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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What is it about Mars? From this vintage postcard, “A Trip to Mars By Aeroplane, Coney Island, NY” (c.1912), to today’s ...
04/27/2021

What is it about Mars? From this vintage postcard, “A Trip to Mars By Aeroplane, Coney Island, NY” (c.1912), to today’s Perseverance rover, humans have enjoyed a fascination with the red planet (...and its inhabitants). Author Marc Hartzman will be tomorrow’s featured guest on the Coney Island Museum’s ”Ask the Experts” series. Join us at 7pm, on Zoom, for a lively discussion on Mars, sideshow, and all things weird! For more info and tickets: https://www.coneyisland.com/event/asktheexpertsmarchartzman #coneyislandmuseum #coneyislandusa #marchartzman #mars #chasingghosts #americansideshow #olivercromwellshead #brooklyn #weird #keepingitinteresting #youneverknow #weirdscience #asktheexperts #historyalive

What is it about Mars? From this vintage postcard, “A Trip to Mars By Aeroplane, Coney Island, NY” (c.1912), to today’s Perseverance rover, humans have enjoyed a fascination with the red planet (...and its inhabitants). Author Marc Hartzman will be tomorrow’s featured guest on the Coney Island Museum’s ”Ask the Experts” series. Join us at 7pm, on Zoom, for a lively discussion on Mars, sideshow, and all things weird! For more info and tickets: https://www.coneyisland.com/event/asktheexpertsmarchartzman #coneyislandmuseum #coneyislandusa #marchartzman #mars #chasingghosts #americansideshow #olivercromwellshead #brooklyn #weird #keepingitinteresting #youneverknow #weirdscience #asktheexperts #historyalive

#preservationweek2021 It’s not always pretty, but it’s the most important part of a museum- the archives! The Coney Isla...
04/26/2021

#preservationweek2021 It’s not always pretty, but it’s the most important part of a museum- the archives! The Coney Island Museum is committed to preserving the history of the People’s Playground for visitors and scholars, and is constantly working to upgrade our facilities and improve our practices. You can help by making a donation: https://coneyisland.networkforgood.com/projects/57190-the-coney-island-museum. Hope to see you soon! #coneyislandmuseum #coneyislandusa #coneyisland #boardwalk #amusementpark #peoplesplayground #preservation #vintage #archive #history #historyalive

#preservationweek2021 It’s not always pretty, but it’s the most important part of a museum- the archives! The Coney Island Museum is committed to preserving the history of the People’s Playground for visitors and scholars, and is constantly working to upgrade our facilities and improve our practices. You can help by making a donation: https://coneyisland.networkforgood.com/projects/57190-the-coney-island-museum. Hope to see you soon! #coneyislandmuseum #coneyislandusa #coneyisland #boardwalk #amusementpark #peoplesplayground #preservation #vintage #archive #history #historyalive

#happyearthday🌎 This postcard image, c.1941, reminds us of the beauty of Nature, how we are all connected, and the impor...
04/22/2021

#happyearthday🌎 This postcard image, c.1941, reminds us of the beauty of Nature, how we are all connected, and the importance of cherishing and protecting this amazing world we all share. #earthday #coneyislandmuseum #coneyislandusa #coneyisland #coneyislandbeach #nature #protecttheearth #protecttheoceans #motherearth #wereallinthistogether #historyalive

#happyearthday🌎 This postcard image, c.1941, reminds us of the beauty of Nature, how we are all connected, and the importance of cherishing and protecting this amazing world we all share. #earthday #coneyislandmuseum #coneyislandusa #coneyisland #coneyislandbeach #nature #protecttheearth #protecttheoceans #motherearth #wereallinthistogether #historyalive

Tonight’s the night! Stefan Falke’s photographs have been exhibited and lauded in galleries around the world. He’ll be j...
04/21/2021

