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Museum of Broadcast Communications opens doors

Steve Johnson

Tribune reporter

3:47 PM EDT, June 13, 2012

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With sitcom stars Betty Whiteand John Mahoneyon hand to help founder Bruce DuMont cut the ribbon, Chicago's Museum of Broadcast Communications officially re-opened its doors Wednesday, 8 1/2 years after it left its previous, Cultural Center location.

The long-delayed new building, at 360 N. State St., features one floor of national and Chicago TV artifacts, plus multiple video screens and a history of television told via wall placards. Below the TV exhibitions, on the building’s second floor, is the National Radio Hall of Fame Gallery (open since December). Adult admission is $12.

"The importance of our past is often overlooked,” said veteran newsman Hugh Downs, also at the ceremony. “It’s a challenge to do it right."

Said White, "You walk in there, and the memories just jump out at you."