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The City Reliquary

Closed Now: 12:00 - 18:00
Open today: 12:00 - 18:00
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A must see for everyone especially Brooklynites.

Small museum but jam packed with memorabilia. Very interesting and very nostalgic. Brought back so... read more

Reviewed 28 September 2018
Staten Island
QWERky small museum. With many unknown facts

Great. Place to spend a few hours learning about oddities if the city and mementos of World fairs... read more

Reviewed 13 September 2018
New York City, New York
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The City Reliquary Museum & Civic Organization houses the unusual artifacts that embody the unique history of New York City. The permanent collection and special exhibitions celebrate the everyday ephemera that has defined New York, and New Yorkers...more
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370 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211-8458
+1 718-782-4842
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Reviewed 28 September 2018

Small museum but jam packed with memorabilia. Very interesting and very nostalgic. Brought back so many memories.

1  Thank 625joannm
Reviewed 13 September 2018 via mobile

Great. Place to spend a few hours learning about oddities if the city and mementos of World fairs of. 1939. And 1964 . Lots of. small items and lots of reading materials. Great for trivia. People and I found it interesting. A bit difficult to...More

Thank Allansha
Reviewed 11 June 2018

This is a great example of a hyper-local experience. The museum is not large, basically two rooms and a garden, but the amount of items on display are staggering. You can honestly spend hours peering in the cases and reading the display notes. Best be...More

Thank Matthew F
Reviewed 29 April 2018

Neat little place worth an hour of your time to look at NYC trivia and memorabilia from 1964 Worlds Fair posters to reporposed trash outside in the courtyard. A fine place to add to your trivia knowledge and have some insight into the past of...More

1  Thank sid a
Reviewed 31 March 2018

It had a lot of interesting NY knickknacks Some stuff from the 39 and 64 World's Fairs as well. It is quite small and because it's located in Williamsburg not the easiest part of Brooklyn to get to but if you have access to the...More

Thank Cassysj
Reviewed 7 March 2018

I saw this place listed in a travel book and decided to visit. The memorabilia and unique NY vintage and "trash" items are pretty cool. The exhibit about the history of garbage collection in NYC is small but informative. I definitely recommend visiting this place...More

1  Thank Arissa P
Reviewed 10 December 2017 via mobile

Cute little place. Not only lots of curious nick nacks, some great history about how New York grappled with and eventually solved (sort of) their addiction to generating waste. Don't miss the shrine to Lady Liberty in the courtyard.

1  Thank Dave M
Reviewed 8 December 2017

If you are a New Yorker, this a museum worth checking out. It's definitely small, but has a lot to see. There are difference artifacts from different eras and places in NYC history, and there is even a scavenger hunt card pack you can get...More

Thank schmayla98
Reviewed 29 November 2017

I recommend this strange little place if you find yourself in Williamsburg. It's full of odd collections that would otherwise be overlooked. When I was there, it featured a tribute to landfills, a collection of seltzer bottles, a list of prominent vermin, and a lightbulb...More

Thank Stinton
Reviewed 21 August 2017 via mobile

I saw the city reliquary in a book about little-known sights in New York. It is probably more interesting for visitors than natives. My wife and I spent 30 minutes there. If we were spending the day in Williamsburg it would have been okay but...More

1  Thank Roberta S
Sarah C, Assistant Director at The City Reliquary, responded to this reviewResponded 23 August 2017

We're sorry you didn't enjoy your visit as much as you had expected to, Roberta--even though you say it raised happy memories for you. Did you take advantage of our scavenger hunt/collection guide? Many visitors have told us how much it enhanced their visit. We...More

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Response from tcorn1 | Reviewed this property |
Took the L train over from manhatten and walked a little. Not bad, even in the rain.