Coney Island Museum

Coney Island Museum The Coney Island Museum (part of Coney Island USA), is dedicated to preserving, protecting and presenting the history of the People's Playground.
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Vintage postcard, dated 1909. The Coney Island Museum is thankful for so many things: that we operate in the heart of th...
11/28/2019

Vintage postcard, dated 1909. The Coney Island Museum is thankful for so many things: that we operate in the heart of the People's Playground; for our amazing and loyal staff; for the volunteers who give so generously of their time and especially fr the support of our donors- who make it all possible! You can show YOUR support here: https://coneyisland.networkforgood.com/projects/57190-the-coney-island-museum
Best wishes to all for a happy Thanksgiving!

On Tuesday, December 3, we hope you’ll show your support for the Coney Island Museum. Your contribution will really make...
11/23/2019

On Tuesday, December 3, we hope you’ll show your support for the Coney Island Museum. Your contribution will really make a difference in our mission to preserve and interpret the history of the People’s Playground! We’ll be providing more information about how to give- and why- in the days to come. #givingtuesday2019 #coneyislandmuseum #coneyislandusa #brooklyn #amusementpark #preservation #vintage #historyalive

American servicemen in Luna Park,  waiting for a spin on the Whip. The Coney Island Museum offers our appreciation in gr...
11/11/2019

American servicemen in Luna Park, waiting for a spin on the Whip. The Coney Island Museum offers our appreciation in grateful recognition to all the men and women who have served, and are currently serving, to protect our nation. Happy Veteran’s Day! #coneyislandmuseum #coneyislandusa #heroes #brooklyn #veteransday #lunaparknyc #historyalive

Museum dreams, realized. #coneyislandmuseum #coneyislandusa #museum #brooklyn #boardwalk #amusementpark #historical #pre...
11/03/2019

Museum dreams, realized. #coneyislandmuseum #coneyislandusa #museum #brooklyn #boardwalk #amusementpark #historical #preservation #notforprofit #historyalive

Vintage Halloween postcard promises, “If in the mirror your lover is seen, You’ll surely be happy on Halloween!”. Good l...
10/31/2019

Vintage Halloween postcard promises, “If in the mirror your lover is seen, You’ll surely be happy on Halloween!”. Good luck, and happy Halloween from the Coney Island Museum! #coneyislandmuseum #coneyislandusa #halloween #vintagehalloween #vintagepostcards #brooklyn #historyalive

You never know who’s going to show up at the Museum; in this case...lunch?! Love these ladies, and their yummy costumes,...
10/19/2019

You never know who’s going to show up at the Museum; in this case...lunch?! Love these ladies, and their yummy costumes, having a blast in Coney Island today! #coneyislandmuseum #coneyislandusa #brooklyn #boardwalk #lunaparknyc #denoswonderwheel #halloweenfun #historyalive

The  Museum’s newest acquisition- a rounding board from a Mangels  kiddie carousel, circa 1940’s. It’s wonderful to see ...
10/05/2019

The Museum’s newest acquisition- a rounding board from a Mangels kiddie carousel, circa 1940’s. It’s wonderful to see it installed in our main gallery, just a few blocks from where it was manufactured. Important acquisitions like this one are made possible with the generous support of donors- click here for more info:
https://www.coneyisland.com/programs/coney-island-museum. #coneyislandmuseum #coneyislandusa #brooklyn #amusementpark #carousel #vintage#historyalive

The view from here...#coneyislandmuseum #coneyislandusa #alwayschasingrainbows #brooklyn #boardwalk #cyclone #historyali...
10/02/2019

The view from here...#coneyislandmuseum #coneyislandusa #alwayschasingrainbows #brooklyn #boardwalk #cyclone #historyalive

The Coney Island Museum is honored to be screening "Last Stop Coney Island- The Life and Photography of Harold Feinstein...
09/11/2019

The Coney Island Museum is honored to be screening "Last Stop Coney Island- The Life and Photography of Harold Feinstein" on Sunday, September 15, at 3pm, as part of the Coney Island Film Festival. Tickets for this program are going to sell out- get yours now!

We couldn't be more delighted that Last Stop Coney Island - The Life and Photography of Harold Feinstein will have a "homecoming" screening at the Coney Island Film Festival on Sunday, September 15 at 3:00.

