Visit Paley

At the Paley Center, you can participate in Paley programs that explore and celebrate the creativity, the innovations, the personalities, and the leaders who are shaping media.

You can also access the Paley Center’s permanent media collection, which contains over 160,000 programs covering more than 100 years of television and radio history, including news, public affairs programs and documentaries, performing arts programs, children's programming, sports, comedy and variety shows, and commercial advertising. Programming from over 70 countries is represented in the collection. In our library you choose a program from the Paley Archive. Then you can watch or listen to it individually, or with up to four people. You can also drop in to a screening in one of our theaters.

Address

25 West 52 Street, New York, NY 10019

Telephone 

212.621.6800 for recorded information on scheduled activities; 212.621.6600 for all other information.

Directions

By bus—Southbound on Fifth Avenue, Broadway, and Seventh Avenue; northbound on Madison Avenue and Avenue of the Americas (Sixth Avenue).

By subway—E or M to Fifth Avenue and 53 Street; N, R, or W to 49 Street and Seventh Avenue; 1 to 50 Street and Broadway; B, D, F, or M to 47-50 Street/Rockefeller Center. See a map of the area.

Hours

The Paley Center is open 12:00 to 6:00 pm ET, Wednesdays to Sundays. We are closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

The Paley Center is closed on these holidays: New Year's Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.

Admission

Paley Admission $20
($16 for Students, Teachers, Seniors, First Responders, Veterans​; Free for children under 12.)
Become a Paley Member on the day of your visit for additional perks and benefits, and we will apply the admission cost to your Membership fee!

Guided Tours

Guided tours, which include information on the Paley Center's history, collection, and current programs, are offered to the general public as a group tour. Please inquire at the front desk or email GroupVisitsNY@paleycenter.org for details.

Notes 

For your convenience, all public areas of the Paley Center are wheelchair accessible; assisted listening devices are available at the Front Desk. In addition, the Library has more than 1,000 television programs that are closed captioned. If you have additional needs, please contact Guest Services.

The Paley Center has no lunchroom facilities, and no eating or drinking is allowed on the premises. Recording and photography of the Paley Archive are not permitted in the Paley Center. 

Membership 

You will get the most from the Paley Center—on both coasts—by becoming a Member.

 

Visitor Policy and Procedures

The health and safety of visitors and staff is a top priority. Our visitor safety guidelines continue to change as new rules are announced.

General Admission and Advance Timed-Entry

  • Advance purchase of timed-entry tickets is recommended for all tickets including Member tickets, as overall capacity is reduced. However, walk-ups are welcome on a first-come, first-served basis and pending availability.

Proof of Vaccination

  • To maintain the health and safety of our community, all visitors ages 5 and over must show proof of at least two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine to enter the museum, except for those who received the single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

  • Proof of vaccination may include a hard copy or photo of an official vaccination card, the NYC COVID Safe app, or the New York State Excelsior app.

  • Visitors 18 and older must also show identification to gain entry. Acceptable forms of identification include driver’s license, non-driver government ID card, passport, or school ID card.

Health and Safety Requirements for Visitors

  • We ask that visitors refrain from visiting if they are feeling unwell, have tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 5 days, or have symptoms of COVID-19, including a fever. If any of these apply to a visitor, a refund will be issued for their ticket.
  • Face masks that fully cover a visitor’s nose and mouth are required for all visitors (ages 2 and over) throughout their visit. Masks can be lowered briefly when eating or taking pictures. The CDC does not recommend bandanas, neck gaiters, and face coverings with valves, mesh, or holes for protection from COVID-19.
  • Where possible, visitors should try to maintain social distancing with others outside of their party.
  • For experiences that require touch or shared surfaces, such as video games, we ask that visitors clean their hands first using hand sanitizer stations available nearby.

 Health and Safety Measures Taken by the Paley Center

  • All museum staff are required to wear N95, KN95, or KF94 masks and have been trained to minimize contact.
  • Hands-free sanitizer stations have been added throughout the facility to encourage proper hand hygiene.
  • Physical barriers, e.g. plexiglass screens, have been installed at the admissions desk.
  • Enhanced cleaning and disinfecting procedures have been implemented.
  • Touchless equipment including faucets, toilets, and soap dispensers have been installed in all of the restrooms.
  • All air systems have been improved in order to allow maximum fresh air intake and air changes and filter replacements have increased in frequency.
  • The Paley Center has taken the Stay Well NYC pledge. For more information, visit the NYC Stay Well Pledge site.