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Paley Center for Media

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Address: 25 W 52nd St, New York City, NY 10019-6104
Phone Number:
+1 212-621-6800
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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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

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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Walked past on a wet day and thought ot looked interesting. Found a trove of old Christmas movies for free plus hot chocolate and a craft table. Auditorium was empty and smelt... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Melbourne, Australia
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Melbourne, Australia
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86 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Walked past on a wet day and thought ot looked interesting. Found a trove of old Christmas movies for free plus hot chocolate and a craft table. Auditorium was empty and smelt strange but we had a great respite from the weather and the crowds.

Thank Redrosehorse
Croydon, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2016

A useful spot to fill in an hour. Startrek displays and films not of great interest but if you like that sort of thing...

Thank John W
Panama City, Panama
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2016

You can access old time shows that are not available on the internet. Or more recent ones like all Seinfeld episodes. If you have time to relax and laugh, this is a good place to go

Thank cpousa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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 

Thank Liz M
Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles 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 

1 Thank T P
Rochester Hills, Michigan
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4 of 5 bubbles 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles 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 

1 Thank Laura V
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5 of 5 bubbles 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.

Thank XYZ123NY
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 

Thank jop2map
Boca Raton, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles 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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