Tickets are only $8... get them before they sell out, New York!

https://coney-island-usa.myshopify.com/products/ciff19program13

Marvel’s latest superheroes?  No, just 2 of the greatest film and theater history buffs ever (and good friends of the Mu...
08/24/2019

Marvel’s latest superheroes? No, just 2 of the greatest film and theater history buffs ever (and good friends of the Museum), Cezar Del Valle and Trav SD! Trav delivered a terrific lecture, “80 Years of the Wizard of Oz”, keeping us all entertained and informed! #coneyislandmuseum #coneyislandusa #wizardofoz #brooklyn #vaudeville #theaterhistory #historyalive

Graduation in the CI Museum for Sideshow School! Congratulations to the Class of 2019- Gooble, Gobble, We Accept You! On...
08/22/2019

Graduation in the CI Museum for Sideshow School! Congratulations to the Class of 2019- Gooble, Gobble, We Accept You! One of Us! #coneyislandmuseum #coneyislandusa #circussideshow #freaks #gooblegobble #brooklyn #freakbar #sideshowschool #historyalive

Happy beach day! We’re loving this vintage sign from the M&C Beach Chair Rentals. The Museum was fortunate to receive th...
08/21/2019

Happy beach day! We’re loving this vintage sign from the M&C Beach Chair Rentals. The Museum was fortunate to receive the sign from Dr. Peter Vapnek, whose great-grandfather, Alexander Myers, founded the business in 1917. Peter’s grandfather took over in 1935; the family’s rental stations were a familiar sight all along the boardwalk until 1979. Beach chairs, umbrellas, even the iconic rolling chairs were available- as were the “luggers”, who would carry your rentals to your destination. How times have changed! Many thanks to Peter and his family for sharing their history, and their generous support. If you have a Coney Island treasure you’d like to see preserved for generations to come, please contact the Museum: [email protected]. #coneyislandmuseum #coneyislandusa #brooklyn #beach #boardwalk #rollingchair #beachumbrella #amusementparks #historyalive

Happy World Elephant Day! These gentle, intelligent creatures were once a common sight in Coney Island’s historic parks,...
08/12/2019

Happy World Elephant Day! These gentle, intelligent creatures were once a common sight in Coney Island’s historic parks, used for both entertainment and labor. While it must have been a wonder to see and experience them up close, the history of elephants in Coney Island so often had a tragic ending (we’re thinking of Topsy and Little Hip). We encourage everyone to support the efforts of groups like the Wildlife Conservation Society, and help ensure that elephants continue to live and thrive where they belong- in their own natural habitats. #worldelephantday #wildlifeconservationsociety #coneyislandmuseum #coneyislandusa #elephant #lunapark#dreamland #brooklyn #amusementpark #historyalive

We’re celebrating National Carousel Day with this image  from Catalogue #9,                 circa 1917-18, from the     ...
07/25/2019

We’re celebrating National Carousel Day with this image from Catalogue #9, circa 1917-18, from the W.F. Mangels Company. At the end of the 19th and through the very early 20th century, Coney Island was home to a thriving carousel industry. Carvers, artists, and machinists, many of them European immigrants, were employed in the local workshops and factories that serviced the parks and independent operators, and manufactured the merry-go-rounds that delighted adults and children alike. Although there are only 2 carousels left in Coney Island, we like to imagine we can still hear the music from those magical machines of yesteryear. #coneyislandmuseum #coneyislandusa #amusementpark #brooklyn #carousel #magic #merrygoround #nationalcarouselday #historyalive

This group of aspiring young writers from Pen America visited the Museum yesterday. Following a discussion with Dick Zig...
07/25/2019

This group of aspiring young writers from Pen America visited the Museum yesterday. Following a discussion with Dick Zigun and Adam Realman, they took some time for a brief tour of the Museum before heading out to sample the thrills and wonder of the People’s Playground. #coneyislandmuseum #coneyislandusa #pen_america #penamerica #brooklyn #amusementpark #beach #boardwalk #freedom #justice #historyalive

The Brooklyn Paper
07/23/2019
The Brooklyn Paper

The Brooklyn Paper

An expert on the history of sideshow banners will discuss the colorful cloth advertisements that showcase the freaks, oddities, and eccentric acts of the midway at the Coney Island Museum on July 27.

Today we’re paying tribute to the 50th anniversary of humanity’s first steps on the Moon with this postcard, from Luna P...
07/20/2019

Today we’re paying tribute to the 50th anniversary of humanity’s first steps on the Moon with this postcard, from Luna Park, mailed in 1905. Thompson and Dundy’s “A Trip To the Moon” delighted visitors when it premiered at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, NY in 1901. It was featured at Steeplechase in 1902 before becoming one of the signature attractions at Luna Park in 1903. Combining fantastic panoramic backdrops, special effects, little people dressed as “Selenites”, moon maidens, and green cheese, “A Trip To the Moon” was one of Coney Island’s earliest and most popular scenographic attractions. Thompson and Dundy’s imaginative and innovative success pales in comparison to NASA’s historic achievement in 1969, but still serves to illustrate the ingenuity and “can-do” spirit of America. #coneyislandmusem #coneyislandusa #nasa #triptothemoon #spacerace #moonlanding #lunapark #brooklyn #amusementpark #surfavenue #boardwalk #historyalive

