Dedicated to the Past, Present, and Future History of Vacuum Tubes
The International Vacuum Tube Museum is the only formal vacuum tube museum worldwide. The Museum’s Mission is the collection, study, education, exhibition, research, conservation, interpretation, preservation and documentation of vacuum tubes and vacuum tube artifacts. Vacuum tubes are the foundation for all electronics in the modern age… computers, radios, televisions, radar, telephones, microwaves, MRI and x-ray machines, guitar amplifiers, audio equipment… every electronics device!
The Museum is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and is now in the early stages of public development after a long incubation period during which we built the extensive corporate infrastructure, processes, policies, and proper museum systems required for world-class museums. The Museum is currently raising funds to support the next stages of our efforts, including finalizing the Museum’s application to the Smithsonian Institution for affiliation, building alliances with a wide variety of important organizations, hiring a complete Museum team, ramping up full museum operations, and attaining a long-term endowment to allow the smallest possible museum entrance fees and Member dues, a stable annual budget, and the best possible programs.
We have lost our donated lease for our facility and gallery in Lakewood, Colorado. The Museum needs buildings or space as soon as possible in the Denver Metro area. The Museum also needs vehicles.
The Museum Needs Your Help to Showcase the History of Tubes
Much of the rich and important history of vacuum tubes has been lost. And much is buried in forgotten boxes in home closets, attics, basements, garages, and corporate storage rooms and facilities. The Museum needs your help to fix this situation.
Individuals: Send your personal recollections from your professional, academic or scientific career, your knowledge of tubes, radios and test gear, your knowledge of important companies and people. If you attended conventions, hamfests, conferences, or were a member of any of dozens of organizations, you can help. If you are a ham, if you are involved in radio or other technical industries, if you enjoy hobbies in electronics, radio, or any number of related areas, you can help.
Organizations: Send your organizational histories, links to your archives and libraries, links to your collections and exhibits. We can work with you at any level. You can start by simply linking your history, library or museum websites with us. You can get our help to organize your history, research your archives, or digitize your documents. We can help you preserve your newsletters, reports, schematics, manuals, films, posters, artwork, and oral histories. We can help you research your history, write about your rich history, and help promote your history to all your audiences and stakeholders. You can get our help to upgrade, or even completely take care of your history, library, museum, or archives. Contact us to talk about our Corporate History Programs.
Help us retrieve history:
• Help us by sending your documents and links.
• Help us by making tax-deductible contributions to the Museum.
• Help us by volunteering for Committees.
• Help us by becoming a Member.
Donate or Join now! Every Contribution Helps!
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The Museum and our team are proud members of the following organizations:
• Alliance of American Museums (AAM)
• American Association for State and Local History (AASLH)
• American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Sections: Physics, Engineering, History and Philosophy of Science
• American Library Association (ALA)
• American Radio Relay League, the National Association for Amateur Radio (ARRL)
• Electron Devices Society, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
• Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP)
• GuideStar (Gold Level)
• Society of American Archivists (SAA)
• Tube Collectors Association (TCA)
Vacuum Tubes are Everywhere Today!
• Atomic Clocks
• Audio Systems
• Car Dashboards
• Cellular Telephone Satellites
• Computer Monitors
• DVD Players & Recorders
• Electromagnetic Testing
• Electron Microscopes
• Gas Discharge Systems
• Gas Lasers
• Guitar Amplifiers
• Ham Radio
• High-Speed Circuit Switching
• Industrial Heating
• Ion Microscopes
• Ion Propulsion Systems
• LCD Computer Displays
• Microwave Systems
• Microwave Ovens
• Military Systems
• Mobile Phone, Bluetooth & Wi-Fi Microwave Components
• Musical Instrument Amplifiers
• Nuclear Research
• Particle Accelerators
• Photomultiplier Tubes
• Plasma Panel Displays
• Plasma Propulsion Systems
• Professional Audio Equipment
• Radar Systems
• Radio Communications
• Radio Stations
• Recording Studios
• Solar Collectors
• Sonar Systems
• Strobe Lights
• Satellite Ground Stations
• Semiconductor Vacuum Electronic Systems
• TV Stations
• Vacuum Electron Devices
• Vacuum Panel Displays