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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Here is the ninth in a weekly series of State of Coney Island Addresses, from our Artistic Director/Founder and permanen...
06/07/2020
State of Coney Island Videos by Dick Zigun

Here is the ninth in a weekly series of State of Coney Island Addresses, from our Artistic Director/Founder and permanently unelected mayor of Coney Island Dick Zigun! This week, Dick talks about the current state of our not for profit, our upcoming live streaming events and a whole lot of TV that he's watched!

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#BlackOutTuesday
06/02/2020

#BlackOutTuesday

Here is this week's State of Coney Island address from our Artistic Director/Founder and permanently unelected mayor of ...
05/31/2020
State of Coney Island Videos by Dick Zigun

Here is this week's State of Coney Island address from our Artistic Director/Founder and permanently unelected mayor of Coney Island Dick Zigun! This week, Dick encourages you to vote in our Put on a Funny Face Mask Design Contest!

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No social distancing, but we love the faces of the riders on The Mountain Torrent, featured on this postcard dated 1911....
05/31/2020

No social distancing, but we love the faces of the riders on The Mountain Torrent, featured on this postcard dated 1911. Like a scenic railway with water, it was one of Luna Park’s popular attractions. We hope you’re all staying safe and having fun while navigating through the ups and downs of these trying times. Hope to see you all soon! #coneyislandmuseum #coneyislandusa #staysafe #brooklynstrong #newyorkstrong #lunapark #thrillride #rollercoaster #waterride #amusementpark #takearide #brooklyn #memories #vintagepostcard #wereallinthistogether #historyalive

A very patriotic view of Surf Avenue on this postcard, dated 1916. On this Memorial Day, the Coney Island Museum pays tr...
05/25/2020

A very patriotic view of Surf Avenue on this postcard, dated 1916. On this Memorial Day, the Coney Island Museum pays tribute to all those who gave their lives to protect ours. You can honor their sacrifice by wearing a mask and practicing social distancing while you’re enjoying the day.#memorialday #coneyislandmuseum #coneyislandusa #honorthefallen #brooklynstrong #newyorkstrong #staysafe #surfavenue #amusementpark #wereallinthistogether #historyalive

Here is this week's State of Coney Island address from our Artistic Director/Founder and permanently unelected mayor of ...
05/24/2020
State of Coney Island Videos by Dick Zigun

Here is this week's State of Coney Island address from our Artistic Director/Founder and permanently unelected mayor of Coney Island Dick Zigun! This week, it's The Wonder Wheel's 100th Birthday!

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Another postcard view of the centenarian Wonder Wheel. This one should look real familiar to all the baby boomers out th...
05/23/2020

Another postcard view of the centenarian Wonder Wheel. This one should look real familiar to all the baby boomers out there! Thank to the Vourderis family for taking such good care of this cherished Coney Island landmark-we’re all waiting for the happy day when we can ride! #denoswonderwheel #coneyislandmuseum #coneyislandusa #brooklynstrong #newyorkstrong #staysafe #wearamask #wereallinthistogether #amusementparks #ferriswheel #boardwalk #vintagepostcards #vintageamusementpark #historyalive

Another view of the world-famous Wonder Wheel (shown here with the Virginia Reel). Happy 100th birthday to one of Coney ...
05/22/2020

Another view of the world-famous Wonder Wheel (shown here with the Virginia Reel). Happy 100th birthday to one of Coney Island’s most-beloved attractions! Even though we can’t ride this weekend, we’ll still be celebrating. #denoswonderwheel #coneyislandmuseum #coneyislandusa #brooklynstrong #newyorkstrong #stayhome #staysafe #wearamask #brooklyn #amusementpark #vintagepostcards #historyalive

We’re starting the holiday weekend off early with tributes to the CIM’s favorite pleasure wheel- the Wonder Wheel! This ...
05/21/2020

We’re starting the holiday weekend off early with tributes to the CIM’s favorite pleasure wheel- the Wonder Wheel! This linen postcard, dated 1946, offers a terrific view of the famous swinging cars; it’s the only way to ride! Whichever you prefer- swinging or stationary- there’s no better place to see Coney’s sights than from the apex of this mechanical marvel. Happy Centennial birthday- and sincerest wishes for many more to come! #denoswonderwheel #coneyislandmuseum #coneyislandusa #brooklynstrong #newyorkstrong #brooklyn #amusementpark #boardwalk #wonderwheel #centennial #vintagepostcard #historyalive

Here is this week's State of Coney Island address from our Artistic Director/Founder and permanently unelected mayor of ...
05/17/2020
State of Coney Island Videos by Dick Zigun

Here is this week's State of Coney Island address from our Artistic Director/Founder and permanently unelected mayor of Coney Island Dick Zigun! This week, Dick let's a secret slip out!

