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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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Description: 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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New London CT
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72 reviews 72 reviews
10 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 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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Washington DC, USA
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16 reviews 16 reviews
13 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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17 reviews 17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 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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75 reviews 75 reviews
7 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

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 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 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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Atlanta, Georgia
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17 reviews 17 reviews
11 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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Crawley, United Kingdom
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83 reviews 83 reviews
43 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

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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39 reviews 39 reviews
8 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
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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60 reviews 60 reviews
16 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 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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41 reviews 41 reviews
13 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
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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