Plan Your Visit

The Story of Comedy Lives Here

The National Comedy Center is the first non-profit cultural institution and national-scale visitor experience dedicated to comedy. Featuring more than 50 immersive exhibits, the Center recently announced completion of its capital budget in what is a $50 million endeavor funded by federal, state and private philanthropic support. The Center will celebrate comedy in all of its forms, educating and engendering in visitors an appreciation for the art form and its artists.
Design of the visitor experience has been provided by some of the most prominent cultural and interactive design firms in the world, whose portfolios collectively include the 9/11 Memorial Museum, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, the College Football Hall of Fame, SNL: The Experience, Universal Studios, and more.
National Comedy Center Map

Hours of Operation

The National Comedy Center is open from 10am – 5pm, Sunday through Thursday, and 10am – 9pm on Friday & Saturday. Additionally, the Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum, which is operated by the National Comedy Center, is open 10am – 5pm Monday – Saturday, and 11am – 4pm on Sunday.


Buffalo, Rochester, Or Syracuse, NY

Follow Interstate 90 west, toward Erie, PA. Exit at Exit 59, Dunkirk-Fredonia, NY and follow Route 60 south to Jamestown.


Erie, PA or Cleveland, OH

Driving from points west, follow Interstate 90 east to I-86, just a few miles past Erie, PA. Follow I-86 east to Jamestown, Exit 12.


Binghamton or Elmira, NY

Follow I-86 west to Exit 12. Follow Route 60 south (a left at the exit).


Pittsburgh, PA

Interstate 79 north from the Pittsburgh area meets Interstate 90 at Erie, PA. Follow I-90 east to I-86, just a few miles past Erie, PA. Follow I-86 to Jamestown, Exit 12. Follow Route 60 south to Jamestown (to the right off the interstate).


On street parking is metered M-F, 9am-5pm. The free parking area within the business district is limited to 2 hours per day. Parking garages are located around Jamestown and start at .75 cents per hour.

Spring St. Garage
Entrance at: 116 East 4th St
Jamestown, NY 14701

North Main St. Garage
Entrance at: 7 West 2nd St
Jamestown, NY 14701

Cherry Street Garage
Entrance at: 15 West 5th St
Jamestown, NY 14701


With bed and breakfasts, inns, resorts, vacation home rentals, cottages, campgrounds and hotels, visitors to Jamestown and Chautauqua County can stay for a night or book an extended vacation. The Chautauqua County Visitors Bureau can help you find the right place. Call 866-908-4569 or visit

Area Attractions

Chautauqua County

Chautauqua Lake, the Lake Erie Grape Region and Greater Jamestown, NY offer plenty of reasons to bring family and meet friends in Chautauqua County year-round. Experience Chautauqua Institution, Peek’n Peak Resort and Lake Erie Wine Country. With five amazing lakes and numerous waterways, no part of the Chautauqua-Lake Erie Region is more than 20 minutes from open water. An abundance of outdoor recreation opportunities from hiking, camping, fishing and skiing exist. Sit down to a farm to table feast, enjoy the performing arts and tour historical attractions. Find annual festivals, sporting events, and affordable family fun on the Chautauqua County Event Calendar. Plan your adventure today.

Chautauqua Institution
The Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum

The legacy of Lucille Ball has been proudly honored right here in Lucy’s hometown of Jamestown by the Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum since 1996. For decades, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz played a vital role in television and on the big screen, and we’re fortunate to have the privilege of preserving their memory and the impact they’ve both had on the world through all of the fun costumes and memorabilia on display, awards they were both given, photographs of both their personal and TV lives, and much more! We’re constantly swapping out exhibits for new ones, so even if you’ve visited our museum before, it’s always a new experience like the first time you visited!

Lucy Desi Museum Attraction
Jamestown, NY

As Chautauqua County’s year-round hub for culture and commerce, Jamestown offers a unique mixture of rural relaxation and urban flair. Here, laughter, knowledge and nature are equally revered, producing an environment where people and businesses can create and flourish.


203 West Second Street
Jamestown, NY 14701
(716) 484-2222
10am – 5pm, Sunday – Thursday
10am – 9pm, Friday & Saturday
See The Experience