Now Open: The Sarnoff Collection Reopens!

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Exhibitions & Programs

Summer 2022 Exhibitions

The Sarnoff Collection is free and open to the public. We are open:

  • Wednesday 1:00-5:00 pm
  • Sunday 1:00-3:00 pm
  • By Appointment (email sarnoff@tcnj.edu)

Vinyl Videos: The Rise and Fall of the RCA Videodisc
On view through November, 2022

The RCA Videodisc system – along with the story of its creation, introduction, and impact on the RCA corporation – embodies the curious power and fragility of corporate innovation.

This exhibit uses objects, images, and documents from the Sarnoff archives along with first-hand and scholarly accounts of this product’s development and demise to examine the complex relationships between basic research, business decision-making, and product development and marketing.


View of the museum, with an electron microscope in the foreground, and artifacts and photos visible in the background.

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.


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