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“Small but full of information” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Museum of Broadcast Communications

Museum of Broadcast Communications
Ranked #145 of 631 things to do in Chicago
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Owner description: 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.
Alsip, Illinois
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68 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Small but full of information”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2013

There is more about the Hall of Fame inductees than props to look at. It was annoying that many of the screens showing the old shows were not on during my visit. I'd go back AFTER they fill in the empty spaces.

Visited October 2013
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Charlotte
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“Good, but not great”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 6, 2013

I was really looking forward to the new museum, after the old one had closed so many years ago.

For now, there is more bare space than artifacts. There are some neat artifacts there, but apparently not all of them are on display to see.

I was told that eventually, you'll be able to watch numerous classic TV shows again at the museum and online, but until computer glitches are worked out, that won't be possible. There are snippets of some shows, but just as your palette is wet, they move on to something else.

Hopefully, these issues will be fixed soon. I went in September of 2013, and I hope by next year, they'll have many classic TV shows (many from Chicago) and more exhibits. Otherwise, I won't be in a hurry to return.

Visited September 2013
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Novi, Michigan
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31 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Reasonable admission fee for a different type of museum”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 8, 2013

The MBC is a great place with some different types of exhibits that you don't get at other museums. There is a floor with old radio personalities and their pictures, along with memorabilia. There are exhibits of old TV shows, like the Bozo show. There is also a fake TV studio where you can pretend to tape the news and do the weather (extra fee for actual taping). I sat at the anchor desk and took a picture in front of the weather wall for free. When you walk in the entrance, there are Oprah's old doors from her studio. For $12 per adult, I felt it was a great value in Chicago.

Visited July 2013
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South Bend, Indiana
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“You go because of Bozo or Garfield Goose”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 16, 2013

It's not the Art Institute or even the Cultural Center. It's a little museum that was started because of someone's passion for Chicago Broadcasting. You can only judge it on that, not in comparison to other museums. The MBC has a fantastic collection of WGN materials from show like Bozo's Circus, Garfield Goose, Family Classics, and The Ray Rayner Show. You go if those shows were part of your life and I certainly left happy. The MBC is really trying to up their game and there are some very well curated displays and exhibits and my friend and I had a great trip down memory lane. Staff is super friendly and engaging. My visit to MBC was a highlight of my latest visit to Chicago. There's a door near the Fibber McGee and Molly poster. Open it!

Visited June 2013
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Lakewood, Ohio
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“Fun if you're interested in what they have”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 6, 2013

I was glad to have found a discount coupon for the admission as I think I would have been disappointed to have paid the full price. It is a great place for people interested in the history of radio and TV, especially with connections to Chicago media.
Lots of plaques on the walls to accompany photos and a few videos but, as other reviewers have mentioned, not enough actual items on display. Hopefully, as time goes by many more pieces will be added.

Visited May 2013
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