#33 Pavek Museum of Broadcasting

My name is Aleah Vinick and I would like to adopt the Pavek Museum of Broadcasting.

A visitor to the Pavek Museum plays a quiz game (Image courtesy of Max Sparber via Flickr)

A visitor to the Pavek Museum plays a quiz game (Image courtesy of Max Sparber via Flickr)

Tell us a bit more about yourself

I live in Minneapolis in the USA, and I work in Saint Paul, for the Minnesota Historical Society. I have always worked in museum education; as a tourguide, in outreach, and events, and I have a weakness for visiting small museums and roadside attractions in my spare time. The Pavek is one of my all-time favorites for all the reasons that I love small museums. It’s run by a small group of dedicated volunteers and staff with a very specific vision, it’s out of the way and little known, and it has lots of cool weird stuff in it that you can play with!

Tell us a bit more about your adopted museum
The Pavek is in Saint Louis Park, a western suburb of Minneapolis, and it houses a huge collection of antique radio, television and broadcast equipment. In that cavernous warehouse space, you can enjoy a tiny radio station, morse code machine, a TV gameshow set, and a real, playable theramin. They also have old episodes of Minnesota TV shows like “Axel and His Dog,” MN-made recordings on magnetic wire, and much more. The museum is open year round, and admission is $7/adults, $5/kids. I think they also have special field trip programs for school groups, but I’m not sure.

Why have you chosen to adopt this museum?
As I said above, there is nothing more charming to me than a museum that toils away in relative obscurity but houses a small group of very dedicated staff and volunteers. When you visit, you may or may not encounter a staff member or volunteer and s/he may or may not give you a museum best practices-style tour designed to suit your specific learning preferences, but you will doubtless enjoy the enthusiasm and minute attention to detail that only a super fan of radio and broadcasting can share. Also it’s full of outdated and forgotten technology that’s fun to see up close.

Why would you recommend people visit?
It’s a unique spot, and you can spend hours there geeking out on all the weird stuff inside. Maybe not so great for families, but perfect for a memorable date if you like your cultural outings a little different from the standard restrained but beautiful art museum experience.

How would you sum up your museum in three words?
Weird, Informative, Fun

(Image source: Max Sparber on Flickr via Creative Commons)

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