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Not a lot of social distancing going on in this postcard view of Coney Island’s Bowery, dated 1911. Even though the weat...
05/16/2020

Not a lot of social distancing going on in this postcard view of Coney Island’s Bowery, dated 1911. Even though the weather is getting warmer, please make sure you’re keeping your distance and wearing a mask! #staysafe #stayhealthy #newyorkstrong #brooklynstrong #coneyislandmuseum #coneyislandusa #weareinthistogether #amusementpark #boardwalk #funinthesun #vintagepostcard #oldbrooklyn #historyalive

Here is this week's State of Coney Island address from our Artistic Director/Founder and permanently unelected mayor of ...
05/10/2020
State of Coney Island Videos by Dick Zigun

Here is this week's State of Coney Island address from our Artistic Director/Founder and permanently unelected mayor of Coney Island Dick Zigun! And, it's Dick's birthday!

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#givingtuesdaynow The inimitable Luna Park graces this postcard, dated 1906. For over a century, Coney Island has embodi...
05/05/2020

#givingtuesdaynow The inimitable Luna Park graces this postcard, dated 1906. For over a century, Coney Island has embodied the American spirit of ingenuity, tenacity, and inclusiveness. The Coney Island Museum is dedicated to preserving and interpreting the history of the People’s Playground. Your gift to Coney Island USA will proved critical support for the Museum’s programs, including preservation of the permanent collection. Please make a donation here: https://coneyisland.networkforgood.com/projects/47670-donation. Thank you! #coneyislandmuseum #coneyislandusa #covidcantstopgood #brooklynstrong #newyorkstrong #inthistogether #amusementpark #vintagepostcard #historyalive

Coney Island USA
05/03/2020
Coney Island USA

Coney Island USA

Here is this week's State of Coney Island address from our Artistic Director/Founder and permanently unelected mayor of Coney Island Dick Zigun! Dick goes on a rant against stoopid people! Please share the video and subscribe to our YouTube channel.

Coney Island USA
04/26/2020
Coney Island USA

Coney Island USA

Here is the third in a weekly series of State of Coney Island Addresses, from our Artistic Director/Founder and permanently unelected mayor of Coney Island Dick Zigun! Featuring the 2020 Coney Island USA Presents: The Mermaid Parade Designated King & Queen Announcement! Please share the video and subscribe to our YouTube channel. https://www.coneyisland.com/state

The Put on a Funny Face Mask Design Contest
04/24/2020
The Put on a Funny Face Mask Design Contest

The Put on a Funny Face Mask Design Contest

Enter the world's first COVID-19 Mask Design contest. Presented by Spectrum News NY1. Judged by celebrities from Coney Island and beyond.

On this beautiful sunny day, I wish we all could be in Coney Island! Postcard, circa 1913. Keep your distance, stay safe...
04/19/2020

On this beautiful sunny day, I wish we all could be in Coney Island! Postcard, circa 1913. Keep your distance, stay safe, and we hope to see you all soon! #coneyislandmuseum #coneyislandusa #brooklynstrong #newyorkstrong #inthistogether #stayhome #staysafe #stayhealthy #oneworldtogetherathome #museumfromhome #vintagepostcard #amusementpark #boardwalk #historyalive

04/19/2020
Coney Island USA

Coney Island USA

Here is the second in a weekly series of State of Coney Island Addresses, from our Artistic Director/Founder and permanently unelected mayor of Coney Island Dick Zigun! Please share the video and subscribe to our YouTube channel.

If “home is where the heart is”, we’ve found ours on the right side of this postcard, dated 1946. Besides our home at 12...
04/15/2020

If “home is where the heart is”, we’ve found ours on the right side of this postcard, dated 1946. Besides our home at 1208, there are many other places of note that can be found, “Looking Down Surf Avenue”. We hope everyone is staying well and keeping safe, and we’re looking forward to the day we can welcome visitors back! #coneyislandmuseum #coneyislandusa #brooklynstrong #nystrong #inthistogether #stayhome #stayhealthy #brooklyn #amusementpark #surfavenue #lunapark #historyalive

04/12/2020
Coney Island USA

Coney Island USA

Happy Easter and Passover! Here is the first in a weekly series of State of Coney Island Addresses, from our Artistic Director/Founder and permanently unelected mayor of Coney Island Dick Zigun! Please like, share and subscribe to our YouTube channel.

