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DMOZ - Links to museum and TV history sites on the web. See also Yahoo Directory.

  • Academy of TV Arts & Sciences - The official website to the Academy of TV Arts & Sciences Web Site. It features the Primetime Emmy Awards and TV Hall of Fame.

  • Advertising Icon Museum - Online since May 20th, 1996, this museum of advertising icons has more than 650 images of advertising dolls and artifacts (Jolly Green Giant, Tony the Tiger, California Raisins, etc). In addition, there are nearly 700 individual documents within the site. Visitors can either take a leisurely browse through the museum, visiting each wall of exhibits as if in the real Museum, or the option of quickly locating a toy using an online search engine is available. The Toy Index search engine helps you find any of the hundreds of advertising artifacts item in the database

  • British Film Institute - The BFI National Library provides access to a large collection of documentation and information on film and television. As a major national research collection, the main priority is to provide comprehensive coverage of British film and television, but the collection itself is international in scope.

  • Cars of the Stars  - The online portal to the world famous museum of vehicles from film and television. Opened to the public in May 1989, the museum features such famous vehicles as the James Bond Cars, the Munstermobile, the Batmobile, Herbie the Love Bug, Kitt the Knight Rider and the A-Team Van. The museum is located at Royal Oak Garage, Standish Street, in the center of the beautiful Lakeland town of Keswick in Great Britain. Across the pond in America, The Peterson Automotive Museum at 6060 Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles, California offers an American museum. The three-level, 300,000-square foot building is chock full of gorgeous, glittering dream cars from every era and social strata. including such TV cars as Fred Flintstones "Flintmobile" and the "General Lee" from the popular TV show THE DUKES OF HAZZARD.

  • The Early Television Foundation - Dedicated to the preservation and restoration of television receiving and camera equipment from the early days of television.

  • Famous Locations - 1000's of Famous Locations across the world 1000's of movies and movie stars - past and present. An incredible fun-packed research experience for everyone including ; movie fans, tourists, students of geography and modern history.

  • FootnoteTV - This site analyzes the issues and events that inspire popular television shows like The West Wing, Law & Order, South Park and Saturday Night Live and reports on the issues they raise each week. Created by Stephen Lee, a former Chicago reporter turned lawyer, Lee declares "I created FootnoteTV because (a) a lot of my friends and family always had questions about what they were seeing on television, and (b) I believe Internet journalism should be more than a faster wire service and should explore alternatives to complement the breaking-news model." FootnoteTV is part of his larger site, Newsaic.

  • History of American Broadcasting - Created by Jeff Miller, this website contains links to hundreds of topics relating to Broadcast industry in America including AM, FM and TV Broadcasting.

  • The Lawrence Welk Museum - Dedicated to that "Wunnerful" musician and band leader who hosted THE LAWRENCE WELK SHOW from 1955-1982.

  • Movieland Wax Museum - The largest wax museum in the United States, the Movieland Wax Museum gives the public a chance to walk within inches of realistic wax figures of famous Hollywood stars including the likenesses of such TV greats as Tom Selleck, Michael Landon, Carol Burnett, the entire cast of Star Trek, Don Knotts, Michael J. Fox, Chuck Norris, Roseanne Barr,  George Burns, Lucille Ball, Eddie Albert, Eva Gabor, and Arnold the Pig. The museum is located at 7711 Beach Boulevard in Buena Park, California. A similar but smaller wax museum is the Hollywood Wax Museum located at 6767 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, CA.

  • Museum of Broadcast Communications - One of only two broadcast museums in America, the MBC opened to the public on June 13, 1987, after five years of development, led by Chicago broadcaster Bruce DuMont. It is located in the Chicago Cultural Center on Michigan Avenue at Washington Street since the summer of 1992. Their extensive public archives collection houses more than 70,000 radio and television programs and commercials. Called a "truly a world-class institution" by Leonard Maltin of Entertainment Tonight, the MBC offers state-of-the-art studios, spacious screening suites, special galleries and the museum's own gift shop. In 2004 the museum located to a new building at State and Kinzie in Chicago's River North.

