NBC studio tour

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30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY, USA
NBC studio tour - Vintage TV camera
NBC studio tour - Vintage sound effects devices
NBC studio tour - NBC Studio entrance at Rockefeller Center
NBC studio tour - Heath Ledger's costume from Brokeback Mountain
NBC studio tour - Costume from the film Emma
NBC studio tour - Costume from the film Emma

NBC studio tour New York Reviews

nielssss nielssss
6 reviews
Short and boring Feb 14, 2012
The NBC studio tour consists of a video on the history of NBC and walking around the studios. If you're a true fan of some of the shows you might like it, but the entertainment value of the tour is quite low.

The studios you'll see depend on the time you go there, so it's not fixed. My tour got into the Dr Oz and SNL studios, but you're only allowed to stay high up, as if you were audience.

The last part takes about a fifth of the tour, where (only) 2 tour participants can record a piece of fake news & weather, which they can later buy for too much money. If you're not one of those two, it's boring.


Too short and boring, unless you're a fan of NBC.
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kat307 kat307
50 reviews
Irrelevant if you're not American! Sep 22, 2009
I went on the NBC Studio Tour as part of my trip. I was expecting to get to see behind the scenes or memorabilia from popular shows like 'Friends'. Overall, it was a boring experience. We started off watching a film about the history of the NBC network. As a non-US resident I have never watched the channel, only programs it exports, so I couldn't relate to anything in the short film. Afterwards we got taken to 3 different studios. Saturday Night Live, The Today Show, and Late Night With Conan O'Brien. I have heard of SNL, but never watched it. I hadn't heard of the other two or seen them. That was the whole tour! Except for one extra silly bit where two tour group people read fake news and weather. If you are not American and don't watch any of the 3 shows listed above, this will be a boring tour for you, and it costs $18.50 so I would say don't bother with it!
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alexindc alexindc
41 reviews
For fans of NBC Oct 03, 2009
We got the package that included the "top of the Rock" visit, which made for some amazing view of the city and surrounding areas. The tour itself was little over an hour, and included stops in the Late Night, SNL and Nightly News studios. It was also led by several delightfully enthusiastic pages (aka interns), who help make the entire experience worthwhile with their vast knowledge of the studio, from the common to the trivial. I would highly recommend this for fans of any of the above listed shows, and fans of NBC in general.
Andy99 Andy99
623 reviews
Visiting the NBC Studios at 30 Rock Apr 10, 2009
The RCA (now GE) Building at Rockefeller Center was built in 1933 to house the studios of the NBC broadcasting network. Originally built as radio studios, they were converted for television production in the 1950s. The NBC Studio Tour provides a “backstage” look at the network’s current TV production facilities.

Tours meet in the NBC Experience Store. As you wait, displays of artifacts such as old TV cameras and sound effects devices from radio drama and early television can be viewed. (Costumes from recent NBC Universal feature film are also on display.) As the tour began, there was an interesting film on the history of NBC radio and TV broadcasting. Then, the tour visited three working studios. (Photography is not permitted on the tour.)

Studio 3C. Home of the NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams. Adjacent to this studio is the NBC Newsroom and the operations center for MSNBC. Live broadcasts were in progress for MSNBC from Studio 3A. Studio 3C is small and we were able to walk out onto the studio floor.

Studio 6B. Location of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Previously this was the studio for the Milton Berle Show in the 1950s and The Tonight Show, first hosted by Jack Paar and then by the legendary Johnny Carson. We viewed the studio facility from the audience seating area.

Studio 8H. The studio for Saturday Night Live. Techs were working on set construction and painting for the upcoming weekend show. This was the largest studio we saw, with several side stages for skits. (Studio 8H was also the location of the NBC Symphony broadcasts under the direction Arturo Toscanini from 1939 to 1954.)

The guides explained how the studios are set up and used and described various broadcast techniques to best utilize the space constraints. Along the way, green rooms and makeup rooms could be seen. After visiting the studios, we gathered in a makeup room to see a video on makeup design for SNL live skits. At the conclusion of the tour, two tour members were asked to volunteer to act as a TV news anchor and weather forecaster in a simulated news studio. That setting was also used to demonstrate the use of Teleprompters and green-screen superimposition and to give an idea of how a news telecast is conducted.

I found the tour very interesting. I’ve seen many of the programs produced here and seeing the size of the actual space in which they are televised was a surprise.

Tickets can be purchased at the NBC Experience Store or in advance on the web. (I recommend advance purchase as daily tours sell out.) Tickets are $19.25 for adults or $24.95 in combination with the Rockefeller Center Tour.
NBC Studio entrance at Rockefeller…
Vintage sound effects devices
Vintage TV camera
Costume from the film Emma
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