. For more information or questions, contact sarnoff@tcnj.edu.

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