04/03/2020
Deno's Wonder Wheel Amusement Park

For your enjoyment, this "PSA" from Coney Island USA and the Vourderis family. Many thanks to the always-entertaining Adam Realman!

Welcome to "Deno's Days of Distancing Together," our new web series produced by Deno's Wonder Wheel Amusement Park's Stacy Vourderis. Please subscribe to our YouTube channel to see upcoming videos: https://www.youtube.com/denoswonderwheelpark. Stacy reached out to some of our Coney Island friends to share their stories as a way of helping us all feel connected while we #StayAtHome and #StaySafe. Sword swallower, strongman, sideshow and variety performer Adam Realman shares memories of growing up in Coney Island and his favorite books about Coney people and places. Adam is currently the "Dean and Professa" at Coney Island USA's Sideshow School.

For April Fool’s Day, Dreamland’s “Foolish House”, c. 1906. We hope you’re spending your days connected to those you lov...
04/01/2020

For April Fool’s Day, Dreamland’s “Foolish House”, c. 1906. We hope you’re spending your days connected to those you love, dreaming of happier days to come. #coneyislandmuseum #coneyislandusa #nystrong #brooklyn #wereallinthistogether #washyourhands #summerscoming #funinthesun #amusementpark #beach #boardwalk #historyalive

03/31/2020
A LOVE LETTER TO NYC: From Harold Feinstein

A LOVE LETTER TO NYC: From Harold Feinstein

This video love letter was created by the Harold Feinstein Photography Trust during the Covid-19 pandemic. Harold described himself as "always a Brooklyn boy...

03/29/2020
Bradshaws Circus of World Curiosities

The history of Coney Island and sideshows is interconnected, on so many levels. Enjoy this clip of Coney Island USA's iconic circus sideshow, c. 1987.

Channel 2 news piece on John Bradshaw's Circus of World Curiosities circa 1989. Features Diane Falk, Melvin Burkhardt, Otis Jordan, Ruby Rodriguez & Michael ...

A bit of whimsy from this Steeplechase pamphlet, c. 1905. Be kind, stay safe, and keep smiling! #coneyislandmuseum #cone...
03/22/2020

A bit of whimsy from this Steeplechase pamphlet, c. 1905. Be kind, stay safe, and keep smiling! #coneyislandmuseum #coneyislandusa #smile #laughteristhebestmedicine #brooklyn #steeplechase #amusementpark #vintageephemera #summerscoming #wereallinthistogether #keepinghistoryalive

We’re still celebrating Women’s History Month by sharing this undated studio photo postcard. Road trip! #womenshistorymo...
03/20/2020

We’re still celebrating Women’s History Month by sharing this undated studio photo postcard. Road trip! #womenshistorymonth #coneyislandmuseum #coneyislandusa #brooklyn #amusementpark #boardwalk #summerscoming #funinthesun #vintagepostcard #vintagephotography #historyalive

In honor of #IWD, we’re celebrating Frances Namon Sorcho, “the Only Woman Deep Sea Diver In The World”.  Namon mastered ...
03/08/2020

In honor of #IWD, we’re celebrating Frances Namon Sorcho, “the Only Woman Deep Sea Diver In The World”. Namon mastered the skill so she could accompany her husband, the renowned Capt. Louis Sorcho, on his dives. They performed together in theaters and expositions across the US, including Coney Island’s Luna Park and Dreamland. As “The Only Woman Deep-Sea Diver”, Namon joined a small but growing sisterhood of women that included Calamity Jane, Annie Oakley, and Nellie Bly, who, at the turn of the century, participated in careers dominated by men.

Celebrated for her bravery, Frances was the subject of a pamphlet published in 1900, in which she described the sensation of her first dive, the dangers she and her husband faced, and one aspect of her job that she didn’t relish, “Recovering a dead body is the task the diver dislikes more than any other kind, and although I have recovered quite a number, the work is yet horrible to me.”