Behind the bath house door... #coneyislandmuseum #coneyislandusa #brooklyn #beach #summer #boardwalk #funinthesun #refle...
07/17/2019

Behind the bath house door... #coneyislandmuseum #coneyislandusa #brooklyn #beach #summer #boardwalk #funinthesun #reflection #historyalive

Had a wonderful visit with the Pre-College class from SVA! We love welcoming these young artists and hope they were insp...
07/17/2019

Had a wonderful visit with the Pre-College class from SVA! We love welcoming these young artists and hope they were inspired by the iconic sights of Coney Island! #coneyislandmuseum #coneyislandusa #schoolofvisualarts #brooklyn #boardwalk #amusementpark #beach #artist #historyalive

Happy Friday! The two gents on this turn-of-the-century postcard look like they enjoyed their visit to Coney Island! We ...
07/13/2019

Happy Friday! The two gents on this turn-of-the-century postcard look like they enjoyed their visit to Coney Island! We hope you have a great weekend, and if you’re coming to the People’s Playground, please visit the Coney Island Museum! #coneyislandmusem #coneyislandusa #vintagepostcard #brooklyn #beach #boardwalk #amusementpark #funinthesun #weekend #historyalive

“Professa” Adam Realman teaching the kids from Graffiti Ministries about the science of the sideshow in the Coney Island...
07/10/2019

“Professa” Adam Realman teaching the kids from Graffiti Ministries about the science of the sideshow in the Coney Island Museum today! #coneyislandmuseum #coneyislandusa #brooklyn #beach #boardwalk #amusementpark #sideshowschool #summerfun #historyalive

So happy to welcome the kids and counselors from Graffiti Ministries today! We hope they enjoyed their visit as much as ...
07/10/2019

So happy to welcome the kids and counselors from Graffiti Ministries today! We hope they enjoyed their visit as much as we did! #coneyislandmusem #coneyislandusa #brooklyn #beach #amusementpark #boardwalk #summerfun #payingitforward #historyalive

The Coney Island Museum will be closed tomorrow, Wednesday, July 10, from 2-3pm, as we welcome back the kids from Graffi...
07/09/2019

The Coney Island Museum will be closed tomorrow, Wednesday, July 10, from 2-3pm, as we welcome back the kids from Graffiti Ministries!

Coney Island USA
07/04/2019
Coney Island USA

Coney Island USA

Thank You MetroFocus Steve W. Thompson and the entire crew for this outstanding piece, on our very own Coney Island Circus Sideshow!

This spry group of youngsters visited the Museum today, swapping happy memories of days spent in Coney Island. #coneyisl...
06/26/2019

This spry group of youngsters visited the Museum today, swapping happy memories of days spent in Coney Island. #coneyislandmusem #coneyislandusa #brooklyn #boardwalk #steeplechase #lunaparknyc #parachutejumpconeyisland #summerfun #historyalive

The 37th Annual Mermaid Parade, as Coney Island historically celebrates artistic expression, individuality, and the cont...
06/23/2019

The 37th Annual Mermaid Parade, as Coney Island historically celebrates artistic expression, individuality, and the contributions of all people, regardless of race, color, creed, or sexual orientation! #coneyislandmusem #coneyiandusa #mermaidparade #funinthesun #historyalive

This group of young Explorers from NYC came out to Coney Island today in search of adventure! They visited the  Museum a...
06/19/2019

This group of young Explorers from NYC came out to Coney Island today in search of adventure! They visited the Museum and were fascinated by our hold-to-light postcards, and charmed by the old b/w Coney Island films. The funhouse mirrors were the biggest hit, inspiring all kinds of shenanigans! #coneyislandmusem #coneyislandusa #brooklyn #amusementpark #summerfun #historyalive

On this day of remembrance, the Coney Island Museum would like to express our gratitude and respect to all those who gav...
05/27/2019

On this day of remembrance, the Coney Island Museum would like to express our gratitude and respect to all those who gave all.

Many thanks to Mike Virgintino for an outstanding lecture and discussion regarding Freedomland: The World's Largest Ente...
05/27/2019

Many thanks to Mike Virgintino for an outstanding lecture and discussion regarding Freedomland: The World's Largest Entertainment Center. The book is an exhaustively researched, sentimental tribute to one of New York's most beloved, but often forgotten, amusement parks.

Freedomland was the topic of conversation during an enjoyable Saturday evening at the Coney Island Museum. Many thanks to Dick Zigun, Lisa Schaefer and the staff for inviting us.

This is a must-see museum located on Surf Avenue. It traces the entire history of amusements at Coney Island with photographs, film, memorabilia and fantastic artifacts. Here's the website: https://www.coneyisland.com/

Wish we could create a similar museum for Freedomland!

