The City Reliquary Museum and Civic Organization

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 (Photograph: Henry Hargreaves)
Photograph: Henry Hargreaves
The City Reliquary Museum (Photograph: Alex Strada)
Photograph: Alex Strada

This quirky institution houses all sorts of New York City ephemera, from old postcards featuring the Statue of Liberty to a vintage subway turnstile, as well as permanent exhibits on the history of burlesque in NYC and the 1939 World's Fair. The museum is also an active presence in the community, organizing special events (like a bike parade) and fund-raisers.

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The City Reliquary Museum and Civic Organization says
The City Reliquary Museum & Civic Organization houses the unusual artifacts that embody the unique history of New York City. From subway tokens to seltzer bottles to a shrine to Jackie Robinson, we specialize in the everyday ephemera that has defined New York, and New Yorkers, for generations.
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Venue name: The City Reliquary Museum and Civic Organization
Address: 370 Metropolitan Ave
Cross street: at Havemeyer St
Opening hours: Thu–Sun noon–6pm
Transport: Subway: L to Lorimer St, G to Metropolitan Ave
Price: $5; seniors, educators and students with valid ID $4; children under 12 free.
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Chloe W

I stumbled in here by accident and ended up staying because I had time to kill.  For five dollars and 30 minutes, this museum is definitely worth it - but be prepared for some weird stuff. Fortunately, it's the good kind of weird - a collection of traditional NYC greek coffee cups through the years, art from a local nonprofit, old subway tiles and signs, etc.  It's exactly the kind of museum in Brooklyn you'd expect to randomly find, and it's fascinating to look at. But - in all seriousness - this not the kind of place you take your parents to (especially not to use the bathroom).

Evelyn D

It was okay. I feel like I would've gotten more out of it if there had been a tour of some kind. Stopped in on a Saturday and took in all the little curious they have. A very small 2 room museum, cute and somewhat interesting. Lots of weird stuff like a collection of pencil sharpeners, artifacts from the World's Fairs and a petrified wedding cake.