The National Comedy Center is the United States’ official cultural institution and museum dedicated to the art form of comedy. The state-of-the-art museum celebrates comedy’s great minds and unique voices, from Charlie Chaplin to Dave Chappelle. Exclusive collections and world-class exhibits provide an unprecedented behind-the-scenes look at the time-honed creative processes that have elevated comedy to an art form.
More than 50 immersive exhibits take visitors on an interactive journey through comedy history, from early vaudeville acts to the latest viral memes. Visitors will leave the museum with a profound appreciation for comedy icons and innovators, as well as the tremendous influence of humor on how we think, live and laugh.
In addition to the National Comedy Center we also operate the Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum. The Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum and explore the lives, careers, and legacy of the “First Couple of Comedy,” and the incredible impact they had on the world. Experience exact re-creations of the studio sets of the most beloved TV comedy of all time — I Love Lucy— including the Ricardos’ New York City apartment and their Hollywood hotel suite. Also on display are Lucille Ball’s Emmy Awards, and original wardrobe and props from the legendary TV series.
Get a behind-the-scenes look into the creation and production of the show as well as an intimate look into the personal lives and careers of Lucy and Desi. Costumes, gowns, photographs, letters, scripts, and more are among some of the priceless artifacts on display, and you’re sure to notice something new each visit!