Tonight’s the night! Stefan Falke’s photographs have been exhibited and lauded in galleries around the world. He’ll be joining the Coney Island Museum tonight at 7pm, live on Zoom, for “Ask the Experts”! Stefan will be talking about his latest book, “Keep Going New York!”, which is filled with startling images of NYC’s empty landscape - including Coney Island- taken during the Covid-19 pandemic. We hope to see you there! For more information and tickets:
https://www.coneyisland.com/event/asktheexpertsstefanfalke #coneyislandmuseum #coneyislandusa #coneyislandusagiftshop #stefanfalke #photography #nyc #nycphotographer #brooklyn #coneyisland #streetsofny #cityscape #amusementpark #peoplesplayground #historyalive

Tonight’s the night! Stefan Falke’s photographs have been exhibited and lauded in galleries around the world. He’ll be joining the Coney Island Museum tonight at 7pm, live on Zoom, for “Ask the Experts”! Stefan will be talking about his latest book, “Keep Going New York!”, which is filled with startling images of NYC’s empty landscape - including Coney Island- taken during the Covid-19 pandemic. We hope to see you there! For more information and tickets:
https://www.coneyisland.com/event/asktheexpertsstefanfalke #coneyislandmuseum #coneyislandusa #coneyislandusagiftshop #stefanfalke #photography #nyc #nycphotographer #brooklyn #coneyisland #streetsofny #cityscape #amusementpark #peoplesplayground #historyalive

Artist, historian, and educator, Dr. Toni-Lee Sangastiano will be this week’s featured guest on Ask the Experts, Wednesd...
04/11/2021

Artist, historian, and educator, Dr. Toni-Lee Sangastiano will be this week’s featured guest on Ask the Experts, Wednesday, April 14, at 7pm. She’ll be talking about how Coney Island influenced her art, her love of sideshow, and what new projects she’s working on. For more information and tickets: https://www.coneyisland.com/eventasktheexpertstonileesangastiano. Ticket sales close at 5pm. We hope to see you there! #coneyislandmuseum #coneyislandusa #coneyislandusagiftshop #tonileesangastiano #sideshows #sideshowbanner #artist #coneyisland #historyalive

Artist, historian, and educator, Dr. Toni-Lee Sangastiano will be this week’s featured guest on Ask the Experts, Wednesday, April 14, at 7pm. She’ll be talking about how Coney Island influenced her art, her love of sideshow, and what new projects she’s working on. For more information and tickets: https://www.coneyisland.com/eventasktheexpertstonileesangastiano. Ticket sales close at 5pm. We hope to see you there! #coneyislandmuseum #coneyislandusa #coneyislandusagiftshop #tonileesangastiano #sideshows #sideshowbanner #artist #coneyisland #historyalive

Many thanks to everyone who Zoomed in for last night’s “Ask the Experts”, and apologies for the technical glitches! We h...
04/08/2021

Many thanks to everyone who Zoomed in for last night’s “Ask the Experts”, and apologies for the technical glitches! We hope to see you all next week! #coneyislandmuseum #coneyislandusa #coneyislandusagiftshop #brooklyn #asktheexperts #amusementparks #amusementrides #coneyisland #historyalive

Many thanks to everyone who Zoomed in for last night’s “Ask the Experts”, and apologies for the technical glitches! We hope to see you all next week! #coneyislandmuseum #coneyislandusa #coneyislandusagiftshop #brooklyn #asktheexperts #amusementparks #amusementrides #coneyisland #historyalive

Tomorrow night (4/7), at 7pm, Coney Island Museum Curator Lisa Mangels-Schaefer will be the featured guest on Ask the Ex...
04/06/2021

Tomorrow night (4/7), at 7pm, Coney Island Museum Curator Lisa Mangels-Schaefer will be the featured guest on Ask the Experts- live on Zoom!
Lisa will be sharing the stories and images that define her family’s contributions to the historic amusement district, and the industry it gave birth to. For more info and tickets go to: https://www.coneyisland.com/event/asktheexpertslisamangelsschaefer #coneyislandmuseum #coneyislandusa #brooklyn #coneyisland #amusementpark #steeplechase #lunapark #dreamland #astroland #amusementride #carousel #innovator #inventor #manufacturer #historian #wfmangels #historyalive

