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.
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.
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.
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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