San Francisco Internatinal Airport

Vintage radios on display at SFO Airport

The “Mystic” Radio Bug and headset c. 1927 – courtesy SFO Museum

Radio – the invention – was a transformational technological triumph of the 20th century and today some of the earliest radios – the objects – are sought after collectible objects.

A new exhibition – On the Radio – from the SFO Museum at San Francisco International Airport brings together classic radio sets spanning sixty years of design, from crystal sets and luxury consoles, to stylish tabletop models and pocket-sized transistors.

Here are some highlights from the exhibition on view post-security on the Departures Level of SFO Terminal 3 through September 30, 2018. All photos courtesy SFO Museum.

Put on a podcast -or better yet, download an old-time radio classic – and take a tour.

Model 400–3 “Patriot” 1940


Model 21 “Minuette” 1932

X–11 Aladino 1949 


Regency TR–1 1954


Fresh art at San Francisco Int’l Airport

The SFO Museum at San Francisco International Airport, which is currently hosting exhibitions on everything from airline amenity kits and advertising icons to the art of Louis C. Tiffany has kicked off a new show with works by four artists whose work spans the five-decade history of studio glassmaking.

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Maple Axis 2008 Elin Christopherson Courtesy of the SFO Museum and artist –

The exhibit is in Terminal 2 through May 2015 and includes work by Marvin Lipofsky, Richard (Dick) Marquis, John Lewis and Elin Christopherson, whose work is above.

If you’ve got some extra time at SFO, make your way to the airport’s Louis A Turpin Aviation Museum and Library, located inside the International Terminal lobby, where there’s an exhibit of airline luggage labels, bag tags and tickets from the collection through mid-December 2014.

Luggage label

Courtesy Louis A Turpen Aviation Museum & Library