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Brooklyn, New York

City Reliquary

Brooklyn has some great collections and some weird collections. This is both. 

After your trip to New York, no one is going to ask you if you saw the unicorn collection featured in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighborhood. But, you can tell them you saw it anyway and watch their eyes light up during your description of the City Reliquary.

With a permanent collection of odd New York mementos like subway rat bones, the Reliquary also features a community collection of basically anyone’s collection from the surrounding community.

That means that it is not limited to unicorn figurines, coins or anything else the organization finds interesting enough to put on display. You’ll find Statue of Liberty postcards, terracotta fragments of landmark buildings, subway tokens, geological core samples, paint chips from the L train platform and other New York City artifacts.

The museum began a window display in founder Dave Herman’s Williamsburg apartment on the corner of Havemeyer and Grand Streets. Herman painted directions to nearby landmarks and subways on the side of his apartment. The museum later relocated a few blocks to its current location where the collection kept growing.

For locals, a trip back many times will never disappoint or leave you bored.

Know Before You Go

Accessible from L Train at Bedford Avenue Station