To celebrate the 25h anniversary of the Friends premiere, a pop-up exposition opened in New York City. In 2021, it’s a new attraction every Friends enthusiast must do in NYC!
I’ll tell you more about it in this article.
What is The Friends Experience?
I have not been able to go yet, as it opened in March 2021. However, the exhibition installed in 2019 reproduced Rachel and Monica’s apartment with their neighbors Joey and Chandler.
The Friends Experience proposes the same, a universe dedicated to the series on two floors (accessible). The experience is intended to be immersive to allow fans of the series to live the cult moments of some episodes.
Thus, it is possible to visit the apartments of the protagonists. Besides, you can see the costumes of the actors, even poke the Ugly Naked Guy.
If you don’t count on visiting the expo, they opened a replica of the Central Perk café. It is open every day from 7:00 am. You can check the opening hours here because it changes every day.
You can’t miss the official store either. The store is online too.
How much does it cost?
They propose several rates, from 3 years old and up:
– $45 on weekdays (non-holiday days) before 5pm,
– $52 on weekends, holidays, and weekdays (non-holidays) from 5pm.
If you want a private experience, visits are before opening time, on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 am to 9:40 am:
– $375 for a group of 6 people max,
– $600 for a group of 10 people max.
They announce that they don’t have many spots available if you don’t book in advance. It also costs more, $65 per person.
Will you be able to meet the actors?
No. Jennifer Anniston (Rachel), Courteney Cox (Monica), Lisa Kudrow (Phoebe), Matthew Perry (Chandler), Matt LeBlanc (Joey)y David Schwimmer (Ross) don’t plan to show up during this month.
But, if they are in NYC at this time, I don’t see why not! They may want to see how it looks.
Where is The Friends Experience?
There are two Friends Experience in the USA:
– New York: 130 East 23rd St (corner of East 23rd St & Lexington Ave)
– Chicago: 540 N Michigan Ave (corner of N Michigan Ave y E Ohio St)
If you want to continue the experience, you can go see the Friends building at 90 Bedford St. in New York City.
I think The Friends Experience will be a must-do activity when visiting New York City.
If you happen to stop by, please send me a photo so I can post it here.
They have implemented strict sanitary measures, they even say it’s “Monica clean“!