The small western New York town of Jamestown is not only a beautiful place to visit, but it’s also the home of Lucille Ball. She was so fond of her birthplace, she also made it the home town of Lucy Ricardo, her character on I Love Lucy.
If you are a fan of Lucy, then the Lucy-Desi Museum should be high on your bucket list to visit. Located in downtown Jamestown, the museum features some wonderful displays highlighting I Love Lucy and the shows stars. The facilities are divided into two sections.
The Lucy-Desi Museum’s West Gallery features the lives and histories of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. You’ll see a number of family portraits, furniture, clothing, and other relics. Make sure not to miss Lucille Balls 1972 Mercedes Benz.
The East Gallery of the museum features displays and memorabilia from I Love Lucy. The main highlight of this section is the recreated sets of both the Ricardo’s apartment as well as the Hollywood Hotel set used in seasons 4 and 5.
The museum features a large collection of awards, collectibles, and even equipment used to film the show.
You will also be able to see a number of costumes worn on I Love Lucy throughout it’s run. In addition, the museum has a number of props used on the show as well.
If you’d like to step into one of the most famous scenes in the show, you can record your very own commercial of Vitameatavegamin. Pick up the prop bottle and read the script as you recreate the famous Lucy scene.
An unusual and unique item on display is the I Love Lucy bedroom set. This set was produced and sold as the official bedroom set of the show, despite the fact that it didn’t resemble the show’s set at all.
Make sure you check out the cute icons on the bathroom doors of the Lucy-Desi Museum!
Other Jamestown Attractions
The I Love Lucy Murals
There are several murals of I Love Lucy scenes scattered through the downtown area.
Lucille Ball’s Birthplace
This house in Jamestown, located at 69 Stewart Avenue, is the birthplace of Lucille Ball. The house appears to still be in very good condition.
Lucille Ball’s Childhood Home
Early in her childhood, the Ball family moved to another house, located at 59 8th Street. This is the house that spent her childhood in. To honour the location, the city renamed 8th Street to Lucy Lane.
Lucille Ball’s Grave
After originally interred in , the Ball family had Lucy’s remains relocated to the family plot at Lake View Cemetery in Jamestown. To see more photos of the grave, check this page.
In order to honour Lucille Ball, the town commissioned a statue to be placed in Lucille Ball Memorial Park. The statue was unveiled in 2009 with little attention. In 2016, photos of the grotesque statue went viral, and gained the nickname “Scary Lucy”. Soon after, the town looked at options for fixing the statue, but ultimately decided to commission a new statue instead. Later that year, the new statue was revealed in the park. Fortunately, the Scary Lucy statue also remains, as it has become a tourist attraction in itself.