Coney Island Family Day bannerNeed a quick getaway before the summer officially ends? Come join us at the Temple Railroad & Heritage Museums as we celebrate iconic Coney Island at our next Free Family Day on Saturday, September 1 with extended hours from 10am to 2pm! Indulge in favorite Coney Island foods with free popcorn and snowcones, boardwalk games and crafts, along with The Daniel G. Benes Science Show combining physics, high-voltage electricity, and chemical magic using scientific antiques to show off turn-of-last-century inventions! Fortune tellers and tattoo artists will be there for those venture off the boardwalk!

Admission will be free for the day to our new temporary exhibit, Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland! This traveling exhibition from NEH on the Road will be on display September 1 through October 20. The exhibit explores America’s playground as a place and as an idea. Topics include Coney Island’s place the American imagination, the historic rise of leisure activities, and Coney Island’s influence on amusement parks and popular culture throughout the country. Photographs, ephemera, film clips, and hands-on interactives immerse visitors in the experience of Coney Island. Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland can be viewed with regular admission to the museum, Tuesday – Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and is part of the regular schedule of changing exhibits at the museum.

The Temple Railroad and Heritage Museum hosts a Free Family Day event on the first Saturday of each month. Attendance to the event is free. Regular admission charges apply to view the rest of the museum. The museum is located in the Santa Fe Depot at 315 West Avenue B in downtown Temple. The museum is open 10am – 4pm, Tuesday – Saturday. For more information about our Family Days and our changing exhibit schedule at the Temple Railroad & Heritage Museum, please call 254.298.5172 or visit

This exhibition is made possible by NEH on the Road, a special initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities. It is adapted from the traveling exhibition Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland, 1861-2008 and organized by Robin Jaffee Frank, PH.D., former Chief Curator and Krieble Curator of American Paintings and Sculpture at the Wadsworth Antheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT. It was supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Henry Luce Foundation, and The Mr. and Mrs. Raymond J. Horowitz Foundation for the Arts, Inc. It was adapted and toured for NEH on the Road by Mid-America Arts Alliance.