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Paley Center for Media

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Address: 25 W 52nd Street, New York City, NY 10019
Phone Number: 212-621-6800
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Visitors can select from more than 50,000 radio and television program...

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.

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Great Nostalgia Trip

Very comfortable setting for personal viewing of shows from their very deep video library. Couples can sit together in front of one monitor (we did). Reasonable entry fee for 90... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 20, 2015
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New London CT

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42 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We visited the Paley Center for Media and it was so much fun. They have a room with every TV show you can imagine and you get headphones and watch any episode you want. I watched Love American Style and it brought me back to my childhood. They also have a theater that changes it's theme.

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Thank XYZ123NY
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330 reviews
43 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015 via mobile

Although the big screen movie theater is no longer in action, the library on another floor is a wonderful place to spend a few hours. There are many comfortable viewing stations, each with a large flat screen TV and head phones. One can watch the entire history of TV, or focus as I did on the many braoadcasts dealing with... More 

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Thank jop2map
Boca Raton, Florida
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33 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015

We were fortunate to see Carol Burnett interviewed here. It was comfortable, well produced, and acoustically perfect. Our membership has returned our small investment many times over!

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Thank bobboles
Brewster, New York
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50 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

If you grew up in the 1950s, you can see all the old TV shows from that era, including the politically incorrect ones (like Amos and Andy)

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New London CT
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98 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Very comfortable setting for personal viewing of shows from their very deep video library. Couples can sit together in front of one monitor (we did). Reasonable entry fee for 90 minutes of great fun. Staff is knowledgeable, helped us find a particular video from the 1984 Olympics that we wanted to see once again.

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1 Thank dbarms
Washington DC, USA
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23 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

I love the Paley Center. If you've got long-lost TV favorites, this is your place. Computer stations allow you to call up black and white from the 50's (think Gunsmoke and I Love Lucy), to all Olympics coverage (I found the Munich games tragedy covering fascinating, both from a historical/terrorism view and just to show how much television has evolved... More 

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Thank Barbara_A462
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

this place is a lot of fun. We sat and enjoyed several old tv shows. We'll probably visit here again,

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Massachusetts
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84 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014 via mobile

Not the typical museum with exhibitions and lectures. You basically get access to their media collection for 90 minutes at a computer. Some of the media footage is very good, but you could get the majority of it off Youtube. Nice activity for a rainy day, but it could be a much better museum with exhibitions and exclusive shows for... More 

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Choctaw, Oklahoma
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12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

$10 for the privilege of sitting in front of a computer to look at TV programs. No exhibits. Nothing. I asked where the exhibits were and I was told they don't have them any more.

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Jacksonville, Florida
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28 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

This unimposing resource on the upper West Side in NYC is a must for anyone interested in U.S. media history. Supported by major media organizations and individuals, it provides archive quality, complete replays of classic news and entertainment shows from many decades past. The staff are helpful, knowledgeable and amazingly modest given the value of the archives that they curate.... More 

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