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    Brooklyn Museum: how to visit the second largest museum in New York

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    If you love art you can't miss a visit to the Brooklyn Museum, the second largest art museum in New York after the Met and one of the largest in the United States.


    • What is the Brooklyn Museum
    • Where is it and how to get there
    • Tickets and Opening Hours
    • Why visit and what to see
    • Where to sleep in the area

    What is the Brooklyn Museum

    The Brooklyn Museum spans 52.000 square meters and you can admire its collections arranged in 5 different floors of a beautiful building in the Beaux-Arts neoclassical style. The museum is located in the Prospect Park area of ​​Brooklyn and can be reached in a short time by subway from Manhattan and other districts of New York.

    The museum was founded in the 1895 and hosts over 1.5 million works of art: from the finds of ancient Egypt to the artifacts of the Native Americans, from the works of art of Japan to those from the Pacific islands, from European art to that of the Islamic world. Inside the museum there is also an interesting collection on feminist art called the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art. In addition, there are over 300.000 volumes within the museum's libraries and archives.

    The temporary collections presented in recent years are also particularly popular: from Andy Warhol to Frida Kahlo, from Dior to Pierre Cardin, from Rembrandt and Picasso to David Bowie.

    Where is it and how to get there

    The Brooklyn Museum is located at 200 Eastern Parkway a Brooklyn. The museum is next to Prospect Park and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden that I suggest you visit: two green areas that will allow you to relax in nature and discover something more about plants, flowers and their ecosystems.

    The museum is easily accessible by public transport:

    • you can take the metro 2/3 and get off at Eastern Parkway / Brooklyn Museum, the stop located in front of the entrance, or
    • you can take the buses B41 and B69 and get off at Grand Army Plaza or number B45 e scendere a St. Johns Place and Washington Avenue.

    If you are in auto you can park it in the parking lot behind the museum on Washington Avenue. The car park is open from 7:00 am to 22:00 pm and the cost ranges from $ 7 for 1 hour to a maximum of $ 32 per day and is perfect if you want to visit the Brooklyn Museum, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Grand Army Plaza, the Brooklyn Library and Prospect Park.

    Finally, there is a parking lot for the bicycles behind the museum next to Sculpture Garden.

    As in Manhattan, even in Brooklyn the ideal is to move around by public transport and if you have time, read our guide on how to use the New York subway to save time and money.

    Tickets and Opening Hours

    The Brooklyn Museum is open year-round except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and January 1st. It has the following times:

    • Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday from 11:00 to 18:00,
    • Friday and Saturday from 11:00 to 20:00.

    On the first Saturday of the month, the museum has reduced hours, that is from 14:00 pm to 18:00 pm, while on Mondays and Tuesdays it is closed.

    The general admission, or the basic entrance ticket for the Brooklyn Museum, it's pay-what-you-wish, so you can make a donation at your convenience. Remember to book in advance to avoid possible queues or entry times that are not compatible with your plans for the day.

    In fairness, do not stray too far from the suggested price which is $ 16 per person and $ 10 for those over 65 and for people with disabilities (in this case, accompanying persons enter for free) and for students over 20 years of age.

    But be careful, because with the general admission you will not be able to access the temporary exhibitions which are often one of the most interesting parts of the visit. The ticket that also allows access to temporary exhibitions (check, of course, on the website which ones you are interested in before booking) costs:

    • $ 25 for adults,
    • $ 16 for students, over 65s and disabled people (carers get in for free)
    • $ 10 for children between 4 and 12 years old.

    The museum also offers tour of about 1 hour and 15 minutes at a cost of $ 300 for groups of up to 10 people for some of the museum's permanent collections and $ 400 for groups of up to 10 people for temporary exhibitions. Additionally, virtual tours are organized for $ 250 for groups of 10 to 40 people via Zoom.

    More info on tickets

    Why visit and what to see

    The Brooklyn Museum offers the opportunity to immerse yourself in over 5.000 years of artwork from all continents of the world.

    Al first floor find the Great Hall, some exhibition galleries, a restaurant, bathrooms and a gift shop and souvernir. On the south side there is also the Family Steinberg Statue Garden which houses decorative elements and statues from the period 1880 - 1910.

    Al second floor there is the extensive Arts of Asia collection with artifacts coming mainly from China and Japan, as well as other Asian nations. The Chinese works are among the oldest in the museum while the Japanese collection, with over 7.000 pieces, is one of the largest. Particularly interesting is the Ainu art. On this floor you will also find libraries and archives.

    Il third floor it houses various galleries for temporary exhibitions and one of the most popular collections: Ancient Egyptian Art with artifacts dating back over 3.000 years.

    Al fourth floor there are galleries for temporary exhibitions and the Sackler Center with exhibitions related to feminism and related art.

    Il fifth floor is dedicated to the American arts with a rich collection that includes paintings, portraits, prints and sculptures.

    The museum also has one of the largest collections of art from Africa, over 5.000 pieces, and was one of the first museums in the United States to dedicate an exhibition to this type of art in 1923.

    Where to sleep in the area

    If you are interested in finding accommodation in the area I suggest you read our tips on where to sleep in Brooklyn. If, on the other hand, you don't have special needs to stay on this side of the East River, I invite you to take a look at our guide on the best accommodations in the Big Apple.

    Our tips on where to sleep in New York

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