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Visit Brooklyn's Cabinet of Curiosities

Rated 4.88 out of 5 from 16 reviews.Brooklyn, United States

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Experience hosted by Beth

2 hours
Includes drinks
Up to 10 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

Unlock special after-hours access to the City Reliquary with a tour by its founder, Dave Herman. The City Reliquary is a not-for-profit museum in Brooklyn that connects visitors to the past and present of New York. On this exclusive tour, you’ll come to know our collection of obscure ephemera, containing anything that might tell you about the past and present of daily life in New York, from Greek coffee cups to terracotta fragments of landmark buildings. You'll learn about city infrastructure, prize-winning locals, historic scams, and landmarks both iconic and obscure, as well as how these collections came to be.

Afterwards, enjoy local beer in our treehouse bar (weather permitting).
Unlock special after-hours access to the City Reliquary with a tour by its founder, Dave Herman. The City Reliquary is a not-for-profit museum in Brooklyn that connects visitors to the past and present of New York. On this exclusive tour, you’ll come to know our collection of obscure ephemera, containing anything that might tell you about the past and present of daily life in New York, from Greek coffee cups to terracotta fragments of landmark bu…

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What's included

  • Drinks
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Meet your host, Beth

Host on Airbnb since 2019
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Hi. I'm Beth, a member of the Atlas Obscura community.

As the Assistant Director of the City Reliquary Museum, I've guided guests through our collection for four years. I constantly explore the city seeking obscure sights, street art, and DIY venues. The founder of the City Reliquary, Dave Herman, will join me for this experience. Dave started the City Reliquary in his living room in 2002 with his own collection of NYC relics, and has been working to preserve the minutiae of NYC history and visual culture ever since.
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About the organisation: The City Reliquary Museum



The City Reliquary Museum is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that preserves overlooked aspects of New York City's history through exhibits and annual cultural events. As a community space, it provides neighbors and visitors with a place to meet and to celebrate the diversity of New York City.

This is a social impact experience where 100% of what you pay for this experience goes to The City Reliquary Museum.

Where you'll be

Brooklyn has some great collections and some weird collections. The City Reliquary Museum is both. The City Reliquary Museum, located in Williamsburg, is a cabinet of curiosities containing artifacts, ephemera, relics and castoffs from all over New York City. Every item has a story to tell about the city, and you'll have the chance to hear them all.

Rated 4.88 out of 5 from 16 reviews.

Colleen
February 2020
Such a fascinating look at NYC history and culture. If you’re a long-time resident, you’ll be bowled over by nostalgia, and if you’re new to the city, it’s a great way to immerse yourself in what makes our town unique.
Beth
February 2020
While I was there I kept wondering if the City Reliquary is a companion experience to the Museum of the City NY, or if it is some kind of reactionary alternative. Maybe both? David is a passionate individual New Yorker (he went to art school and served as a firefighter -- did I hear that?). The collection is appealing from a both history/archeology point of view and a weird collector take on things. I guess if you like MCNY's "NY at Its Core"exhibition, or going to old thrift/antique stores, or are nostalgic for the NYC you arrived to (I remember when tokens came in plastic bags!) this is for you. Beth and David were great, welcoming, knowledgable and funny.
While I was there I kept wondering if the City Reliquary is a companion experience to the Museum of the City NY, or if it is some kind of reactionary alternative. Maybe both? David…
Cat
October 2019
What a great tour. It's not for everyone, but if you love NYC and crazy bits of the city's ephemera, come and have a guided tour. SO much packed into a small space,you need someone to make sense of it for you. Great fun.
Mary
September 2019
A great tour in a unique space. After the whole-group presentation, you can explore on your own and have individual questions answered. It was fun, informative and a wonderful experience.
Meghan
September 2019
Highly recommend this curated tour! A great way to learn about the history of the reliquary and get special insight into the exhibits. Ask all your questions! The small group format makes this tour highly personalized and gives you a chance to connect with other NYC history enthusiasts! Excited to check out other events at the reliquary!
Highly recommend this curated tour! A great way to learn about the history of the reliquary and get special insight into the exhibits. Ask all your questions! The small group forma…
Emily
September 2019
Really great experience - the City Reliquary has a ton of interesting stuff, and it was great to get more information about the museum and exhibits. Everyone was very open, knowledgeable and welcoming.

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests ages 12 and up can attend.

Alcohol

This experience includes alcohol. Only guests who meet the legal drinking age will be served alcoholic beverages.