Also known as both the Lucy Desi Museum and the Lucille Ball Museum, this shrine to the stars of I Love Lucy is a must for fans of pop culture. Book tickets in advance and enjoy easy access to one of the city’s top attractions, before visiting the neighboring National Comedy Center—tickets often combine entry to the two for a convenient and comprehensive look at American comedy.
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Things to Know Before You Go
Mega fans of Lucille Ball can combine a stop at the museum with a hometown tour of wider Jamestown.
There’s an on-site gift shop.
Children under 5 enter for free, while those under 17 enter for a reduced fee.
There’s free parking available at the nearby National Comedy Center lot.
The Lucille Ball Museum is wheelchair-friendly; there’s an accessible restroom in the next building.
How to Get There
Situated in Jamestown, New York, the Lucille Ball Museum is easily accessible from surrounding states and is best reached by private vehicle. Once there, you can park for free in the National Comedy Center lot on a first-come, first-served basis. Metered street parking is also available.
When to Get There
The Lucille Ball Museum is typically open from 10am to 5pm on Monday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. The museum is always closed on Tuesday and Wednesday, with slightly reduced hours on Sunday. Visit midweek for a quieter experience and to explore the exhibits with fewer crowds.
I Love Lucy
Often considered one of the greatest sitcoms of all time, I Love Lucy ran from 1951 to 1957 and has since been syndicated around the world. It followed the exploits of Lucy Ricardo (Lucille Ball), her husband Ricky Ricardo (Desi Arnaz), and their friends Ethel and Fred Mertz (Vivian Vance and William Frawley).