About NBC Studio Tour
From Saturday Night Live to Today to NBC Nightly News, NBC’s shows are legendary, and from early morning to late-night, they’re broadcast live from one very important place: the towering GE building in Rockefeller Center, NBC’s flagship home.
Go behind the scenes on an NBC Studio Tour, where two NBC Pages will lead you through an assortment of studios and sets of the network’s best-known shows, including a peek into the buzzing heartbeat of NBC: the Broadcast Operations Center.
One of the main draws of the tour is that it’s as much about television production in general as it is about NBC. The NBC Studio Tour begins with a high-definition screening of the History of Television in the NBC Sharp Globe Theatre, which delves into television history, from past to present. After the film, the NBC Pages – who deliver plenty of inside stories and anecdotes along the way – usher the group into the NBC studios. Depending on show schedules, you may see the studios of “Saturday Night Live,”the “Today” show, “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” “Dr. Oz,” “Nightly News with Brian Williams” and “Football Night in America.” Plus, you never know what famous faces you might see: The tour organizers say that, though it’s rare, there’s always a chance you’ll see “talent” walking the halls, from Jimmy Fallon to the cheery ladies of the fourth hour of the “Today” show, Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford.
And speaking of which, how do those ladies look so good on TV? Makeup – and lots of it! The tour also takes you into the Studio Makeup Room, where NBC artists will introduce you to the intriguing world of studio makeup and special effects and do a “prosthetics demonstration.” After seeing what goes on behind the camera, the tour ends by offering you the chance to go in front of the camera: You can read the news or even give a weather report.
The final stop is at the NBC Experience Store, which has an enormous array of NBC merchandise and collectibles that celebrate NBC’s popular shows like “The Office,” “Parks and Recreation” and “30 Rock.”
Approximately one hour and 10 minutes
Did you know?
The popular show 30 Rock, which follows the cast and crew of a fictional sketch comedy show at 30 Rockefeller, is actually mostly filmed at Silvercup Studios in Queens.
NBC first started using its peacock logo in 1956, when it was adopted to celebrate the rise of color programming.
The tour is ideal for a wide range of visitors: Naturally, fans of NBC shows will delight in the chance to go behind the scenes. But, you don’t have to be familiar with NBC programming to enjoy the tour, since it’s as much about NBC as it is about television production in general. The tours are especially popular with families because the friendly NBC Pages make a great effort to appeal to all ages.
Good for kids?
The tour appeals to kids, particularly pre-teens and teens who are familiar with NBC’s roster of shows. The NBC Pages, who are friendly and knowledgeable, offer commentary that’s accessible and fun for the younger set. Plus, kids get a kick out of seeing all of the camera and video equipment – and the special effects in the makeup room.
NBC Studio Tour Location Information:
30 Rockefeller Plaza
New York, NY 10020
B, D, F, M to 47th – 50th Sts./Rockefeller Center
About the NBC Studio Tour
No food or drink is allowed on the tour. Rockefeller Center is packed with restaurants, cafés and casual eateries, from the seafood specialists at Sea Grill to the Morrell Wine Bar, Magnolia Cupcakes and Ben & Jerry’s ice cream.
Preview the NBC Studio Tour
Get a sneak peek of some of the highlights of the NBC Studio Tour which takes you behind the scenes to the studios, hallways and control centers behind some of NBC’s top shows.