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Museum of Broadcast Communications

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Address: 360 N State St, Chicago, IL 60654-5411
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The Museum of Broadcast Communications (MBC) is one of only three broadcast...

The Museum of Broadcast Communications (MBC) is one of only three broadcast museums in America and home to the nation’s only Radio Hall of Fame. The Museum will re-open in its new 70,000-square-foot facility on State and Kinzie Streets in 2006.

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Worth checking out if you have Chicago roots- for others, might be interesting

One floor is a lot of old radios and then photos of all the Radio Hall of Fame members. Just enough artifacts in display cases to make it worth while. The other floor is TV items... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Brookfield, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

One floor is a lot of old radios and then photos of all the Radio Hall of Fame members. Just enough artifacts in display cases to make it worth while. The other floor is TV items laid out in the same way. If you grew up on Chicago TV (Bozo, Gigglesnort, Cuddly Dudley, and Svengoolie ) then this floor will... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was hoping for more. My son and I had some time to kill and we thought this might be fun but it was really a poor attempt to capture the great history of radio and television. I suppose if you were a native of Chicago this might be more relevant, with the local shows featured prominently. But the rest... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Such fun looking at all the old radio and TV memorabilia. The fact that we recalled so much of it gives away our age but I think younger people would also enjoy learning the history of mediums they now take for granted. The Hall of Famr eas also very interesting. It's worth the price of admission and it's conveniently located.

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Chicago, Illinois
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2017

If you are old enough this museum provides many memories from radio and television. There are lots of pictures of famous personalities, a good Johnny Carson exhibit and one about the Nixon Kennedy debates. Seems a bit expensive for what it contains but it is convenient, walking distance from Trump Tower and Marina Towers.

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Bloomington, Minnesota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2017

Visited this museum on a recent trip with friends to the Windy City. One of our group was a radio geek, and his wife had suggested this as a fun, afternoon diversion. The exhibit currently showing was related to producing the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. The 3rd floor of the museum was devoted entirely to Television and a large... More 

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Champaign, Illinois
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016 via mobile

My degree and former career was in broadcasting, so I enjoyed aspects of this museum. The radio room could have been better and more interactive. There was a broken sheet of glass or plexiglass on the floor. But it would be a fun room for kids. My 20+ daughter liked to sit at tv screens to watch tv from the... More 

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Dublin, Ohio
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

This is an interesting museum to visit with its regular exhibits. But it really, in my opinion, appeals to those of us who are born about the middle of last century when television was in its infancy. What brought us to the museum today was the Johnny Carson exhibit. It was OK. But we were kind of disappointed in it... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016 via mobile

This museum is fabulous, and being based on the city that practically invented most radio and TV innovations over the last 60 years , you have to go. It isn't at all technical, but more a walk through how from the basic start of radio to the latest YouTube channels. Fabulous exhibition of the johnny Carson show as well as... More 

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Chicago, IL
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

Passed by the building and decided to take a look. I spent an hour reading, listening and learning about the history of broadcasting from its inception until today. Was able to relive my childhood through local children's television as well as important events that happened in our world. You can spend as little time and as much time as you... More 

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Chicago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2016

We went to the museum specifically for the Johnny Carson exhibit. It was small, but very enjoyable. Seeing pictures of young Johnny Carson and the actual cue cards were cool to see. I definitely enjoyed the rest of the museum.....especially reading about various radio personalities! It's a small museum that is definitely worth the visit, however because it's fairly small,... More 

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