Brooklyn Museum of Art
Brooklyn Museum of Art is home to more than one million paintings, sculptures, photographs and artefacts from the 17th - 20th centuries
Housed in a majestic Beaux-Arts building situated between Prospect Park and the Botanic Gardens, the Brooklyn Museum of Art is New York City's second largest museum with a permanent collection as culturally and historically significant as The Met. Only a half hour subway ride from midtown, the museum is home to more than one million paintings, sculptures, photographs and artefacts from the 17th - 20th centuries, including masterpieces by Monet, Degas and Picasso and an expansive assortment of African, Asian and Pacific Islander art. The Brooklyn Museum of Art's installation of ancient Egyptian art is world renowned with many of the items being unearthed by museum curators on annual excavations. In 2007, the Brooklyn Museum of Art opened one of the country's premier centres for feminist art.
Docents at the Brooklyn Museum of Art conduct a wide array of daily public tours and audio tours are available. Visitors are encouraged to utilise the free public Wi-Fi throughout the museum and sculpture gardens. Self guided Smartphone tours are available for download that personalise your tour as you wander through the galleries and offers recommendations based on your preferences. The Brooklyn Museum of Art's blog also provides a platform for interaction between Museum staff and the public providing a behind-the-scenes insight.
On the first Saturday of the month, the Brooklyn Museum of Art attracts thousands of visitors with free cultural programs and entertainment from 5:00pm - 11:00pm. First Saturdays are not your traditional museum experience; more of a party atmosphere with a cash bar, it is one of the museum's most successful programs, so be sure to line up for tickets early to avoid disappointment.
No outside food is allowed on the grounds, but the Museum Cafe offers a full menu of hot and cold entrees and Starbuck's coffee.
Cost: Free, see website for suggested donation structure
Hours:Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday 11:00am - 6:00pm; Thursday and Friday 11:00am - 10:00pm; Closed Mondays, Tuesdays and Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.
Website: Brooklyn Museum of Art
Address: 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn
Nearby attractions: Prospect Park, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Academy of Music