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.
Plan Your Visit
The Paley Center in New York City is located at 25 West 52 Street (between Fifth & Sixth Avenues), New York, NY 10019.
212.621.6800 for recorded general information; 212.621.6600 for all other information.
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 or R to 49 Street and Seventh Avenue; 1 to 50 Street and Broadway; B, D, F, or M to 47-50 Street/Rockefeller Center.
Mon. . . . . . . .Closed
Tue. . . . . . . . Closed
Wed . . . . . . .12:00 to 6:00 pm
Thu . . . . . . . 12:00 to 8:00 pm
Fri . . . . . . . . 12:00 to 6:00 pm
Sat . . . . . . . .12:00 to 6:00 pm
Sun. . . . . . . .12:00 to 6:00 pm
The Paley Center is closed on these holidays: New Year's Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.
Please note: The Black History Month experience will close early on these dates—February 9 at 3:00 pm; February 26 at 4:00 pm; February 27 at 3:00 pm.
The Library will close early on Friday, February 7 at 4:00 pm.
Admission to the Paley Center is FREE. Includes 1.5 hours of accessing Paley Archive in the Library. Suggested contribution: $10.00 for adults; $8.00 for students and senior citizens; $5.00 for children under fourteen; Paley Center Members FREE.
Guided tours, which include information on the Paley Center's history, collection, and current programs, are offered to the general public. Please inquire at the front desk for details.
Assistive Listening Devices
A limited number of FM assisted listening devices (headsets) is available at the Front Desk (where admission tickets are sold) for our gallery and theater. In addition, the Library has more than 1,000 television programs that are closed captioned.
Induction loops (neck loops) are also available at the Front Desk.
The Paley Center is accessible to wheelchair users for our gallery, library, and the Bennack Theater.
Approximately 1,500 titles within our collection have been closed captioned, and those may be viewed in our library. Ask the Visitor Services staff for assistance.
Please note that our events and screenings are NOT closed captioned.
The Paley Center has no lunchroom facilities, and no eating or drinking is allowed on the premises. Recording and photography are not permitted in the Paley Center.
To learn more about hosting an event at the Paley Center, please visit the Facility Use & Entertaining section.
The Paley Center is a great place to bring a group!
The Paley Center's group visits program offers private theater screenings from the collection of over 160,000 television and radio programs. We can accommodate both large and small groups and satisfy a wide variety of interests: from historic news broadcasts, insightful documentaries, and performing arts programming to the best of drama, comedy, and variety shows, classic sporting events, memorable commercials, and more!
What to Watch from Our Collection?
Pick a program from the Paley Archive.
- Alfred Hitchcock Presents
- The Simpsons
- Jim Henson & the Muppets
- The Jack Benny Program
- The famed Rat Pack in concert
- The Beatles' first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show
- Classic Stand-up Comedy on Television
- Rare I Love Lucy episodes
Plus many more!
Group Rate per person:
students and children: $3
For New York Group Visits, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 212.621.6616 to set a date or ask for more information.
Groups of 15 to 100 people are encouraged to make a reservation at least one month in advance.