The National Comedy Center is the United States’ official cultural institution and non-profit museum dedicated to presenting the vital story of comedy and preserving its heritage for future generations. Showcasing comedy’s great minds and unique voices, the museum features exclusive collections, world-class exhibits and cutting-edge interactive technology to create an immersive experience that inspires, entertains and educates visitors while filling their day with laughter.
Guests will gain a profound appreciation for comedy icons and innovators, as well as the tremendous influence of humor on how we think, live, and laugh as they navigate more than 50 deeply funny exhibits. Explore stand-up performances, movies, TV shows, radio shows, cartoons, comic strips and more to discover the great works and talented performers who have elevated comedy to an art form.
The National Comedy Center is fun for the entire family with engaging activities for kids: draw your own cartoon character, add sound effects to a comedy classic, put yourself in a movie or TV comedy, perform Comedy Karaoke, and much more. In August 2022, U.S. News & World Report named the National Comedy Center one of the “25 Top Family Weekend Getaways in the U.S.”
USA Today named the National Comedy Center the “Best New Museum in the Country,” while TIME magazine named it one of its “World’s Greatest Places” ¬– one of only “100 new and newly noteworthy destinations to experience right now” and one of only nine attractions to visit in the United States. Condé Nast Traveler called the National Comedy Center “one of the best museums in the country,” and People magazine named it one of “100 Reasons to Love America.” Comedy industry authority The Interrobang named the design team second on its list of “Innovators Who Changed Comedy.”
In 2021, the National Comedy Center was featured in The New York Times, on CBS Saturday Morning, CBS Sunday Morning and on NBC’s TODAY Show, which called it “the Smithsonian of Comedy.” The National Comedy Center has a rare 5/5 rating on Trip Advisor.
Plus, visit the Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum just three blocks away. Explore the lives, careers, and legacy of the “First Couple of Comedy” and the incredible impact they had on the world. Features rare artifacts and exact re-creations of the I Love Lucy studio sets. Dual admission to both the National Comedy Center and Lucy Desi Museum is available.
The National Comedy Center produces the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival, which takes place annually during the first weekend of August and features more than 50 live events in five days.
Please check the website for hours and admission before planning your museum visit.