Only 95 minutes from Niagara Falls, the National Comedy Center is the United States' official cultural institution and museum dedicated to presenting the vital story of comedy and preserving its heritage for future generations. Recently named the “Best New Museum” in the country by USA Today, one of the "World's Greatest Places" by TIME magazine, and rated an outstanding 5 out of 5 on TripAdvisor, the Comedy Center offers a visitor experience filled with laughter – featuring state-of-the-art technology, interactivity and personalization to create a one-of-a-kind, immersive museum environment perfect for the entire family.
The National Comedy Center’s award-winning LaughSafe program will keep everyone laughing safely, touch-free and worry-free throughout their visit. Enjoy a fun, socially-distanced experience in our expansive 37,000-square-foot museum space.
Based on the vision of Jamestown, NY native Lucille Ball for her hometown of Jamestown, NY to become a destination for comedy, the National Comedy Center showcases comedy's great minds and unique voices in ways that engage, inspire, educate and entertain. Featuring exclusive collections, world-class exhibits and cutting-edge technology, the Comedy Center presents an unprecedented, behind-the-scenes look at the time-honed creative processes that have elevated comedy entertainment to an art form. Over 50 immersive exhibits enable visitors to take an interactive journey through comedy history, from early vaudeville to the latest viral memes.
The National Comedy Center also operates the Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum, which explores the lives, careers and legacy of the "First Couple of Comedy," and the incredible impact they had on the world.