How to Visit WNET Offices on a Tour

October 11, 2017

Post Production Associate Director Jermaine Pinnock (right) and tour guides Rita Kessler and Liz Kaufman explain WNET’s studio control room to members of a Tuesday tour group.

Visit the flagship PBS station for New York City’s metropolitan region: WNET, the parent company of THIRTEEN and WLIW21 and operator of NJTV Public Media. WNET produces and presents such acclaimed PBS series as Nature, Great Performances, American Masters, PBS NewsHour Weekend, and a range of documentaries, children’s programs, and local news and cultural offerings available on air and online. Pioneers in educational programming, WNET has created such groundbreaking series as Get the Math, Oh Noah! and Cyberchase, and provides tools for educators. WNET’s local productions include NYC-ARTS, Reel 13, NJTV News and MetroFocus. A tour will reveal how programs made here are delivered to your home.

1. What kind of tours does WNET offer?

WNET offers scheduled tours of our technical operating facility on Tuesdays by prior appointment. During your visit, you will visit our post-production audio and video editing facilities and the control room that connects us to the Tisch WNET Studios at Lincoln Center. You will meet with the engineers and editors who work in each of these areas. They will describe what they do and the technology used to create programs such as Nature or the wonderfully creative monthly promotional spots.

Programs taped here at WNET are on closed sets so we will not be able to view a taping during your visit.

2. Where are tours conducted?

Tours take place at our headquarters at 825 Eighth Avenue, between West 49th and 50th streets, in New York City.

Directions: By subway, take the 1, E or C trains to 50th St. Bus: 8th Ave. M20 or 104 to 49th St.
The tour does not include a visit to the Tisch WNET Studios at Lincoln Center.

3. When can I tour?

Tours are offered by prior appointment only on Tuesdays at 11AM and 1:30PM. Call 212-560-2711 or email tours@thirteen.org to arrange a tour. Tours must be arranged in advance so our volunteer tour guides are available.

4. How long does the tour last?

The tour lasts approximately one hour.

5. Are the tours appropriate for children? Are they accessible for people with disabilities?

Tours are appropriate for high school and college students and adults. We are not currently offering children’s tours.

Our building is ADA accessible but certain edit facilities are small and may be difficult to maneuver. If members of your group have special needs, please call to discuss.

6. May I bring a group for a tour?

Yes! We can accommodate groups of up to 10 people. Unfortunately, we cannot schedule larger groups due to space constraints. We appreciate your understanding.

7. How much do your tours cost?

WNET does not charge a fee for our tours. However, as a publicly funded nonprofit that relies on the generosity of the audiences we serve, we would gladly accept your support through membership or a donation. Thank you!

Schedule your tour

Call 212-560-2711 or e-mail tours@thirteen.org to schedule a tour with us. We look forward to meeting you.