The Paley Center for Media

Museums, History Midtown West
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The Paley Center for Media
This nirvana for boob-tube addicts and pop-culture junkies contains an archive of more than 160,000 radio and TV programs. Head to the fourth-floor library to search the computerized system for your favorite Star Trek or I Love Lucy episode, then walk down one flight to take a seat at your assigned console. (The radio listening room operates the same way.) There are screenings of modern cartoons, as well as public seminars and special presentations.


Venue name: The Paley Center for Media
Address: 25 W 52nd St
New York
Cross street: between Fifth and Sixth Aves
Opening hours: Wed, Fri–Sun noon–6pm; Thu noon–8pm
Transport: Subway: B, D, F to 47–50th Sts–Rockefeller Ctr; E, M to Fifth Ave–53rd St
Price: $10, seniors and students $8, children under 14 $5
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Chloe W

I've been here for a few different events and screenings, and I always enjoy the experience. Whether you're trying to attend Paleyfest or just watch a vintage TV episode, the Paley Center has a near perfect screening room (and you can't discount the immense library - especially if you're a Doctor Who fan).  When you're visiting, keep in mind that the majority of time you spend here will be watching content, so it's not great for a social visit with a large group of people.  If you want to dedicate your afternoon to watching The Beatles' first live TV appearance or watch old Olympic Game footage, this is your kind of place.