Today, this magnificent building is still home to the offices and
studio of the national radio service called Radio France, as well as having a museum wing
that has without a doubt the finest collection of sound and picture machines within
The Maison de Radio-France museum in Paris retraces
the history of radio and television and the recording of sound, from its origins and from
the very earliest experiments by almost all of the important physicists and inventors that
were responsible for bringing radio into existence. There are even some re-constructions
of laboratories that were used by the scientific minds of people such as Marconi and
You will be able to see lots of the very old appliances with some rare items like crystal
receivers and the 1793 Chappe telegraph, plus there is a great collection of televisions
and radios along with other aspects of radio waves, right up to the present times with
As well as these types of exhibit on display, you will also get to see photographs,
manuscripts along with audio and visual displays of documents and other interesting
exhibits that illustrate just how much the world has changed through this communication
medium in little over a century.
There is a guided tour that lasts approximately one hour and the guides will often be able
to show a working crystal receiver and demonstrate exactly how they were to work, which is
really interesting and these are conducted at various times during the day.
There are also numerous concerts that are held at The Maison de Radio-France, which can
include orchestras, opera, jazz, etc and the concerts are broadcast live or sometimes
taped for later use and these are open to the public, but you do sometimes have an awfully
long wait to get in!
The Musee de Radio-France is a fascinating place to visit, but it is undergoing some
renovations right up until 2012, so it is advisable to check when they are open prior to
It is usually open from a Monday to Friday with the first tour starting at 10.30am and the
last one of the day starting at 4.30pm, but due to the renovations, again it is advisable
to check first prior to turning up!
It is always closed at a weekend and on national holidays unless there is a special event
Address & Contact Details:
Musee de Radio-France
116 Avenue du Président Kennedy
Telephone: 42 30 33 83