Museum of Broadcast Communications – Chicago, Illinois

Located in the River North district of Chicago, the Museum of Broadcast Communications (MBC) preserves the history of radio, television, and digital communications.

Founded in 1982 and opened to the public in 1987, MBC explores the history of broadcast media and its impact on life and culture. The permanent collection includes a retrospective of broadcast technology, set pieces, promotional materials, and other objects showcasing the influence of broadcast media. Recent exhibitions include an exploration of 100 years of radio broadcasting, the history of broadcasted presidential debates, and a gallery dedicated to Chicago’s broadcasting history. The museum is also home to the Radio Hall of Fame.

Collection archives and educational resources are available online and accessible at no cost.

The museum is open on select days. Tickets can be purchased in advance through the museum’s website.

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