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Paley Center for Media

25 W 52nd Street, New York City, NY 10019 (Manhattan)
212-621-6800
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Ranked #374 of 830 attractions in New York City
Type: Specialty Museums
Owner description: Visitors can select from more than 50,000 radio and television program tapes to listen or watch at one of this museum's 96 radio and television... more » Owner description: Visitors can select from more than 50,000 radio and television program tapes to listen or watch at one of this museum's 96 radio and television consoles. « less
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Crawley, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

A strange thing to do when visiting NYC however my wife and I were there as a result of our son wanting to visit as a result of a UK media degree he is doing. We arrived at 11:50 and were greeted by helpful reception staff who advised we were in time for the 12:00 tour. The tour included explanation... More

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Olney, MD
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2013

This was and interesting and fun visit. The catalog of television shows and advertisements is accessed through computers. There are multiple headsets for each computer so that if you visit you can share what you are watching with those that you are travelling with. We watched a 1950's show, a 1960's one and a Saturday Night Live episode from the... More

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Green Cove Springs, Florida
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56 reviews 56 reviews
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2013

My wife and I had visited this attraction several years ago when it was known as the Museum of television and radio. Its was memorable then but It is even better now in it's new format. Last visit we were limited to 3 shows from early radio or television and now you get 90 minutes of unrestricted viewing. They weren't... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2013 via mobile

I was expecting a museum all about television and radio, but what I found was more of a library, and as a massive TV fan (can't get enough TV!!!!) this place totally floats my boat! I got to watch some amazing footage of James Dean before he became a movie star, some classic episodes of The Twilight Zone, even a... More

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nyc
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

Outstanding venue to see old Movies, clips, TV Radio! Unique attraction in NYC At any given time one can witness people from all over the Planet sitting @ monitors laughing heads off. i got so caught up in the spirit i was asked to be quieter with my responses. Lots of events go on @ the Paley center, formerly called... More

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new york
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5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2013

I joined the Paley Center in NYC because they advertised daily programming of classic TV in their downstairs theater, but they do NOT deliver. I looked forward to seeing selections of classic TV like Playhouse 90, Andy Williams, Martin & Lewis, Flip Wilson, Julie Andrews specials, Paul Lynde specials, more variety shows and classic comedy. But their programming turned out... More

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Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

This place is a treasure trove of media artifacts. You can pay a minimal fee to sit down at a computer for 90 minutes and watch anything that has ever been on television. Loved it!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2012

I thought it was a museum. It is not but uou have 2 hours to look up what has been on TV-shows, documentaries, the ads from the 50s were fun. I watched Mary Tyler Moore Show where Chuckles the Clown was killed. A classic!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2012 via mobile

They have a really big collection of old videos of all types. You can easily browse the collection, or research keywords. The only negative thing is that you have to stay only a hour and a half, which isn't enough but understandable. In a nutshell, this is a must-go for a rainy day !

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Israel
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2012

I prefer the original name - Museum of Television and Radio. Just don't expect your standard museum experience. Have a seat next to one of the computer screens (nothing fancy or modern), and choose from an extensive archive of whatever strikes your fancy. From Beatles of yesteryear to Topper (1937), Father knows best, or whatever you like best, chances are... More

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