SPARC Radio Museum – A Hidden Gem

What a fabulous place the SPARC Radio Museum is!  It is on the Riverview Hospital site in Coquitlam.  SPARC stands for Society for the Preservation of Antique Radio in Canada.  And have they ever preserved!  The museum was founded in the early 1990s.  If you are curious about technologies of the past, either scientifically or aesthetically (or both), you’ll love it here.  Don’t expect a pristine museum setting: this is more like a picker’s dream: dusty treasures, radios stacked five feet high, rooms packed full of nostalgic items like vacuum tubes – too many places to look to see everything in one trip.

This museum has workspaces, a functioning broadcast station, morse code recordings, thousands of radio shows, records, and tapes, early TVs and phonographs, wax cylinder recordings, old posters, very knowledgeable volunteers, and they restore vintage radios too.  There are rooms set up with military equipment and memorabilia, and a replica of the radio room on the ship the Carpathia; this room also includes the radio from the Empress of India.

I’ve included a few pictures to tempt you.  It is well worth the trip.  Admission is free (but leave them a donation because they’re working on a shoestring budget).  SPARC has limited hours so check first; their website address is: http://www3.telus.net/radiomuseum.