Now Open: The Sarnoff Collection Reopens!

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Welcome Back! Re-opening Celebration Sunday, December 5

Welcome Back! Re-opening Celebration Sunday, December 5

Welcome Back Open House at The Sarnoff Collection

Full-page ad with RCA dog "nipper" and a gramophone, with text "only one company can celebrate the silver anniversary of color television."

Join us to celebrate another important milestone, the reopening of the Sarnoff Collection at TCNJ! Stop by the Sarnoff Collection on Sunday, December 5th to mark the Sarnoff’s reopening with a free public reception and audio/visual presentation by TCNJ emeritus professor Gary Woodward based on his provocative new book, The Sonic Imperative: Sound in the Age of Screens.


3:00 – 5:00 pm Gallery reception and informal demonstration of gramophone, radio, video, and computer devices

5:00 pm    “Six Vital Auditory Landmarks” presentation by Dr. Gary Woodward

All Sarnoff Collection events are free and open to the public!


Reopening Soon!

Looking forward to seeing you soon….

The Sarnoff has been closed since March, 2019, but we are looking forward to opening in November, 2021. We’re looking forward to welcoming visitiors again. To get updates on the Sarnoff Collection, email to be added to our mailing list!

In Living  Color: The Long Quest for Television

In Living  Color: The Long Quest for Television

Premiering Online:
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When American audiences tuned into NBC in 1957, they might have heard the announcer proclaim that “the following program is brought to you in living color!,” and they would have seen an animation of a peacock unfurl its six-colored tail feathers… in black and white. Although the first patent for a color television system was issued in 1902, and John Logie Baird successfully demonstrated a working color television system in his London laboratory in 1928, most American homes only had black and white televisions until the late 1960s. Why did it take so long for people to turn to color?

From this side of history, where we carry screens capable of displaying brilliant color in our pockets, it seems like color television was an inevitable and natural outcome of a decades-long quest to add sight to radio sound. However, the history of color television encompassed much more than the logical progression of technological advancement. Seeing “in living color” had as much to do with politics and consumer uncertainty as it did with changes in technology.

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… Continue Reading