  • Paley Center for Media - A nonprofit museum founded by William S. Paley to collect and preserve television and radio programs and to make them available to the public. The Paley Center for Media, with locations in New York and Los Angeles, leads the discussion about the cultural, creative, and social significance of television, radio, and emerging platforms for the professional community and media-interested public Both museums offer tours, exhibits, seminars, and access to viewing stations where visitors can watch old TV series or listen to vintage radio programs.

  • MZTV Museum of Television - Based in Toronto, the MZTV's mission is to collect, preserve, and exhibit the World’s most comprehensive collection of North American television receivers, for the 50 year period from the 1920s to the 1970s.

  • National Museum of Photography, Film & Television - Located at Bradford, West Yorkshire in Great Britain, the National Museum of Photography, Film & Television attracts approximately 750,000 visitors each year. Founded in 1983 the NMPFT is part of the National Museum of Science and Industry. The Museum's renowned collection includes more than three million items of historical, social and cultural value. These include three key 'firsts': the world's first negative, the earliest television footage and what is regarded as the world's first example of moving pictures – Louis Le Prince's 1888 film of Leeds Bridge. Special events bring you face-to-face with leading photographers, stars and program makers, allowing visitors to ask the questions you want answered. Three film festivals bring you the very best in new and classic film.
  • Newseum - The Newseum is an interactive museum of news. Having welcomed more than 2.25 million visitors in nearly five years of operation the Newseum  closed its Arlington, Va., facility on March 3, 2002 while it prepares to relocate to Washington, D.C. The new Newseum will be located at the corner of Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., and Sixth Street, It is scheduled to open in 2006. The Newseum's administrative offices are located at 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22209.

  • TV Anchors - This site provides the latest pictures of TV Anchors, TV Hosts, TV Newsreaders, TV Actresses, Weather Girls and TV Reporters.

  • TV Days (Classic Video Archives) - Web portal for the New York based company Video Resources who for over twenty years has been used by scholars, schools, universities, ad agencies, film studios, feature film producers, directors, music videos, documentary filmmakers, collectors, hobbyists, toy companies, toy retailers, network and cable news, magazine and variety shows worldwide. Video Resources New York houses over 50,000 hours of television commercials, rare one-of-a-kind television shows, industrials, sales films, government movies, educational films, newsreels, cartoons, silent and sound feature films and shorts, soundies, and home movies, among other odd reels and short subjects.

  • TV History - The First 75 Years - Nifty collection of TV history from the 1930s to the present. Site has great photos of old TV sets, sample Network Ident photos and year-by-year links to important facts, key dates, magazine covers, early manuals, technical data, patent copies, advertising of TV sets, TV related ephemera (paper collectibles) and examples of the world's first television sets, such as the Baird "Televisor", early Jenkins Mechanical TV, the 1939 RCA TRK-12, or the first color TVs, up to and including HDTV models.

  • UC Berkeley Media Resources Center - The Media Resources Center (MRC) is the UC Berkeley Library's primary collection of materials in electronic non-print (audio and visual) formats. The collection includes dramatic performances; literary adaptations; speeches; lectures and events; primary source recordings, such as historic TV commercials and newsreels; and documentaries, including one of the strongest collections of works by independent film and video makers in the US.

  • UCLA Film & Television Archive - A unique resource for media study, the Archive constitutes one of the largest collections of media materials in the United States - second only to the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. - and the largest of any university in the world. Its vaults hold more than 220,000 motion picture and television titles and 27 million feet of newsreel footage. The combined collections represent an all-encompassing documentation of the 20th century. Check out the Television Commercials page for a summary of their TV commercials collection.

  • Walton Mountain Museum - Inspired by the family drama THE WALTONS/CBS/1972-81, the Walton Mountain Museum is located in Schuyler, in the Piedmont area of Virginia. Schuyler is a small mountain village of approximately 400 people in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Founded in 1992, the museum is housed in the old Schuyler Elementary School across the street from the boyhood home of Earl Hamner. The museum is open daily from 10AM to 4PM from the first Saturday in March through the last Sunday in November with the exceptions of Easter, Thanksgiving, and the second Saturday in October.

  • The World's Earliest Television Recordings...Restored - "This is the primary research site on the earliest recordings of television. From the dawn of our television technology age comes the restored wonders of original recordings made in the era of mechanically-scanned television! Not until the computer era came on us could we study these images. Now they can be seen in as close to their original quality as the latest techniques can take us.


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