National Comedy Center

National Comedy Center, Jamestown: Hours, Address, National Comedy Center Reviews: 5/5

National Comedy Center
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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The National Comedy Center is the United States' official cultural institution and museum dedicated to presenting the vital story of comedy and preserving its heritage for future generations. Recently named the “Best New Museum” in the country by USA Today, and one of the "World's Greatest Places" by TIME magazine, the Comedy Center offers a visitor experience filled with laughter – featuring state-of-the-art technology, interactivity and personalization to create a one-of-a-kind, immersive museum environment perfect for the entire family. Based on the vision of Jamestown, NY native Lucille Ball for her hometown of Jamestown, NY to become a destination for comedy, the National Comedy Center showcases comedy's great minds and unique voices in ways that engage, inspire, educate and entertain. The Center’s award-winning LaughSafe program will keep everyone laughing safely, touch-free and worry-free throughout their socially-distanced experience in its expansive 37,000-square-foot museum.
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Frank K
Syracuse, NY68 contributions
The museum is just a few years old. It covers the history of comedy in America on stage, radio and later on television. $28 seems step, but you can easily spent 4+ hrs in there and "play" with all the interactive displays. There is a "blue room" downstairs, which is interesting, but really for mature audience only. The touchscreens and interactive displays were a little too complicated for some older visitors, but anyone 30 years and younger will be enjoying this very much.
Written August 5, 2022
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Bob F
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Couples
We visited Jamestown mainly to visit both the Lucy museum and the national comedy center. From the moment we walked in got our temperatures taken,given our package of touchscreen instructions and got a short tutorial on gearing our experience to our favorites we were impressed.
The staff particularly, Jeff were enthusiastic and happy to answer our questions and give suggestions on how to absorb the exhibits. There is so much to see from , letters, scripts,clothing, props, awards and do much more.
Lots of audio, touchscreen and interact exhibits that thanks to the museum’s thoughtful Covid planning, you can feel completely safe enjoying everything. We spent 3.5 hours there and could have easily spent all day there depending on how much you want to enjoy thus Mecca of comedy.
As we we’re leaving there we decided to get a 1 year pass do we could come back as it’s only about 2 hours from home. They deducted what we paid for our 1 day pass to the annual membership and it will pay for itself with only 1 more visit.
If you love comedy as we do, make it a point to visit here.
Written April 10, 2021
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bdib
Boonton, NJ202 contributions
What an excellent and unique place to visit! Spent several hours & could have stayed all day! So much to see & do with the interactive wrist bands - lots of laughs & personalized experiences. If visiting here & the Lucy/Desi museum, do not remove wrist bands, especially if you decide to see one place one day and the other the next. We enjoyed both immensely!
Written September 19, 2021
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laclaje
Rochester, NY21 contributions
Couples
A lot of museums try to incorporate technology into their exhibits but it ends up being inconvenient or not maintained well. I was really impressed with the excellent way technology was used in the exhibits here. I've been to hundreds of museums and this is the best implementation I've seen. I also loved the redundant displays, this allowed multiple people to interact with the same exhibit without crowding or waiting for exhibits too long. Everything was also clean and well maintained so it was a good value as well.
Written May 24, 2022
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Reccs
Texas88 contributions
Couples
The museum is in a run down part of Jamestown and the parking lot isn’t on the same site as the museum.

The museum itself looks nice and polished.

There are clear policies on mask usage and pens are given out for the interactive screens.

The other policies though, the staff seem to making them up as they go, dependent on what member of staff you’re interacting with.
Written May 22, 2021
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Steven B
Monroe, NJ173 contributions
Friends
This may be an out of the way place but well worth the visit. There’s plenty to see. Before entering you can set up a personal profile selecting comedians you like. The museum has interactive kiosks that will give you video clips based off your profile. Rather neat. Plenty of things to see and view here. You can easily spend more than two - three hours at this venue.
Written July 5, 2021
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mcollar
East Brady, PA386 contributions
Couples
When I told my husband that I wanted to go to The National Comedy Center he was like... oh great, another boring museum... how wrong he was!! This place is awesome!! It’s very interactive and unlike any museums we’ve visited in the past. He had a blast! They’ve taken great measures with COVID to make you feel safe. They give you a stylus, earbuds and a wristband to interact with the displays.. The technology is just amazing and makes for a great experience throughout the museum! We spent about 3 hours there and have already talked about going back because we are sure we’ve probably missed something!
Written April 25, 2021
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Lovely1836
2 contributions
Couples
We had an excellent time! We enjoyed every minute starting from the check in and ending with our individual summaries as we exited. We learned so much! Exhibits were catered to our own interests and expanded as we engaged in interactive and fun activities. We learned about comedy history, struggles, individual comedians, cartoons, the power of comedy and how it heals ... it reached every part of our brains. What an awesome and engaging way to spend a Sunday afternoon as we interacted and laughed. Inclusive! Good for all! We are going back to this hidden jewel.
Written February 16, 2020
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TouristMD
Baltimore, MD2,507 contributions
Friends
The National Comedy Center is an impressive place. The layout of the museum is very nice, and they have so many interactive exhibits. They present the different aspects of comedy in very creative ways. I loved it all. I spent a lot more time here than I had thought I would, there is so much to do. I’m pretty sure anyone would enjoy this place, there is something for everyone. I highly recommend!
Written September 12, 2020
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Pat S
Fulton, NY115 contributions
This is just a wonderful, fun filled experience that is a must go to! Lots of interactive displays and the best exhibits you can imagine. Where else would you ever be able to see Charlie Chaplin's cane? If you have ever seen him in a movie (who has not) then you have watched him twirl that cane. Save a few hours to spend as time will go quickly!
Written September 9, 2020
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