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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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Wed 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Thu 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Fri - Sun 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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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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An afternoon to "remember"

This is an off the radar history museum and a must see if you are a television history buff. They collect videos of old TV programs and you can search them for viewing. You sit at... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 6, 2016
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Rochester Hills, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2016 via mobile

I visited here to see a video of my mom on the Steve Allen show from 60 years ago. She was young singer Pat Kirby who sang regularly with Andy Williams. They had 2 episodes. It is so wild to see your mother in action years before you were born. My friend had never been there before and can't wait... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2016

What we thought was going to be a museum on media, was nothing more than the ability to watch old film clips, movies and other yesteryear TV shows. You sit by your self or in a group up to 4 and watch a TV show, movie or news clips from the past. You do not speak to anyone in your... More 

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Rochester Hills, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2016

This is an off the radar history museum and a must see if you are a television history buff. They collect videos of old TV programs and you can search them for viewing. You sit at a computer table and comfortably watch the programs you grew up with. Very unique and I needed more time.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2016 via mobile

We found Paley Center in a list of museums in NYC. As we expected a museum, we were quite dissapointed to find just a room with computers. The database of series and historical fragments was huge, but I think you can find 90% of this on youtube. Unless you're a student doing research on something specific, this is not worth... More 

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Thank Laura V
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2016

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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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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Boca Raton, Florida
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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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Brewster, New York
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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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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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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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