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20th Century Technology Museum
231 South Fulton Street
Wharton, Texas 77488
Voice: 979-282-8810

The Museum of 20th Century Technology intends to become the premier museum of 20th Century technologies in Texas. As part of that mission, the museum plans to become an important educational resource for teaching children and adults about the history of technology and how technology has altered the course of human lives.

The 20th Century Technology Museum is in Wharton, Texas. It is located in the ground floor of the former county jailhouse built in 1888, one block from the county courthouse, on the banks of the Colorado River. The 20th Century Technology Museum was founded to exhibit items that showcase the highlights of technological developments in the 20th century. While this may seem too recent a subject for a historical museum, with the rapid pace of technological change, items from the first half of the 20th century are truly "museum pieces" at this point. Technology from the latter half of the century may not seem so antiquated, but items from this period help to show how the earlier items relate to current technology. Major technological developments of the 20th century include:

  • Electronic media and recording/reproduction (radio, television, film, phonograph, etc.)
  • Computers
  • Home appliances (washing machine, dishwasher, refrigerator, microwave oven, air conditioning)
  • Telephones
  • Automobiles
  • Aircraft and spacecraft
  • Agricultural mechanization
  • Medical devices

Many items in the collection at the opening of the museum in July 2005 are from the collection of the Schulze family of Fort Bend and Wharton counties in Texas, and will not initially represent all aspects of technology from the 20th century. Included in the founding collection are an experimental aircraft, numerous radios, computers, and home appliances.



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