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National Comedy Center

Opened in 2018, The National Comedy Center is dedicated to presenting the significant history of comedy and is designated by the U.S. Congress as the United States’ official cultural institution and museum.

1-716-484-2222
203 W. Second St.
Jamestown, NY 14701
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Opened in 2018, The National Comedy Center is dedicated to presenting and preserving the significant history of comedy. Based on the vision of Jamestown native Lucille Ball for her hometown to become a destination for comedy, the nonprofit cultural institution’s museum celebrates comedy’s great minds and unique voices from Charlie Chaplin to George Carlin to Dave Chappelle. It was formally designated by the U.S. Congress in 2019 as the United States’ official cultural institution and museum.


Commended to be one of the Best Commedy Centers in the Nation, the 37,000-square-foot facility offers more than 50 immersive exhibits that take visitors on an interactive journey through comedy history, from early vaudeville acts to the latest viral memes using state-of-the-art technology, interactivity and personalization. In other words, in addition to being exposed to commedy of all genres, a customized-journey awaits each visitor who can share in the comedy that most appeals to them.

 
The National Comedy Center also operates the Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum in Jamestown, and presents the annual Lucille Ball Comedy Festival every August which features more than 50 events and 30 performers throughout its weekend celebration.
 
 
The center has been named by TIME as one of its "World's Greatest Places"; by PEOPLE as one of "100 Reasons to Love America"; and voted by USA Today readers as a "Best New Attraction."
 
 
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