No better way to kick off the Memorial Day weekend than with “wheel therapy”- the first ride of the season, and always a...
05/25/2019

No better way to kick off the Memorial Day weekend than with “wheel therapy”- the first ride of the season, and always a transcendent experience! The Wonder Wheel-99 years young, and one of Coney Island’s greatest treasures. #coneyislandmuseum #coneyiandusa #wonderwheel #denos #brooklyn #ferriswheel #boardwalk #amusementpark #happymemorialdayweekend #historyalive

#rainbowmw The red and yellow of our new shooting gallery display is an homage to the many vintage, hand-lettered signs ...
05/16/2019

#rainbowmw The red and yellow of our new shooting gallery display is an homage to the many vintage, hand-lettered signs on exhibit throughout the Museum. It certainly evokes thoughts of warm summer days- past and future! #museumweek2019 #coneyislandmuseum #coneyislandusa #brooklyn #boardwalk #vintagetargets #vintagehandpaintedsign #vintagesigns #summerscoming #summerfun #amusementpark #historyalive

Happy birthday to Dick Zigun, founder and Artistic Director of Coney Island USA, and the “unofficial” mayor of the Peopl...
05/11/2019

Happy birthday to Dick Zigun, founder and Artistic Director of Coney Island USA, and the “unofficial” mayor of the People’s Playground! Thank you for your tireless efforts to preserve, present, and interpret the history of Coney Island! ❤️ #coneyislandmusem #coneyislandusa #dickzigun #brooklyn #mermaidparade #sideshow #popculture #amusementpark #boardwalk #historyalive

It’s always exciting to unveil new acquisitions! Many thanks to the Brooklyn Historical Society for gifting a pair of or...
05/08/2019

It’s always exciting to unveil new acquisitions! Many thanks to the Brooklyn Historical Society for gifting a pair of original Coney Island fun house mirrors- we love them! #coneyislandmuseum #coneyislandusa #brooklynhistoricalsociety #brooklyn#funhouse #amusementpark #historyalive

The Coney Island Museum is seeking volunteers to serve as docents for the 2019 season. Please send inquiries to: museum@...
05/01/2019

The Coney Island Museum is seeking volunteers to serve as docents for the 2019 season. Please send inquiries to: [email protected]
The Museum is also seeking a trained archivist to volunteer one day a week. Please contact Lisa at
[email protected]

If you’re coming out to Coney Island this weekend, stop by the Freak Bar and check out our Tornado car, beautifully rest...
04/27/2019

If you’re coming out to Coney Island this weekend, stop by the Freak Bar and check out our Tornado car, beautifully restored by the crew at Lake Compounce Park, CT, with support from grants provided by American Coaster Enthusiasts (ACE) and the National Amusement Park Historic Association ( NAPHA). Good fortune saved this important piece of Coney Island history from the pyre, but it was the goodwill, hard work, and the generous support of friends and folks like you that brought it back to its former glory. Please support the Coney Island Museum in our mission to protect, preserve, and promote the history of the People’s Playground: bit.ly/CIMDonate #coneyislandmuseum #coneyislandusa #lakecompouce #americancoasterenthusiast #napha #brooklyn #amusementpark #rollercoaster #restoration #historyalive

The Coney Island Museum is so excited to welcome "Smarty Charlie", an absolutely charming carousel horse carved by the C...
04/21/2019

The Coney Island Museum is so excited to welcome "Smarty Charlie", an absolutely charming carousel horse carved by the Charles W. Dare Company , of Brooklyn NY, circa 1890-1900. Many thanks to Chris Madden for the loan! We hope Smarty enjoys being in the Museum as much as we enjoy having him here!

03/18/2019
Coney Island USA

Coney Island USA

Our Host with the most Adam Realman for the entertainment portion of our Coney Island USA 2019 Spring Gala this Saturday, March 23rd at the New York Aquarium, has a special message, just for you! https://www.coneyisland.com/gala

#internationalwomensday We just had to share this studio photo postcard- the inscription reads, “The girls at Coney Isla...
03/08/2019

#internationalwomensday We just had to share this studio photo postcard- the inscription reads, “The girls at Coney Island. We had fun, Sarah got sick”. At the turn of the century, more women were entering society as professionals and skilled workers. Coney Island was a destination that afforded inexpensive entertainment and the opportunity to mix freely with the opposite sex, untethered from the strict social mores of the preceding Victorian era. We hope Sarah still managed to enjoy her trip to Coney Island! #coneyislandmuseum #coneyislandusa #girlsjustwanttohavefun #brooklyn #boardwalk #vintagepostcard #vintagephoto #amusementpark #historyalive

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1208 Surf Ave
Brooklyn, NY
11224

D,N,F,Q train to Stillwell Avenue.

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Wednesday 13:00 - 18:00
Thursday 13:00 - 18:00
Friday 13:00 - 18:00
Saturday 12:00 - 18:00
Sunday 14:00 - 18:00

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(718) 372-5159

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