Tomorrow night (4/7), at 7pm, Coney Island Museum Curator Lisa Mangels-Schaefer will be the featured guest on Ask the Experts- live on Zoom!
Lisa will be sharing the stories and images that define her family’s contributions to the historic amusement district, and the industry it gave birth to. For more info and tickets go to: https://www.coneyisland.com/event/asktheexpertslisamangelsschaefer #coneyislandmuseum #coneyislandusa #brooklyn #coneyisland #amusementpark #steeplechase #lunapark #dreamland #astroland #amusementride #carousel #innovator #inventor #manufacturer #historian #wfmangels #historyalive

We’re welcoming in April with this vintage postcard featuring Dreamland’s “Foolish House”. Don’t fall for any pranks tod...
04/01/2021

We’re welcoming in April with this vintage postcard featuring Dreamland’s “Foolish House”. Don’t fall for any pranks today- and stay healthy and safe! We’re looking forward to the day we can all be together in Coney Island! #coneyislandmuseum #coneyislandusa #coneyisland #dreamland #brooklyn #aprilfools #vintagepostcards #staysafe #seeyousoon #historyalive

We’re welcoming in April with this vintage postcard featuring Dreamland’s “Foolish House”. Don’t fall for any pranks today- and stay healthy and safe! We’re looking forward to the day we can all be together in Coney Island! #coneyislandmuseum #coneyislandusa #coneyisland #dreamland #brooklyn #aprilfools #vintagepostcards #staysafe #seeyousoon #historyalive

03/30/2021

Is our Sideshows by the Seashore Theatre haunted?? Join Paranormal Investigator Vinny Carbone and host Adam Realman this Wednesday, March 31st at 7pm, ET to find out! You'll watch their investigation and right after, they'll take your questions! Don't miss it!

Tickets are $5 and available at:
https://www.coneyisland.com/event/asktheexpertsvinnycarbone

#paranormal #paranormalinvestigation #paranormalactivity #paranormalinvestigator #ConeyIslandUSA #coneyislandmuseum #sideshowsbytheseashore #coneyisland #coneyislandcircussideshow #Brooklyn #NYC

Dick Zigun, the unelected Mayor of Coney Island, and Founder/Artistic Director of Coney Island USA, will be this week’s ...
03/24/2021

Dick Zigun, the unelected Mayor of Coney Island, and Founder/Artistic Director of Coney Island USA, will be this week’s special guest on “Ask the Experts”. Join the Coney Island Museum on Zoom, tonight at 7pm, and take advantage of this opportunity to ask Dick...anything!!! More info and tickets here: https://www.coneyisland.com/event/asktheexpertsdickzigun #coneyislandmuseum #coneyislandusa #coneyislandusagiftshop #brooklyn #beach #coneyisland #funhousephilosophers #sideshow #performanceart #oldtimer #historyalive

Dick Zigun, the unelected Mayor of Coney Island, and Founder/Artistic Director of Coney Island USA, will be this week’s special guest on “Ask the Experts”. Join the Coney Island Museum on Zoom, tonight at 7pm, and take advantage of this opportunity to ask Dick...anything!!! More info and tickets here: https://www.coneyisland.com/event/asktheexpertsdickzigun #coneyislandmuseum #coneyislandusa #coneyislandusagiftshop #brooklyn #beach #coneyisland #funhousephilosophers #sideshow #performanceart #oldtimer #historyalive

Happy Spring! Happy #womenshistorymonth ! Meet Vivian, Flo, Norma, and Grace- 4 spirited young women enjoying their day ...
03/21/2021

Happy Spring! Happy #womenshistorymonth ! Meet Vivian, Flo, Norma, and Grace- 4 spirited young women enjoying their day in Coney Island, c.1931. Studio photo postcards like this one show us just a few of the many millions of faces that have smiled during their visit to the People’s Playground. We hope to see your smiling faces back in Coney Island in 2021! #coneyislandmuseum #coneyislandusa #women #wecandoit💪 #girlpower #wellbehavedwomenrarelymakehistory #brooklyn #amusementpark #vintagefashion #vintagephotography #vintagepostcard #girlsjustwannahavefun #historyalive

