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Museum of Broadcast Communications

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SNL - Worth It!

Rating based on the exhibit content and if you are a Saturday Night Live fan you should see this... read more

Reviewed March 4, 2019
Patricia58P
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Buckeye, Arizona
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Loved the SNL Exhibit

The core exhibit is fine, probably 3 starts, but the current SNL exhibit is amazing - definitely 5... read more

Reviewed February 21, 2019
jeremyc600
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Atlanta, Georgia
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The Museum of Broadcast Communications (MBC) is one of only three broadcast museums in America and home to the nation’s only Radio Hall of Fame. The Museum will re-open in its new 70,000-square-foot facility on State and Kinzie Streets in 2006.
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360 N State St, Chicago, IL 60654-5411
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Reviewed April 16, 2019

I had tickets for the SNL Exhibit which was separate from the permanent museum. I prepaid for parking across the street (check the museum website) and saved substantially! If you have to drive to the museum I highly suggest you opt for the prepay. The...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Kismgby
Reviewed March 20, 2019

Run....go to this FANTASTIC exhibit before they close on March 31. I just wish they would keep this as a permanent exhibit. See the costumes, props and lot's of footage walking through as if you are there for a typical week working on the show...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank crunch6
Reviewed March 4, 2019 via mobile

Rating based on the exhibit content and if you are a Saturday Night Live fan you should see this! So cool to see how they put the show together and look at the memorabilia! This was a team outing and we were the last group...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Patricia58P
Reviewed February 28, 2019

We really went to see the temporary SNL exhibit but we got so much more. The regular exhibit with TV and radio history was awesome. They also had an old TV camera that filmed once of the Kennedy-Nixon debates and one of the news scrolls...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank bryan8underwood
Reviewed February 24, 2019

I had seen a lot of the excellent exhibits on the 3rd floor when they were housed at the Chicago Cultural Center but made a special trip here for the SNL exhibit which was great. They play a lot of clips of some of their...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Mar L
Reviewed February 21, 2019

The core exhibit is fine, probably 3 starts, but the current SNL exhibit is amazing - definitely 5 stars! Lots of amazing behind the scenes facts, videos, etc., along with costumes, props, and even sets. Highly recommended for any Saturday Night Live fans!

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed February 2, 2019 via mobile

The SNL exhibit contained many clips and interesting facts about the behind the scenes of Saturday Night Live, and it really gives you a new appreciation of the hard work that goes into producing every one of those shows. Only museum exhibit where laughing out...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank Emma L
Reviewed January 20, 2019

While the actual museum was somewhat interesting, what drew us to this venue was the SNL experience. A great trip down memory lane with all of your favorite skits. The exhibit was interesting in that it was designed to give you the entire weeklong experience...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank stlmouse
Reviewed January 13, 2019

This place should be 2 stars, but I just can't do that to a Chicago museum, so they get 3 - YMMV. We visited with our kids while they were home from school - paid about $80 for 3 students and 2 adults, so while...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank keishoos
Reviewed January 6, 2019

It's $20 for the primetime exhibit, $5 for the rest. The 3rd floor hosts some cool things, radio and TV history, some old cameras, radios, and TV sets from things like Meet the Press. I'm not from the Chicago area and some of these things...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Response from GARuss | Reviewed this property |
The parking lot across the street offers discounted parking for museum-goers. It runs about $10 on weekends (fixed rate) or about $14 for three hours on weekdays.
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June 6, 2018|
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Response from Bdufe | Reviewed this property |
We parked in a parking garage kitty corner from the museum.
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Response from dvkremk | Reviewed this property |
I would say 1 to 2 hours - depending on how in depth you spend reading each exhibit. Last weekend we attended a play at the museum relating to facts around the JFK assassination which was interesting. It is held in the... More
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