2014 marks the 10th anniversary of the Coney Island History Project! Since the 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.
Come visit us at the Wonder Wheel in 2014!
The Coney Island History Project's exhibition center 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.
Our first special exhibit of the 2014 season, opening on Memorial Day Weekend, will be The Face of Steeplechase: The Evolution of an Icon, in honor of the 50th anniversary of the closing of Steeplechase Park (1897-1964) and the 100th anniversary of the death of Steeplechase creator George C. Tilyou
(1862-1914). Additional exhibits include Coney Island's West End: Photographs by Charles Denson, William F Mangels: The Wizard of Eighth Street, and selections from Wonder Wheel Dreams, The Curious Art of Larry Millard and Abe Feinstein: 50 Years of Coney Island Photography.
Visitors are invited to take free souvenir photos with an original Steeplechase horse from the legendary ride that gave Steeplechase Park, the Spook-A-Rama Cyclops from the 1950s dark ride in Wonder Wheel Park, and hand-painted figures from Astroland's Musik Express. Walking Tours based on History Project director Charles Denson's book Coney Island: Lost and Found are offered on weekends by advance reservation.
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Admission is free
Open Weekends from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day 2014
- from May 24- August 30 Saturdays and Sundays, 12pm-6pm
- also open April 13 & April 20, Coney Island's Opening Day & Easter, 1pm-6pm
- also open May 26, Memorial Day (Monday), 12pm-6pm
- also open July 4 (Friday), 12pm-6pm
- also open September 1, Labor Day (Monday), 12pm-6pm