Since the Coney Island History Project's inception in 2004 with a portable recording booth on the Boardwalk, followed by the opening of the Coney Island Hall of Fame in 2005 and the inaugural season of our exhibition center under the Cyclone in 2007, we have proudly offered "Free Admission for One and All!" at our exhibits and events.
In 2011, the History Project continued that tradition when we moved from the Cyclone to our new exhibition center in Deno's Wonder Wheel Park
. We are grateful to the Vourderis family for inviting us to set up history exhibits in locations around their park, and to the Albert family for their ongoing support as the History Project continues its mission of recording oral histories
with people who lived, worked, and played in Coney Island.
Our expanded exhibition center – newly rebuilt after Superstorm Sandy –
is located on West 12th Street at the entrance to Deno's Wonder Wheel
Park, just a few steps off the Boardwalk. View historic artifacts,
photographs, maps, ephemera and films of Coney Island's colorful past.
This year's exhibitions include the Storm, Coney Island Creek, The Wonder Wheel: Coney Island's Iconic Amusement Attraction, and The Curious Art of Larry Millard. Our
popular Steeplechase horse from the legendary ride that gave
Steeplechase Park its name will be on display again along with hand-painted figures from Astroland's Musik Express.