After her marriage to Sorcho was dissolved, Namon became the model of the “New Woman”. She became adept at the speed punching bag, and gave displays of her prowess, touting the healthful benefits for women. Later, she teamed professionally (and possibly romantically) with Al Lawson, performing bicycle stunts on vaudeville stages across the country. When their partnership ended, she continued to reinvent herself as a performer; as “Mlle. Francezka”, her last stage act involved a collection of trained parrots, one of which, Jackie, was with Namon when she died in 1941. A life well lived, and worthy of celebration!
#iwd2020 #coneyislandmuseum #coneyislandusa #brooklyn #lunapark #dreamland #deepseadiver #vaudeville #womenempowerment #womensadventure #amusementpark #howaboutthat #historyalive @ Coney Island Museum

A snake plant grows in Brooklyn, and we can’t remember ever seeing a sansevieria in bloom- what a pleasant surprise! Hap...
02/27/2020

A snake plant grows in Brooklyn, and we can’t remember ever seeing a sansevieria in bloom- what a pleasant surprise! Happiness abounds in the CIM archives office!
#coneyislandmuseum #coneyislandusa #brooklyn #funinthesun #lovegrowshere #amusementpark #archives #historyalive

For Fat Tuesday, this felt banner, c. 1916, celebrating Coney Island’s own Mardi Gras. Unlike the pre-Lenten celebration...
02/25/2020

For Fat Tuesday, this felt banner, c. 1916, celebrating Coney Island’s own Mardi Gras. Unlike the pre-Lenten celebration made famous in New Orleans, the festivities in the People’s Playground took place in September, at the end of the season, and were just as notorious for the outrageous behavior of the participants ! #fattuesday #coneyislandmuseum #coneyislandusa #brooklynbridge #mardigras #amusementpark #historyalive

Today we celebrate love! Embossed, hand-embellished and glittered, this postcard, dated 1908, is addressed to “...Ray, f...
02/14/2020

Today we celebrate love! Embossed, hand-embellished and glittered, this postcard, dated 1908, is addressed to “...Ray, from Mother and Father”. We wish you were here with us, in Coney Island! Happy Valentine’s Day! #valentines #coneyislandmuseum #coneyislandusa #vintagepostcards #heartsandflowers #brooklyn #romance #love #boardwalk #historyalive

Start the day with a song in your heart, like this postcard advertisement from Stauch’s, c. 1915. “My Sweet Adair...I do...
02/14/2020

Start the day with a song in your heart, like this postcard advertisement from Stauch’s, c. 1915. “My Sweet Adair...I double dare you to be mine...” Happy Valentine’s Day from the Coney Island Museum! #valentines #coneyislandmuseum #coneyislandusa #lovequotes #vintagesongs #vintagesheetmusic #brooklyn #amusementpark #boardwalk #historyalive

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1208 Surf Ave
Brooklyn, NY
11224

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

Opening Hours

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

Telephone

(718) 372-5159

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If you, like me, are a habitue of the Coney Island Museum, you may recall a 1952 documentary short called "Coney Island USA" playing there in a loop. What you may not know is that its narrator was once a pretty important guy on radio and TV: On Henry Morgan:
any tickets for tonite 9/13 [email protected]
Today at 5pm! My amazing colossal talk on the showbiz influences on "The Wizard of Oz" at the Coney Island Museum! It'll blow your mind! #wizardofoz80 #WizardOfOz :
a consolation prize for those who missed my talk in the museum on Saturday (read the talk at the post): https://travsd.wordpress.com/2019/05/07/on-coney-island-the-worlds-fairs-and-more/
Hello! I am looking for a high-res photo of the baby/infant incubators for an upcoming mention in the NAPHA Chronicle (the official magazine of the National Amusement Park Historical Association). If anyone has one they are willing to share, you will be credited in the magazine!
https://youtu.be/xJEMi6O9Jm4 Feb 25th The Evan Ginzburg Show - the most eclectic mix anywhere. Sundays 11AM-1PM ET www.villageconnectionradio.com Strongman Chris Wonder Schoeck. (chriswonderschoeck.com) with amazing feats of strength live in studio Wrestler Chris Michaels w AJ Pan, Peter Rosado, Sensei Jim Londos Comic Steve Esposito The music and fashion of Timothy Dark and JP Zarka’s Sullivan Avenue #TimothyDark, #HipHop, #ProWrestlingStories, #Strongmen, #FeatsOfStrength, #BCW, #BriiCombinationWrestling, #GunControl, #Ageism, #WWE, #EliminationChamber, #IndieWrestling
Mat Fraser, star of "American Horror Story: Freak Show" headlines an all-star variety show that's just one of the myriad attractions at our centennial blow-out tomorrow night! Will YOU be there?
Friends of the Coney Island Museum! The Museum could use donations of certain (new or used) electronics, especially Mac laptops or Ipads, to assist with presentations in "Ask the Experts" and the Congress of Curious Peoples, etc. Such donations are tax-deductible for the amount of their fair market value. Please let us know if you're able to help in this area. Thanks!
For those who missed my talk today (and those who didnt), a list of amazing Coney Island movie links: