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The NBC Studio Tour, which has been operating since 1933, gives visitors the opportunity to crash the set and walk through the very same halls that have been frequented by celebrities such as Norm MacDonald and Al Roker.
Hollywood may be where the big-screen magic happens, but New York City is a national hub of live television programming. NBC has opened its doors to give you access! Saturday Night Live, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and The Today Show: these are just a few of the nationally acclaimed television programs filmed inside NBC Studios at Rockefeller Plaza.
HoursMonday-Thursday, 8:30am-5:30pm Friday-Saturday, 8:30am-6:30pm Sunday, 9:15am-4:30pm Tours depart every 15 minutes.
ClosingsThanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. All holiday hours are subject to change without notice.
Redemption InstructionsPlease present your New York City Explorer Pass at the NBC Experience Store tour desk to make a reservation and obtain a ticket for the tour. Tour hours often extend during the holidays.
Reservation InstructionsReservations are highly recommended. This tour sells out quickly particularly during busy travel times (summer, December) In order to secure a spot prior to your arrival, please call 212-664-3700 to make a reservation. You will be asked to give your pass number(s) or order number(s) at the time you make your reservation. Due to the very limited number of available seats on the tour, the NBC Studio Tour enforces a strict policy of no refunds, no exchanges, and no rescheduling. If a tour is missed, a new ticket would need to be purchased at full price. The tours leave exactly on time and there are no exceptions for late additions. It is strongly recommended that you line up a minimum of 10 minutes before your tour. In addition, if you will be picking up your tickets at the tour desk, it is suggested that you arrive 30 minutes early in the event that there are lines at the tour desk.
NoteThis tour is very popular and often sells out in advance, particularly during busy travel times (i.e. Summer, December). We recommend you reserve your tour as soon as possible once arriving in NYC for the best chance to reserve your spot. Tours are approximately 70 minutes long. Children under the age of 6 are not permitted on this tour.
Address30 Rockefeller Plaza (W.49th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues) New York, NY 10112
Public TransportationBy Subway: B, D, F or V trains to 47-50 Streets/Rockefeller Center; N, R, or W trains to 49th Street; 1 or 9 trains to 50th Street.
On your trip to New York, stop for an NBC Studio Tour and see for yourself the place where America was brought to its knees watching Steve Martin perform his “wild and crazy guys” skit, the place where the words “Live from New York….” are broadcast across the nation every Saturday night.
After congregating in the NBC Experience Store at the GE Building in Rockefeller Plaza, an NBC page will lead you on a 70-minute walking tour that begins in the NBC Sharp HDTV Theater, where you will learn about the early radio history of NBC. You will also pay a visit to the Broadcast Operations Center, with the chance to walk through various legendary studios of NBC’s New York operations.
Make a mental note of your guide’s name, because many of these same pages have worked their way through the ranks to later become NBC superstars, such as Regis Philbin, Willard Scott, Ted Koppel, and Marcy Carsey! Later, Meredith Vieira and Matt Lauer will guide you (via video) through an in-depth history of NBC, giving inside information about the studio’s past and present.
Keep your eyes peeled as you walk…many report seeing celebrities in unexpected places along their NBC Studio Tour! Among the other high points of the tour is that several visitors will have the opportunity to read a mock weather report or newscast on a real NBC set. You will also get to check out the makeup room where stars spend hours preparing to go on set, and where those ludicrous SNL costume-changes take place!
The NBC Studio Tour departs every 15 minutes, and is a great stop for anyone who is a fan of Saturday Night Live, The Today Show, The Dr. Oz Show, The Late Show with Jimmy Fallon, NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, or any of the other programs filmed here. It’s also a fantastic way to learn about the Peacock Network, America’s first major broadcast network!
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