Happy Spring! Happy #womenshistorymonth ! Meet Vivian, Flo, Norma, and Grace- 4 spirited young women enjoying their day in Coney Island, c.1931. Studio photo postcards like this one show us just a few of the many millions of faces that have smiled during their visit to the People’s Playground. We hope to see your smiling faces back in Coney Island in 2021! #coneyislandmuseum #coneyislandusa #women #wecandoit💪 #girlpower #wellbehavedwomenrarelymakehistory #brooklyn #amusementpark #vintagefashion #vintagephotography #vintagepostcard #girlsjustwannahavefun #historyalive

03/16/2021

Roberta Bayley has taken amazing photos throughout her career, including this incredible shot of Coney Island USA Presents: The Mermaid Parade Queen Mermaid Deborah Harry of Blondie right here in Coney Island!

Join us this Wednesday, March 17th at 7pm, ET for the Coney Island Museum's Ask The Experts on Zoom for a screening of the 33 minute Documentary “Roberta Bayley: She Just Takes Pictures”, a film by Beth Lasch, highlighting Roberta’s punk era photography from 1975 to 1986. Followed by a Q+A with Roberta and Beth, hosted by Adam Realman!

Tickets are $5 and available at:
https://www.coneyisland.com/event/asktheexpertsbayleylasch

#punkrock #photography #documentaryfilm #cbgbs #NYC #nycphotography #rocknroll #rockphotography #punkrockphotography #coneyislandmuseum #ConeyIslandUSA #coneyisland #punkmusic #punkrockers #theramones #newyorkdolls #blondie #iggypop #TheClash #womenartists

Tonight muralist extraordinaire Danielle Mastrion will join the Coney Island Museum for Ask the Experts. Danielle is a m...
03/10/2021

Tonight muralist extraordinaire Danielle Mastrion will join the Coney Island Museum for Ask the Experts. Danielle is a much-loved figure in our Coney Island neighborhood, and her amazing murals can be seen throughout Coney Island, NYC, and around the world! For more information and tickets: https://www.coneyisland.com/event/asktheexpertsdaniellemastrion #coneyislandmuseum #coneyislandusa #daniellemastrion #grrlpower #womeninculture #womenshistorymonth #beautyinart #painting #muralart #coneyisland #beach #boardwalk #colorful #historyalive

Tonight muralist extraordinaire Danielle Mastrion will join the Coney Island Museum for Ask the Experts. Danielle is a much-loved figure in our Coney Island neighborhood, and her amazing murals can be seen throughout Coney Island, NYC, and around the world! For more information and tickets: https://www.coneyisland.com/event/asktheexpertsdaniellemastrion #coneyislandmuseum #coneyislandusa #daniellemastrion #grrlpower #womeninculture #womenshistorymonth #beautyinart #painting #muralart #coneyisland #beach #boardwalk #colorful #historyalive

“...Though she be but little she is fierce...” A line of Shakespeare that could have been written for Elizabeth, “The Li...
03/08/2021

“...Though she be but little she is fierce...” A line of Shakespeare that could have been written for Elizabeth, “The Living Doll”. At 20 years old, standing 37” tall, she was a star of the Dreamland Circus Sideshow, circa 1913. #choosetochallenge #iwd2021 #internationalwomensday #coneyislandmuseum #coneyislandusa #brooklyn #dreamland #borndifferent #grrlpower #wecandoit💪 #womeninculture #womenshistorymonth #historyalive

“...Though she be but little she is fierce...” A line of Shakespeare that could have been written for Elizabeth, “The Living Doll”. At 20 years old, standing 37” tall, she was a star of the Dreamland Circus Sideshow, circa 1913. #choosetochallenge #iwd2021 #internationalwomensday #coneyislandmuseum #coneyislandusa #brooklyn #dreamland #borndifferent #grrlpower #wecandoit💪 #womeninculture #womenshistorymonth #historyalive

Greetings From Coney Island, N.Y., c.1912, where it’s apparent that even in the Victorian era women could paddle their o...
03/07/2021

Greetings From Coney Island, N.Y., c.1912, where it’s apparent that even in the Victorian era women could paddle their own boats! #womenshistorymonth #coneyislandmuseum #coneyislandusa #wecandoit💪 #girlpower #womenempowerment #womeninculture #brooklyn #coneyisland #vintagepostcard #girlpower💪 #historyalive

