The Paley Center for Media (Museum of Television & Radio) is a nonprofit organization founded by William S. Paley in 1975 to collect and preserve television and radio programs and to make these programs available to the public. Since opening its doors in 1976, the Museum has expanded the collection to include more than 100,000 programs chosen for their artistic, cultural, and historical significance.
The collection covers news, drama, public affairs programs, documentaries, the performing arts, children's programming, sports, comedy, and advertising. Each year the Museum, using radio and television programs from the collection, organizes major exhibitions and screenings and listening series that focus on topics of social, historical, popular, or artistic interest.
Seminars feature in-person discussions with writers, producers, directors, actors, and others involved with landmark programming. In addition, the Museum's comprehensive education program welcomes special interest groups and students from the elementary to the university level and encourages them to become critical thinkers by interpreting and analyzing radio and television programs.
On September 12, 1991, The Museum of Television & Radio opened the William S. Paley Building at Twenty-five West Fifty-second Street in Manhattan. The New York facility, designed by Philip Johnson, was conceived with attention to the specialized needs of a museum for radio and television programming.
On March 18, 1996, The Museum of Television & Radio in Los Angeles opened the Leonard H. Goldenson Building at 465 North Beverly Drive in Beverly Hills. Designed by architect Richard Meier, this new location is equipped with facilities similiar to those in New York, and brings the Museum's collection to the West Coast community.
465 North Beverly Drive in Beverly Hills