The Pavek Museum is St. Louis Park’s museum focused on everything broadcasting. They focus on preserving the history of broadcasting especially in Minnesota. They’ve gained recognition from around the world due to their efforts to preserve broadcasting history and because they have the finest collection of broadcast equipment, antique televisions and radios in the world.
If you want to learn more about the history of the industry, see their collection of antiques and learn how the industry has made monumental changes to modern life, spend a day at the Pavek Museum of Broadcasting located at 3517 Raleigh Avenue in St. Louis Park.
What to Expect
The museum is located just east of Highway 100 off the West 36th street exit at 3517 Raleigh Avenue. You can take a self-guided audio tour of the exhibits four days a week on Wednesday’s through Saturdays. Bring in a group with a reservation and you can get a guided tour.
The museum is considered one of the best kept secrets in the city with over 12,000 square feet of antique equipment, televisions and radios that came from Joe Pavek’s Collection. The museum’s collection from Joe Pavek and area radio and television stations make it one of the finest and largest collections of its kind in the world.
Check out the John T. “Jack” Mullin Collection, the person responsible for bringing back two AEG Magnetophon take recorders from a German radio station after serving in the Signal Corps at the end of World War II. At that time, tape recording was an unknown technology in the United States.
The goal of the Pavek Museum is to bring the community a better knowledge of electronic communications, to stimulate recognition in young people about the contributions that science and communication can bring and to provide a permanent space for preserving documents, material, and apparatus relating to electronic communications.
If you want to explore this one-of-a-kind museum in St. Louis Park, check it out for $7 from 10am-5pm on Wednesdays through Saturdays.