Learn all about the life of comedy’s most famous couple at the Lucy Desi Museum & Center for Comedy! This museum is one of the best things to do in Jamestown, NY, providing both an educational and fun experience! Walk around recreations and original sets from the show, visit the gift shop, and find out about this “legacy of laughter!”
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Visit the Lucy Desi Museum & Center for Comedy
The Lucy Desi Museum & Center for Comedy is located in Jamestown, NY, the birthplace of Lucille Ball. It’s about 25 minutes from The Spencer Hotel & Spa. The museum is open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday to Saturday, and 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday. General admission to the museum is $15.
Learn About the Lives of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz
When you first enter the museum, you’ll see panels describing the personal histories of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. The museum has collected personal stories from Lucy’s childhood friends as well as audio from Desi’s autobiography.
Tour Desilu Studios
One of the most popular areas at the museum is Desilu Studios. Inside, you’ll find recreated sets, original costumes, and exhibits dedicated to telling the history of I Love Lucy, starting with the original radio program “My Favorite Husband” that later spawned this iconic show. When you visit this area of the museum, you’ll be able to do everything from creating your version of the “Vitameatavegamin” commercial to see behind-the-scenes photos from the set of I Love Lucy.
Spend a Night in the Tropicana Room
One of the most impressive recreations is the Tropicana Room. It’s a recreation of Ricky Ricardo’s famous Manhattan nightclub and is available to rent. Superfans of the show can watch your favorite episodes of the classic television program while enjoying a meal.
Attend the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival
Every year in August, the museum hosts the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival. This four-day event features some of the most incredible talents in comedy, from iconic performers like Lewis Black to up-and-coming comics.
Stay at The Spencer Hotel & Spa
After a day spent at the Lucy Desi Museum & Center for Comedy, return to The Spencer Hotel & Spa for a relaxing night. Our gorgeous bed and breakfast combines the charm of a historic inn with the amenities of a modern hotel. You’ll love spending a night in one of our literary-themed rooms, each uniquely designed to emulate the work or life of a famous author. We are centrally located in Chautauqua; just a short walk away from the main auditoriums of the iconic Institution.
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