Bronx Zoo | Gorillas, Tigers & Pengins, Oh My!

by NYJ Team

The Bronx Zoo is the world’s largest metropolitan zoo. More than 6,000 animals from about 650 species call this zoo home. The Bronx River flows through the 265 acres of parklands and habitats of the Bronx Zoo, which is managed along with the Central Park Zoo and the New York Aquarium by the Wildlife Conversation Society.

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Major Exhibits

One of the most popular attractions at the Bronx Zoo is the Congo Gorilla Forest, which features gorillas in 6.5 acres of rainforest. You will experience what it’s like in the heart of Africa as you explore treetop lookouts, walk through canopies of leaves and go nose-to-nose with these majestic creatures under sprays of mist.

Jungle World features a tropical Asian jungle with a warm temperature suited to animals like otters and gibbons. This attraction features hundreds of creatures that live in mangroves and a pond with a waterfall where you can sit and watch giant gourami and Fly River turtles swim by.

Located on a woodland that recreates the Russian Far East, Tiger Mountain is the showcase of the Bronx Zoo’s animal enrichment program. Visitors can get right up close to Siberian tigers and watch them behave as they would in their natural habitat, stalking a deer hide, cooling down n their swimming hole, or having a snack.

Interact with the Animals

Get up close and personal with the wildlife at the Bronx Zoo. You can saddle up and ride a camel around the Wild Asia Plaza; camel rides can accommodate one adult or up to three children. Or watch the Magellanic penguins come out of their dens for their daily feeding in the Russell B. Aitken Sea Bird Colony. The penguins bob for their fish daily at 3:30pm. And one of the most popular attractions at the zoo are the California sea lion feedings, which take place twice a day in the sea lion pool along with training demonstrations.

Children’s Zoo

Open from April to October, the children’s zoo spans three-acres and features a wide variety of kids’ activities. Children can experience animal habitats firsthand and feed grain to goats, sheep, and llamas in the barn area. At the end of your visit, your little one can even pose with an animal for a keepsake photo at the photo booth.

Birthday Parties at the Bronx Zoo

Host the birthday party of a lifetime for your little animal lover! The zoo with its amazing exhibits is the perfect venue for a birthday party for your two to 12 year old. A private party room is provided along with fun party activities and an exciting up-close visit to an exhibit.

Programs and Tours

The Bronx Zoo’s mission is to connect people to wild nature and to learn the importance of protecting the natural world. The zoo features many exciting interactive programs for both youth and adults. From guided tours to family overnight stays to meeting zoo experts for an inside look at the exhibits, these engaging offers teach people of all ages about wildlife and their habitats.

Visiting the Bronx Zoo

The Bronx Zoo is located at 2300 Southern Blvd. The BxM11 express bus travels from Manhattan to the Bronx Zoo, stopping along Madison Avenue then traveling directly to the zoo’s entrance at the Bronx River.

The zoo’s main restaurant is open all year round and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Spanning 17,500 square-feet, it features indoor and outdoor seating that overlooks a natural marsh. There is seating available for visitors who have brought their lunch.

For more information on planning your trip to the Bronx Zoo, e-mail or call (718) 220-5100.

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Brooklyn Museum | A Diverse Collection of Art & Sculpture

by NYJ Team

New York City boasts an incomparable collection of premier art museums, and the Brooklyn Museum is one of the largest and most important. Half a million visitors make this museum their destination each year.

Located about a half an hour from midtown Manhattan, the Brooklyn Museum is the second-largest museum in New York City. It showcases a permanent collection of more than one and a half million objects including a celebrated collection of mummies, feminist art and buzzed-about temporary exhibitions.

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The World on Display
The Brooklyn Museum is known for its diverse collections of art and sculpture reflecting a wide range cultures. From its renowned massive collection of Egyptian and African art to the Asian and Islamic collections, the museum features a rich representation of the painting, sculpture and wall reliefs from many different heritages.

Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art
Opened in 2007, this 8,300-square-foot space houses a gallery which is devoted to Judy Chicago’s celebrated work “The Dinner Party” and presents exhibitions which highlight the women that are represented in this installation artwork. The Elizabeth A. Sackler Center features a regular schedule of feminist art exhibitions and also houses a study area.

Historical Rooms
History buffs will be absolutely captivated by the historical rooms housed in the decorative- arts collection in the Brooklyn Museum. The 28 American period rooms range from 1675 to 1928 and include the extravagant Moorish-style smoking room from John D. Rockefeller’s 54th St. Mansion.

The Mummy Chamber
The Brooklyn Museum boasts a world-famous collection of mummies. This long-term installation in the Egyptian Galleries explores the rituals behind mummification. On display is a fascinating collection of Egyptian material including the mummy of Hor, the mummy of the priest Thothirdes and a Book of the Dead scroll over twenty feet long.

Temporary Exhibitions
The Brooklyn Museum hosts an exciting schedule of temporary exhibits that showcase many different types of art from crafts to sculpture. Just one of the many inspired exhibitions presented by the museum include “The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk”. This multimedia exhibition is dedicated to the iconic French couturier and the inspirations behind his groundbreaking creations.

Education and Events
brFrom Pulitzer Prize award-winning photographer Carolyn Cole giving talks about her work, to the Children’s Book Fair, to workshops led by the award-winning poet Sonia Sanchez, the Brooklyn Museum hosts a diverse selection of programs and events. The popular Target First Saturdays event features free art and entertainment programs on the first Saturday of the month, with museum hours extended to 11pm.

About the Building
The Brooklyn Museum opened its door in 1897. It is one of the oldest museums in the country. Housed in a 560,000 square foot Beaux-Arts building, the museum is surrounded by lovely parks and gardens including Prospect Park, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and the Prospect Park Zoo.

Visiting the Brooklyn Museum
The Brooklyn Museum is located at 200 Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn, New York, about a 30 minute subway ride from midtown Manhattan.

The 1st Floor features the Arts of Africa collection and the Steinberg Family Sculpture Garden.

The 2nd Floor houses the Arts of Asia and the Islamic World collections.

The 3rd Floor features Egyptian Art and European Paintings.

The 4th Floor presents Contemporary Art, Decorative Arts and the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art.

The 5th Floor houses the Luce Center for American Art.

Dining onsite includes The Counter café and the Michelin-starred Saul restaurant and bar.

For more information and detailed directions, call (718) 638-5000 or visit the official Brooklyn Museum website. You can also follow the Brooklyn Museum on Twitter @brooklynmuseum.

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