The National Comedy Center has been formally designated as the nation’s official cultural institution dedicated to the art form of comedy.

President Trump signed the bill into law Tuesday. It was passed by both the Senate and House of Representatives in February.

The legislation recognizes the National Comedy Center in Jamestown, New York, “exists for the exclusive purpose of celebrating comedy in all its forms” and officially designates the Center as the “National Comedy Center.

The state-of-the-art, $50 million museum complex opened in August 2018. It showcases "comedy’s great minds and unique voices" and was inspired by Jamestown native Lucille Ball's vision for her hometown to become a comedy destination. 

The National Comedy Center legislation was included as part of the bipartisan John D. Dingell Jr. Conservation, Management and Recreation Act. It was led by U.S. Sen. Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, and U.S. Rep. Tom Reed.