JAMESTOWN, N.Y. – The National Comedy Center was recently named one of TIME’s “World’s Greatest Places”, to be featured in the publication’s Sept. 2 cover story and currently available online.
TIME obtained nominations across a variety of categories, such as museums, parks, bars, restaurants, theme parks, cruises and hotels from its editors and correspondents around the world as well as dozens of industry experts. Nominations were evaluated based on key factors, including quality, originality, innovation, sustainability and influence. The full list is available at http://time.com/greatestplaces.
“We are proud that the National Comedy Center has been selected by TIME, in a worldwide context, as a destination to experience right now,” said Journey Gunderson, National Comedy Center Executive Director. “We set out to build a cultural institution that would do justice to the incredible artists and bodies of work it celebrates, and this global distinction affirms that it does.”
This past March, the U.S. Congress designated the National Comedy Center as the United States’ official cultural institution dedicated to presenting the vital story of comedy and preserving its heritage for future generations.
Gaining popularity since its opening in 2018, the Comedy Center was selected last month by People Magazine as one of the “100 Reasons to Love America” and earlier this year it was voted by USA Today readers as the #1 museum and ticketed attraction in the country.
Condé Nast Traveler called the Comedy Center “one of the best museums in the country” and visitors from all 50 states and nine countries have given the Center a rare 5/5 rating on TripAdvisor, ranking among the highest in the attraction and tourism industry.
Featuring exclusive collections, world-class exhibits and leading-edge technology, the National Comedy Center presents a behind-the-scenes look at the time perfected creative processes which have elevated comedy entertainment to an art form.
Featuring over 50 innovative exhibits, visitors take an interactive journey through comedy history, from early vaudeville to the latest viral memes. Throughout the personalized experience, visitors gain a profound appreciation for comedy icons and innovators, as well as for the tremendous influence of humor on how we think, live and laugh.