Paley Center for Media

Museums, Movies and TV Beverly Hills
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Formerly the Museum of Television & Radio but now renamed after its co-founder, former CBS president William S. Paley, this Beverly Hills institution—designed by Getty Villa architect Richard Meier—boasts a permanent collection of more than 140,000 TV and radio programs. This is the place to go if you love TV. Every September, the Paley Center hosts previews of all the new fall shows, followed by panels with the creators and stars; there are similar evenings throughout the year for favorite hits like How I Met Your Mother. Even better: Call up quality recordings of historical broadcasts like FDR’s fireside chats or the Beatles’ debut on the Ed Sullivan Show. It's a feature that may seem dated, now that everything’s on YouTube, but the Paley Center’s screens and earphones have your laptop beat. Want memorabilia? Check out Daisy Duke’s actual daisy dukes!

By: Jade Chang


Venue name: Paley Center for Media
Address: 465 N Beverly Dr
Beverly Hills
Opening hours: Wed-Sun noon-5pm
Price: Suggested contribution $10; seniors $8; children (under 14) $5; students $8
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The Paley Center is right in the heart of the Beverly Hills shopping district, so it’s kind of cool that there is free admission and free 2 hour parking in one of the lots (which you wouldn’t expect in Beverly Hills). It’s a small but fun museum to explore television history (Scooby Doo, Looney Tunes, etc).

One of the best things to do if you haven’t is check out the Paley Fest TV Spring & Fall Viewing Parties. They used to be free a few years back. Now you do have to pay for tickets, but it gets you into the venue where you can enjoy free snacks (popcorn, pinkberry) and an open bar. It’s first come first serve as far as who gets to go into the screening room and watch the new tv line ups for the season and listen to the panel, but even if you get there late, there’s screens everywhere and you can still peek your head over and see the small red carpet.