Preserving History & Protecting the Environment
The only museum dedicated to broadcast history in the nation and home to America's only National Radio Hall of Fame, the 62,000-square-foot MBC will be located at State and Kinzie Streets, right next door to Harry Caray‘s Restaurant and the House of Blues Hotel.
The new MBC will be a model energy-efficient museum and will provide five times as much space as the location in the Chicago Cultural Center, which closed in December 2003 in order for staff to focus on planning the new home.
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The facility will allow the Museum to: serve a wide range of audiences; expand its collections; and increase exhibit and programming space.
On-site features will include:
* A two-story, glass-and-steel lobby atrium, a cafe, and a gift shop;
* Over 15,000 square feet devoted to the exhibition of television and radio history;
* State-of-the-art television and radio studios for hands-on experiences;
* A media-equipped center for orientation and teaching;
* A 12,000-square-foot space for the Museum‘s public programs, screenings, and lectures.
The expanded facility will enable the Museum to accommodate an increased number of school groups and extend its educational outreach. The new facility will provide a range of educational spaces that are critical to the Museum‘s mission.