The Paley Center for Media AKA The Museum for Television and Radio was founded in 1975 and a really cool place to visit.
Located on the corner of Santa Monica Blvd and Beverly Drive, the white marble/glass venue is open from Wednesday to Sunday, 12PM to 5PM. They are closed on Monday, Tuesday, and major holidays. Parking is free for 2 hours using the Paley Center underground parking on Santa Monica Blvd. Afterwards, the fee is $1 for each 30 minutes. Admission is free
Paley Center for Media is committed to the idea that many television and radio programs are significant works and should be preserved for posterity’s sake. Instead of collecting artifacts and memorabilia, the Paley Center comprises mostly screening rooms, including two full-sized theaters. More than 120,000 television shows, commercials and radio programs are available in the Paley Center’s library, and during each visit, viewers can select and watch shows at individual consoles, and radio programs are accessed through these same consoles.
Some television programs are from the 1940s with radio programs dating back to the 1920s. The earliest TV program in the Museum’s collection is a silent film of NBC’s 1939 production of Dion Boucicault‘s melodrama The Streets of New York (1857), with Norman Lloyd, George Coulouris and Jennifer Jones.
This is a great way to spend a lazy day and watch old shows in their entirety. I particularly love this because the shows include the original commercial programming, giving you an authentic look into the fashions and mind states of everyone at that time. I took some time to watch some I Love Lucy, but then found myself loving the commercials even more. I also watched some old Saturday Night Live, then again, was loving the commercials!
I do suggest trying to think of the long lost shows of the past that you would want to see because when I got there with no plan, I was at a loss and couldn’t think of anything . I also suggest to check the event calendar because they are always having shows and events that are very interesting and include some screenings with commentary.
The Paley Center for Media
465 N Beverly Dr Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 786-1091 Wed-Sun 12 pm – 5 pm
If you go, please share your experiences here!!