Growing up I always watched I love Lucy with my mom as she grew up watching it. The series aired from 1951-1957. Today, more than 70 years since the last episode aired on May 6, 1957, this amazing comedic icon named Lucille Ball is still entertaining people everyday. Thus when Gene and I were in Buffalo NY for my birthday in 2021 we had to make sure and visit the Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum in her hometown, Jamestown. I didn’t know what to expect really, but I was excited to visit, and it didn’t disappoint. We had an amazing I love Lucy experience.
With many happy memories in my mind, we made our way to Jamestown and the museum. When we arrived we parked and made our way into the gift shop (I know shocking) to purchase our tickets. They gave us a wrist band which entitled us to visit two of the three exhibits: (which are in two different buildings) The I Love Lucy Experience as well as the Incredible Lives and Careers of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. . Of course the first thing I wanted to see was the I Love Lucy Experience which was a recreation of the sound set, props, memorabilia, and such from the series. I was in heaven :). Gene kept chuckling at me when I said “Hey looks, it’s this for this or that from a particular episode, lol.
When you first walk in, the e got to see a replica living room, kitchen, and a few other things like the door to their New York apartment. They also have sections that talk about the lives of the four principle characters, Fred (William Frawley), Ethel (Vivian Vance), Ricky (Desi Arnaz), and Lucy (Lucille Ball). I also enjoyed seeing some of her dresses, costumes, and the outfits that they wore during the series. There was also a little video of some of the skits they performed. It was very funny and brought back a bunch of memories of watching the show as an adult with my friend Kerry.
Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz Museum Visitor Information
2 W 3rd St, Jamestown, NY 14701
Thursday – Saturday; Monday
10 am to 5 pm;
Sunday 11 am to 4 pm;
Closed on Tuesday & Wednesday.
Group (20+): Contact group sales office
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. Route 60 south to Jamestown (to the right off the interstate).
Binghamton or Elmira, NY
Follow I-86 west to Exit 12. Follow Route 60 south (a left at the exit).
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).
Free Parking is offered at the National Comedy Center’s parking lot located at 45 W. 2nd St. on a first come first serve basis.
There are several additional parking options available within a short walking distance of the museum. Parking Garages are located around Jamestown, $1.00/hr or $5.00/day.
On street parking is metered M-F, 9am-5pm, $0.50/hr. Meters accepted nickels, dimes, and quarters. There is a free parking zone within the business district that is limited to 2 hours.
All parking is free on weekends.
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2 thoughts on “The Lucille Ball Hometown Experience – Jamestown, New York”
I really enjoyed reading your blog today. This sounds like a wonderful museum of Lucille Ball. Thanks for sharing.
Hi Cindy, thank you so much for stopping by and for the message. I Loved the I Love Lucy show and Lucy. Was so happy to be able to go. So glad you enjoyed reading about our visit. Happy travels.