Mission & History


  • 1975

  • An organization is founded by William S. Paley to collect, preserve, and interpret television and radio programming and to make these programs available to the public. Mr. Paley serves as its first chairman.
  • November 9, 1976

  • The Museum of Broadcasting opens to the public on three floors of a converted office building at 1 East 53 Street in New York City, with 718 publicly available broadcasts in the collection. It is the first public institution to offer this history of broadcasting to the general public.
  • February 6, 1991

  • Frank A. Bennack, Jr. is appointed chairman of the board of trustees.
  • March 26, 1991

  • The Museum's board of trustees renames the institution The Museum of Television & Radio (MTR) to more accurately reflect the addition of programs beyond those broadcast to those transmitted by cable and satellite.
  • September 12, 1991

  • The Museum moves into the William S. Paley Building (located at 25 West 52 Street, New York City), named after its founder and designed by architect Philip Johnson.
  • September 17 to 19, 1995

  • MTR hosts the first International Council in Rome, an unprecedented gathering of the world's media leaders.
  • March 18, 1996

  • MTR in Los Angeles opens to the public. Both locations house identical collections of television and radio programming, making the resources and programs available to the public and creative community in both cities. Named the Leonard H. Goldenson Building, the Los Angeles Museum was designed by architect Richard Meier.
  • September 2002

  • MTR launches the Media Center (now Media Council), a membership organization that brings together senior media executives for off-the-record discussions of critical issues impacting all aspects of media.
  • June 5, 2007

  • MTR is renamed The Paley Center for Media to better reflect the institution's evolution to a center that illuminates the immense and growing impact of media on our lives, culture, and society.

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