2015 marks the 11th 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 2015!
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. The History Project is open weekends from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day from 1-7pm. We will also be open on Palm Sunday, March 29, which is Coney Island's Opening Day, and April 5, Easter Sunday, from 1-6pm. Admission is Free.
Visitors are invited to take free souvenir photos with an original Steeplechase horse from the legendary ride that gave Steeplechase Park its name, hand-painted figures from Astroland's Musik Express and other Coney Island artifacts.
based on History Project director Charles Denson's book Coney Island: Lost and Found are offered year-round on weekends. Tickets must be purchased in advance via our online reservation site.
Our first special exhibit of the 2015 season opens on Memorial Day Weekend. Details TBA.
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Open Weekends from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day 2015. Admission is Free.
- from May 23- September 5, Saturdays and Sundays, 1pm-7pm
- also open March 29 & April 5, Coney Island's Opening Day & Easter, 1pm-6pm
- also open May 25, Memorial Day (Monday), 1pm-7pm
- also open September 7, Labor Day (Monday), 1pm-7pm