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Museum of Broadcast Communications

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SNL exhibit was fun! But be warned the museum tries to nickel and dime you.

It's $20 for the primetime exhibit, $5 for the rest. The 3rd floor hosts some cool things, radio... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Nice surprise

I was expecting the history of media but got instead fun old school memorabilia that marked the... read more

Reviewed 9 December 2018
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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.
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360 N State St, Chicago, IL 60654-5411
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Reviewed 5 days ago

This place should be 2 stars, but I just can't do that to a Chicago museum, so they get 3 - YMMV. We visited with our kids while they were home from school - paid about $80 for 3 students and 2 adults, so while...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago

It's $20 for the primetime exhibit, $5 for the rest. The 3rd floor hosts some cool things, radio and TV history, some old cameras, radios, and TV sets from things like Meet the Press. I'm not from the Chicago area and some of these things...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Shawzzy
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Never in a million years would I think to visit a broadcast museum... but the Saturday Night Live exhibit brought us to the Museum of Broadcast Communications. If you are a Saturday Night Live fan or just enjoy radio and tv this place is worth...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Brian P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We payed $5 for the general admission. It was $20 dollars more if you wanted to see the SNL floor. I grew up in Chicago so I was very excited to see Cuddly Dudley from Ray Raynor and the Bozo collection. They even have son...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank wcavalli
Reviewed 12 December 2018

I must confess I visited the Museum because Saturday NIGHT LIVE was the Special Exhibit and I really wanted to see it- well worth it. That exhibit was outstanding. After, I was done with that tour I did visit the rest of the Museum, I...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 11 December 2018

I wasn't sure what to expect when I first heard of this museum since I'm not very familiar with Chicago radio/TV history but I was pleasantly surprised to find out that the museum housed a rich collection of items from all sorts of local and...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed 9 December 2018 via mobile

I was expecting the history of media but got instead fun old school memorabilia that marked the industry in some way or another. They also have quite a bit on different facettes of broadcasts such as ads, sitcom, new ,etc. When I was there they...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 30 November 2018

I had been wanting to go see the SNL exhibition. I had a ticket earlier in the fall that I couldn't use, but decided to go anyway and pay again. The admission for me was $20 and then was charged $22.05. I asked why the...More

Date of experience: November 2018
4  Thank Globalphile
Reviewed 25 November 2018 via mobile

Went for the Saturday Night Live exhibit. Paid $27 per person. Overall, it was a well done exhibit if a little traditional. Cool costumes and set pieces from famous sketches. The video pieces were nice but not dissimilar from what you can find on YouTube....More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank xerxes2004
Reviewed 10 November 2018 via mobile

It was a great time! We laughed at so many of the old sketches!! And you can sit on the Wayne’s World couch! The exhibit is set up so that you can experience the process of producing a SNL show - Monday through Saturday night!...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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28 December 2018|
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Response from GARuss | Reviewed this property |
The parking lot across the street offers discounted parking for museum-goers. It runs about $10 on weekends (fixed rate) or about $14 for three hours on weekdays.
6 June 2018|
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Response from Bdufe | Reviewed this property |
We parked in a parking garage kitty corner from the museum.
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Response from Diane K | Reviewed this property |
I would say 1 to 2 hours - depending on how in depth you spend reading each exhibit. Last weekend we attended a play at the museum relating to facts around the JFK assassination which was interesting. It is held in the... More