The National Comedy Center, an interactive and immersive museum experience with over 50 exhibits celebrating comedy, will open its doors in Jamestown, NY in August 2018. The Grand Opening will take place August 1st through the 5th coinciding with the organization’s annual Lucille Ball Comedy Festival, in Jamestown, NY. The new 37,000 square foot, $50 million facility tells the story of comedy from its origins through the present, with more than 50 immersive, interactive exhibits.

The center includes interactive experiences and unique comedy archive like George Carlin's personal archives that provide a glimpse into one of comedy's most prolific minds, a hologram theater that presents performances of some of comedy’s most notable figures, and experiences that allow visitors to step into the shoes of comedic artists. Additionally, the National Comedy Center will feature rare artifacts from some of comedy’s most notable names and bodies of work.

"We are thrilled to announce the opening of this amazing project which was conceptualized and launched more than seven years ago by a group of dedicated and hard-working individuals who have worked tirelessly to make this dream a reality,” said Tom Benson, project chairman. “The National Comedy Center will take guests on a journey through all aspects and eras of the art form. It is the repository that has never existed that will respectfully celebrate comedy in a fun and unique way for generations to come. We sincerely thank all of our funding partners who have provided the support to make this happen.”