Moses Znaimer’s MZTV Museum of Television and Archive seeks to protect, preserve and promote the receiving instruments of Television History. Whereas other North American museums of broadcasting feature programs, ours is unique in its focus on the history and evolution of the technology, as well as on the sets themselves.
The Museum exhibits the world’s most comprehensive collection of television receivers for the formative sixty-year period from the 1920s to the 1980s. It also offers specialized displays devoted to receiver design, to TV signals in space, and to the museum’s signature Philco Predicta line of sets. It is home to celebrity sets from Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley; to the 1939 Worlds’ Fair RCA Phantom Teleceiver, the rarest television on the planet; to Felix The Cat, the first star of television; as well as to special tributes to John Logie Baird and Philo T. Farnsworth, the inventors of mechanical and electronic television.
The Museum works to tell the story of the medium, to contribute to the understanding of the impact of television on the people who watch it, and to recover the names and reputations of the Pioneers who invented it.
Together with original papers, discs, books, magazines, toys, spare parts, and other pop culture artifacts and ephemera, the collection offers over 10,000 objects to scholars and students as well as the general public.