The National Comedy Center is the United States’ official cultural institution and museum dedicated to presenting the vital story of comedy and preserving its heritage for future generations. Recently named by TIME magazine as one of its “World’s Greatest Places,” by PEOPLE magazine as one of “100 Reasons to Love America” and voted by USA Today readers as a “Best New Attraction,” the National Comedy Center offers an unprecedented visitor experience using state-of-the-art technology, interactivity and personalization to create the first true 21st Century museum environment.
Conde Nast Traveler called the National Comedy Center “One of the best museums in the country” and visitors give it a 5 out of 5 rating on TripAdvisor.
Based on the vision of Jamestown native Lucille Ball for her hometown of Jamestown, NY to become a destination for comedy, the National Comedy Center showcases comedy’s great minds and unique voices in ways that engage, inspire, educate and entertain. Over 50 immersive exhibits with the 37,000-square-foot facility enable visitors to take an interactive journey through comedy history, from early vaudeville to the latest viral memes.
The National Comedy Center operates the Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum, which explores the lives, careers and legacy of the “First Couple of Comedy,” and the incredible impact they had on the world, and presents the behind-the-scenes story of the making of the greatest TV comedy of all time, “I Love Lucy.”