Tue and Sat-Sun, 2:30pm-4:30pm; Mon and Wed-Fri, by appointment
7 at Flushing-Main St.
$5, $3 students and seniors, free for members
For a well-rounded history on Queens, stop by this city landmark located in Kingsland Homestead, a two-and-a-half-story, post-colonial farmhouse built in the 18th century and now surrounded by a park and residential neighborhood. In 1968, a 19-year-old Queens College student named Abram Wolfson decided to start a society to help preserve the rich history of the borough. As a result, objects in the permanent collection have more historical significance than monetary or artistic value—such as the belongings of the Murray family, who occupied the house for 80 years. On its 35th anniversary the society temporarily displayed artifacts from the borough’s three century history including an original Rockaways’ Playland sign from 1950 and deeds on slaves in Newtown. Don’t expect much from the rickety pale yellow structure, as historians and caretakers have yet to complete minor renovations and finish displaying its permanent collection on the main floor. The space is mainly used to store old documents, hold meetings, lectures and other events.Tours
Docent-led and self-guided tours are free with museum admission; group tours are available by appointment only.