US Army Comm. Electronics Museum


Fort Monmouth began in 1917 as the Signal Corps Camp, a cluster of tents on a small portion of the present installation. From operating the Army's WW I Pigeon Service, Fort Monmouth evolved into one of the largest military technology centers devoted to developing, supplying, and overseeing all types of communications systems. The museum's exhibits tell about some of the significant engineering breakthroughs made here, including radios developed by Edwin Armstrong. Radar, night vision devices, weather satellites, and solar batteries are just some of the developments for which Fort Monmouth's engineers deserve some credit.

Activity Details

Activity Type:Trips and Destinations
Discipline:Electrical
Topic(s):Sounds/Music
Grade:K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Time:Full day

Fun Fact:Fort Monmouth was instrumental in developing the first radio-equipped meteorological balloon in 1928 and aircraft detection radar in 1938. In 1946, the feasibility of space communication was demonstrated here. In fact, on January 10 of that year, Fort Monmouth was the first to make radar contact with the moon.