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When you are in New York City, and have a hankering to see an old TV show from your youth, go to this place- it looks like a bank on the outside but the inside is full of TV treasures.

There's a Mac computer for you to search the database for the television or radio program you want to see. There is always a Visitor Services staff person available to assist you. When you find a program you want, you reserve it and then go to a console room, where you watch or listen to the program at a monitor with headphones.

The Ralph Guild Radio Listening Room is on the fifth floor. The museum has 5 preprogrammed listening series, and this is a unique way for visitors to experience the radio collection. The Museum also offers live and taped radio broadcasts throughout the year, where stations from across the country come to the Ralph Guild Radio Studio to broadcast their shows. These events are usually open to the public.

The museum has a series that plays concurrently at the New York and Los Angeles Museums. If you miss the date when something is showing, the programs are always available at an individual console.

The Museum has more than 100,000 hours of television and radio programming in the permanent collection. However, there are many significant broadcasts for which no copies are known to exist.
In the spring of 1996, the Museum joined forces with Nick at Nite to launch a campaign to heighten awareness of the need to preserve television programming.

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When you are in New York City, and have a hankering to see an old TV show from your youth, go to this place- it looks like a bank on the outside but the inside is full of TV treasures.

There's a Mac computer for you to search the database for the television or radio program you want to see. There is always a Visitor Services staff person available to assist you. When you find a program you want, you reserve it and then go to a console room, where you watch or listen to the program at a monitor with headphones.

The Ralph Guild Radio Listening Room is on the fifth floor. The museum has 5 preprogrammed listening series, and this is a unique way for visitors to experience the radio collection. The Museum also offers live and taped radio broadcasts throughout the year, where stations from across the country come to the Ralph Guild Radio Studio to broadcast their shows. These events are usually open to the public.

The museum has a series that plays concurrently at the New York and Los Angeles Museums. If you miss the date when something is showing, the programs are always available at an individual console.

The Museum has more than 100,000 hours of television and radio programming in the permanent collection. However, there are many significant broadcasts for which no copies are known to exist.
In the spring of 1996, the Museum joined forces with Nick at Nite to launch a campaign to heighten awareness of the need to preserve television programming.

Pros: great collection of TV shows and films

Cons: stuffy; designed for the researcher

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You get to choose an hour of programming from their archives to view. They have an extensive list of shows in their archives (we chose a collection of old commercials and an episode of Salute your Shorts, next time we're going to plan ahead). They also have a buttload of screenings during the day, like Mr. Bean and Great Women of Comedy (which we saw, very funny.) Their screenings change depending on the season and whatnot, so check ahead. Overall, a good half-day museum.

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You get to choose an hour of programming from their archives to view. They have an extensive list of shows in their archives (we chose a collection of old commercials and an episode of Salute your Shorts, next time we're going to plan ahead). They also have a buttload of screenings during the day, like Mr. Bean and Great Women of Comedy (which we saw, very funny.) Their screenings change depending on the season and whatnot, so check ahead. Overall, a good half-day museum.

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The Museum of Television & Radio is a relatively under publicized location in New York City that has a lot of cool things to check out. You can spend the whole day there, and certainly an afternoon. There are exhibits that change and are often very interested, as well as movie exhibits where you can sit and watch movies. Probably the most fun for me was the observation section where you can take out movies and watch them in the carrels. Here you can find clips from old TV shows and interviews with actors, producers and directors. It is a really cool experience.

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The Museum of Television & Radio is a relatively under publicized location in New York City that has a lot of cool things to check out. You can spend the whole day there, and certainly an afternoon. There are exhibits that change and are often very interested, as well as movie exhibits where you can sit and watch movies. Probably the most fun for me was the observation section where you can take out movies and watch them in the carrels. Here you can find clips from old TV shows and interviews with actors, producers and directors. It is a really cool experience.

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Just when you think they can't make one more inane musuem based on something stupid along comes the museum of television. So imagine my surprise when I go over and find out this museum is not half bad. They have showings of classic tv shows. A giant library of tv shows past. They even do events. The admission is not too pricey.

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Just when you think they can't make one more inane musuem based on something stupid along comes the museum of television. So imagine my surprise when I go over and find out this museum is not half bad. They have showings of classic tv shows. A giant library of tv shows past. They even do events. The admission is not too pricey.

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I spent a good part of my four college years in the Museum of Television and Radio. This place was my classroom, and I've gone back many times since I graduated.

The museum part itself is nice, but it's not the main attraction of the place. The main attraction of the place is its comprehensive and absolutely amazing library that holds thousands of radio and tv shows from the beginning of the medium right up to modern times.

You can't take the materials home with you, which is probably a good thing though a bit inconvenient: it ensures that the legacy remains intact. Besides, watching or listening to the materials at the museum is a comfortable experience: everybody gets a booth (though sometimes you have to wait for one to open up), the attendant plugs in the show you requested (you never touch the tapes yourself), and you have full control of rewinding and forwarding the show as much as you want.