Greetings From Coney Island, N.Y., c.1912, where it’s apparent that even in the Victorian era women could paddle their own boats! #womenshistorymonth #coneyislandmuseum #coneyislandusa #wecandoit💪 #girlpower #womenempowerment #womeninculture #brooklyn #coneyisland #vintagepostcard #girlpower💪 #historyalive

Betty Boop, Popeye, and Koko the Clown- all the offspring of Brooklyn’s own Max Fleischer, one of the “Wild Minds” of ea...
03/03/2021

Betty Boop, Popeye, and Koko the Clown- all the offspring of Brooklyn’s own Max Fleischer, one of the “Wild Minds” of early animation, which author Reid Mitenbuler will be discussing tomorrow evening as part of the Coney Island Museum’s Ask the Experts lecture series. Join us at 7pm, on Zoom, for a fascinating program. For more information and tickets go to :
https://www.coneyisland.com/eventasktheexpertsreidmitenbuler #coneyislandmuseum #coneyislandusa #brooklyn#animation #cartoon #classiccartoons #bettyboop #popeye #kokotheclown #art #kitsch #retro #campy #maxfleischer #wildminds #historyalive

In honor of #internationalpolarbearday, we offer this vintage postcard from Bostock’s Animal Arena in Dreamland, featuri...
02/27/2021

In honor of #internationalpolarbearday, we offer this vintage postcard from Bostock’s Animal Arena in Dreamland, featuring “Mlle. Aurora and Her Polar Bears”, and “The Animal Avalanche". We applaud the reversal of societal attitudes regarding the exploitation of animals, but so much more work needs to be done to preserve these beautiful creatures, and their dwindling habitat. We’re also very fond of Coney Island’s own brand of “Polar Bears", and grateful for their support! #coneyislandmuseum #coneyislandusa #globalwarming #savetheplanet #polarbear #coneyislandpolarbearclub #brooklyn #beach #historyalive

In honor of #internationalpolarbearday, we offer this vintage postcard from Bostock’s Animal Arena in Dreamland, featuring “Mlle. Aurora and Her Polar Bears”, and “The Animal Avalanche". We applaud the reversal of societal attitudes regarding the exploitation of animals, but so much more work needs to be done to preserve these beautiful creatures, and their dwindling habitat. We’re also very fond of Coney Island’s own brand of “Polar Bears", and grateful for their support! #coneyislandmuseum #coneyislandusa #globalwarming #savetheplanet #polarbear #coneyislandpolarbearclub #brooklyn #beach #historyalive

RIP Lawrence Ferlinghetti (1919-2021), poet and publisher.
02/23/2021

RIP Lawrence Ferlinghetti (1919-2021), poet and publisher.

RIP Lawrence Ferlinghetti (1919-2021), poet and publisher.

Hey ho, let's go. This Wednesday evening, the Coney Island Museum welcomes legendary photographer David Godlis. He'll be...
02/23/2021

Hey ho, let's go. This Wednesday evening, the Coney Island Museum welcomes legendary photographer David Godlis. He'll be sharing some rarely seen photos of Coney Island, the CBGB punk scene, and NYC in all its gritty glory. For tickets and more info, go to: https://www.coneyisland.com/event/asktheexpertsdavidgodlis #coneyislandmuseum #coneyislandusa #davidgodlis #photography #photographer #blackandwhite #nycphotography #punkrock #cbgbomfug #urbanlandscape #gritty #coneyisland #historyalive

Hey ho, let's go. This Wednesday evening, the Coney Island Museum welcomes legendary photographer David Godlis. He'll be sharing some rarely seen photos of Coney Island, the CBGB punk scene, and NYC in all its gritty glory. For tickets and more info, go to: https://www.coneyisland.com/event/asktheexpertsdavidgodlis #coneyislandmuseum #coneyislandusa #davidgodlis #photography #photographer #blackandwhite #nycphotography #punkrock #cbgbomfug #urbanlandscape #gritty #coneyisland #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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cuz some folks asked -- the text of my presentation in the event a few weeks back. Merry Christmas to all!
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!