The Museum of Broadcast Communications in collaboration with Universal Brand Development, Saturday Night Live, Broadway Video Enterprises and Premier Exhibitions Inc. announced today that it will bring Chicagoans behind the scenes of America’s most iconic, comedic television show with Saturday Night Live: The Experience. Opening Oct. 21, 2017, this 12,000 square foot experience is designed to chronicle the history of NBC’s iconic franchise while taking visitors through its notoriously hectic weekly schedule. Ten immersive galleries bring visitors into the office of executive producer Lorne Michaels, the writers room, control room and more, highlighted
by more than 500 authentic artifacts, including iconic costumes, original sets, props and scripts. The experience concludes with a full-scale replica recreation of SNL’s longtime home in New York,
Studio 8H in Rockefeller Center.
“We are thrilled to have the Museum of Broadcast Communications chosen as the next home of Saturday Night Live: The Experience,” said Larry Wert, Chairman of the Museum of Broadcast Communications. “It is a perfect fit for Chicago since countless actors and writers cut their comedic chops here before being discovered by SNL, and we are going to have a lot of fun with this. Saturday Night Live has never been hotter and we are excited to add this to the historic significance of the museum.”
Following the debut success in New York City, Chicago will mark the second stop of the national tour of Saturday Night Live: The Experience. Ahead of its Oct. 21 opening, here’s a sample of what visitors to Museum of Broadcast Communications will see…
● Begin your immersive journey through SNL history in creator and executive producer Lorne
Michaels’ office. As you proceed through a priceless and unique collection of sets, props, video,
photographs and multimedia presentations, you quickly realize that you’re seeing the history of the
show unfold in parallel with the creative process for writing and performing an episode of the
● The experience will highlight Chicago’s connection to Saturday Night Live with sets and costumes
such as: the Wayne’s World set, Bill Murray’s lounge singer jacket, Matt Foley’s suit, the Killer
Bees’ costume and Gilda Radner’s shoes.
● Coneheads? Check. Land shark? Check. King Tut costume? Goat Boy prosthetics? Church Lady
costume? Mister Robinson’s cardigan sweater? Check, check, check and check.
● There are unique show props such as Dan Aykroyd’s Bass-o-Matic blender, Tina Fey’s Brownie
Husband, and Justin Timberlake’s Dick in a Box.
● There are full-scale sets that include the Celebrity Jeopardy game set, the Church Lady set,
Update desk and the show’s iconic main stage.
The recently completed 42nd season of NBC’s Saturday Night Live was the show’s most watched in 23 years, with the average of 11.1 million viewers for original episodes. A late-night franchise like no other, Saturday Night Live has received a total of 240 Emmy Award nominations – the most of any other show in the history of television.
The highly anticipated 43rd season begins Sept. 30 with guest host Ryan Gosling and musical guest
Saturday Night Live: The Experience is produced by Premier Exhibitions Inc., the foremost presenter of quality exhibitions throughout the world, including Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition, Tutankhamun: and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs, BODIES…The Exhibition, Extreme Dinosaurs and more.
“We are thrilled to partner with the Museum of Broadcast Communications to connect visitors with
the backstory of the show and offer them the opportunity to relive the most laughable moments and
sketches,” said Mark Lach, Creative Director of Premier Exhibitions. “Saturday Night Live: The
Experience goes even further to give people a sense of what it’s like to be part of the creative
team, and the frenetic schedule and pace involved with each weekly episode. It can look so
effortless on TV, but this exhibition illustrates that a lot of hard work and preparation
undoubtedly goes into each and every laugh.”
Throughout the exhibition run, ticketed special events such as “Conversations in Comedy” will bring
writers, set and costume designers to speak about their experiences on Saturday Night Live.
Conagra Brands is the presenting sponsor of Saturday Night Live: The Experience. “We’re proud to
Museum of Broadcast Communications in bringing Saturday Night Live: The Experience to the people of
Chicago,” said Robert Rizzo, senior director, community investment, Conagra Brands. “Our
partnership with the Museum will provide visitors an innovative look at one of the most iconic
entertainment platforms of all- time. SNL has deep roots in our hometown city, and we look forward
to saying, ‘Live from Chicago, it’s Saturday Night Live: The Experience!’”
Hilton Chicago, Palmer House – a Hilton Hotel and The Drake – a Hilton Hotel are the official hotel
partners of Saturday Night Live: The Experience and are planning exclusive, interactive SNL-themed
packages, offerings and installations for guests.
Additional partners include Chicago-based companies: Blue Plate Catering, Cinespace, Custom
Companies and Fresh Wave.
The Museum of Broadcast Communications is located at 360 N. State Street at the corner of State and
Tickets: (On sale Friday, September 8, 2017)
Adults – $25 Seniors – $20
Teen/Student (with College ID) – $20 Children under 12 are free.
Tuesday to Saturday – 10AM to 5PM Wednesday – 10AM to 8PM
Sunday – 12PM to 5PM Monday – Closed
Please visit www.snltheexperience.com for more information and to purchase tickets.