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Museum of Broadcast Communications

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ransom007 wrote a review Mar 2020
Anaheim, California999 contributions181 helpful votes
There are pay-to-park lots and garages in the area. The entrance to the museum is on the ground floor and that is where you pay your admission. The basic admission price is $14 with several discounts available. Their elevator will take you to the second floor which houses the museum and the gift shop. It is a good history of radio and television broadcasting with many exhibits including videos. There is also a hall of fame with many interesting local, national, and international broadcasting greats from many fields. It is a good way to spend a couple of hours (or more, if you want) if you are interested in the subject matter.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Tom F wrote a review Mar 2020
Lemont, Illinois653 contributions79 helpful votes
Great location in downtown River North area. Had interesting Rock memorabilia. Mainly outfits worn on certain shows. They had a lot of recorded documentaries and clips of different shows. All in all worth the visit.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Kathy C wrote a review Mar 2020
3 contributions3 helpful votes
I did enjoy seeing many of the exhibits... the old television cameras are amazing. But I was pretty disappointed in the "Chicago connection" to early 50s & 60s television. We were truly the TV generation and I would loved to have seen Elmer The Elephant with John Conrad which was filmed at the Merchandise Mart, and Susan's Show with Pegasus the flying table, which was filmed at CBS here in town. Two Ton Baker was a Chicago fixture and he did a B/W Pirates show and played the piano. I don't believe Pinky Lee was filmed in Chicago but he was a fixture on TV for us -- so many things missing. It's not what it could be.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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PJS22182 wrote a review Feb 2020
Vienna, Virginia92 contributions10 helpful votes
We visited the Museum of Broadcast Communications for the traveling exhibit from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame called "Stay Tuned: Rock on TV," which runs from Oct. 18, 2019, to April 2, 2020. It is a terrific exhibit spanning "The Ed Sullivan Show" and "American Bandstand" through MTV and today. Lots of costumes, memorabilia and videos. The permanent exhibits on Chicago children's programming, Radio Hall of Fame, etc., are pretty dull.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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coljrc wrote a review Jan 2020
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This is a gem. Maybe not hidden but certainly not well known. It contains a display of radio and TV artifacts which range from Fibber McGee and Molly through The Nixon / Kennedy Debate to costumes and instruments from rock and roll. They have the actual costumes from Bozo and the "real" Garfield Goose as well as a Joan Jett outfit. This is a cool way to spend a couple of hours.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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