PROS: Amazing library of tv and radio shows, comfortable screening booths
CONS: Can't take materials out

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I spent a good part of my four college years in the Museum of Television and Radio. This place was my classroom, and I've gone back many times since I graduated.

The museum part itself is nice, but it's not the main attraction of the place. The main attraction of the place is its comprehensive and absolutely amazing library that holds thousands of radio and tv shows from the beginning of the medium right up to modern times.

You can't take the materials home with you, which is probably a good thing though a bit inconvenient: it ensures that the legacy remains intact. Besides, watching or listening to the materials at the museum is a comfortable experience: everybody gets a booth (though sometimes you have to wait for one to open up), the attendant plugs in the show you requested (you never touch the tapes yourself), and you have full control of rewinding and forwarding the show as much as you want.

PROS: Amazing library of tv and radio shows, comfortable screening booths
CONS: Can't take materials out

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The Museum of Television & Radio Gift Shop is a fun place to shop. Located in the Museum , which by the way is a great place to visit also, the gift shop has an interesting selection of books, DVDs and tapes containing some of the best that television and radio has to offer. Enjoy the Museum and then enjoy shopping afterwards.

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The Museum of Television & Radio Gift Shop is a fun place to shop. Located in the Museum , which by the way is a great place to visit also, the gift shop has an interesting selection of books, DVDs and tapes containing some of the best that television and radio has to offer. Enjoy the Museum and then enjoy shopping afterwards.

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I love this museum..Where else can you watch the best of shows you loved as a kid and at the same time share them with your kids.

They have a library of 50,000 tapes to choose from and you can select what you want to watch or listen to in one of the nearly 100 booths available to you.

Everything from I Love Lucy to old classic westerns are all at your disposal..

Open every day of the year except New Years, Thanksgiving, July 4th and Christmas...Don't miss this one if you get the chance

PROS: A must see for any Radio or TV fan
CONS: None

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I love this museum..Where else can you watch the best of shows you loved as a kid and at the same time share them with your kids.

They have a library of 50,000 tapes to choose from and you can select what you want to watch or listen to in one of the nearly 100 booths available to you.

Everything from I Love Lucy to old classic westerns are all at your disposal..

Open every day of the year except New Years, Thanksgiving, July 4th and Christmas...Don't miss this one if you get the chance

PROS: A must see for any Radio or TV fan
CONS: None

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The premier Museum for fans of television and radio history. The displays are great and the best part is they have thousands of old shows on file which you can view in little private booths.

PROS: Lots of Fun
CONS: Zero a good place

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The premier Museum for fans of television and radio history. The displays are great and the best part is they have thousands of old shows on file which you can view in little private booths.

PROS: Lots of Fun
CONS: Zero a good place

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The Museum of Television and Radio is a well kept secret in NYC. It's not nearly as well known as some other NYC museums, like the Natural History or the Guggenheim. But what it lacks in status it makes up for in charm. You can view some of your favorite childhood programs here. The staff is very well versed in their knowledge of tv and radio so ask away with any questions you've got. Also, take a flyer for their upcoming seminars - you may have a chance to rub shoulders with some stars. A few years back the cast of Picket Fences took part in a seminar here and it was so much fun. Do not hesitate to spend an afternoon here - you'll be glad you did!

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The Museum of Television and Radio is a well kept secret in NYC. It's not nearly as well known as some other NYC museums, like the Natural History or the Guggenheim. But what it lacks in status it makes up for in charm. You can view some of your favorite childhood programs here. The staff is very well versed in their knowledge of tv and radio so ask away with any questions you've got. Also, take a flyer for their upcoming seminars - you may have a chance to rub shoulders with some stars. A few years back the cast of Picket Fences took part in a seminar here and it was so much fun. Do not hesitate to spend an afternoon here - you'll be glad you did!

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This a great hidden find in midtown. I often go there for special events -- recently a tribut to Rod Sterling and the Ed Sullivan Show.

The museum is rarely crowded and the staff is very helpful.

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This a great hidden find in midtown. I often go there for special events -- recently a tribut to Rod Sterling and the Ed Sullivan Show.

The museum is rarely crowded and the staff is very helpful.

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This is one of the best museums in New York, regardless of what anyone wants to say about the Guggenheim or the Natural History Museum ... whenever there's a TV show or radio program I've been reminiscing about, I can go to the museum's reference library and watch it again -- even commercials. They also have some good lectures, often with celebrity-heavy panels and discussion groups. This is a museum you can go to and watch a group of people debate the historical significance of "The Jeffersons"! It's fabulous. Good gift shop, too.

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This is one of the best museums in New York, regardless of what anyone wants to say about the Guggenheim or the Natural History Museum ... whenever there's a TV show or radio program I've been reminiscing about, I can go to the museum's reference library and watch it again -- even commercials. They also have some good lectures, often with celebrity-heavy panels and discussion groups. This is a museum you can go to and watch a group of people debate the historical significance of "The Jeffersons"! It's fabulous. Good gift shop, too.

 

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