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Brooklyn Museum

Brooklyn Museum

The Brooklyn Museum, nestled beside the lush Prospect Park, invites you to dive into an artistic journey spanning from ancient Egyptian masterpieces to contemporary artworks. Whether you're an art aficionado or a casual visitor, this iconic museum promises an enriching experience that feels uniquely local.

The Brooklyn Museum in a nutshell…

The Brooklyn Museum is a gateway to the world of art, from ancient to modern times.

Location: 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, NY

Transportation: Accessible by subway (2, 3, 4, 5 trains), bus (B41, B69), and car.

Tickets: Available online and on-site; advanced purchase recommended.

Visiting Hours: Wednesday to Sunday, 11:00 am - 6:00 pm (open until 10:00 pm on Thursdays)

Imagine stepping into a world where art transcends time and space, welcoming you with the vibrancy of its diverse collections. The Brooklyn Museum, a treasure trove of over 1.5 million works, stands proudly as one of the largest and oldest museums in the United States. Here, you can marvel at the creations of Monet, Picasso, and Judy Chicago, each piece telling a story that crosses centuries and continents.

Founded on the rich heritage of the Brooklyn Library in 1823, the museum’s journey began as a hub for art exhibitions under the Brooklyn Institute. By 1897, the Brooklyn Museum had opened its doors in the Beaux-Arts style building we know today, adjacent to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. This architectural marvel, spanning 52,000 square meters, features the stunning Beaux-Arts Court, crowned with an eighteen-meter-high glass roof and an elegant brass chandelier.

For those who might feel overwhelmed by traditional museum visits, the Brooklyn Museum offers a welcoming atmosphere where locals love to linger. With nearby attractions like Prospect Park, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, and the Prospect Park Zoo, a visit here becomes more than just a day at the museum—it’s a chance to live and breathe the culture of Brooklyn.

Practical information

Planning your visit to the Brooklyn Museum is easy, and here’s all the info you’ll need to make your trip seamless and enjoyable.


The museum is located at 200 Eastern Parkway, in Brooklyn.

How to Get There

With easy access via various modes of transport and a range of ticket options to suit every need, planning your visit is straightforward. Let’s ensure your visit is as enjoyable and efficient as possible!


Arriving at the Brooklyn Museum is a breeze with the subway bringing you directly to its doorstep.

The most convenient lines are the 2, 3, 4, or 5 trains to the Eastern Parkway/Brooklyn Museum stop, or the S train to the Botanic Garden.

For those with accessibility needs, the Eastern Parkway/Brooklyn Museum station is wheelchair accessible, with connections available at Nevins Street and Atlantic Terminal-Barclays Center.


For bus travelers, several lines get you close to the museum. The B41 and B69 stop at Grand Army Plaza, and the B45 stops at St. Johns Place and Washington Avenue.


Purchasing your tickets in advance is highly recommended to guarantee entry, as the museum offers both untimed general admission and timed ticketed exhibitions.

Although there are some tickets available for same-day purchase, these are limited, so booking online is your best bet to avoid disappointment.

You can book online here .

Visiting Hours

Open to inspire art lovers and curious visitors, the museum welcomes guests Wednesday through Sunday.

Hours are from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm on most days, but on Thursdays, the museum stays open late until 10:00 pm, giving you extra time to explore after hours.

Remember, the museum is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Best time to visit

The best times to visit the Brooklyn Museum are weekday mornings or Thursday evenings when crowds are smaller, allowing for a more intimate viewing experience.

Tours and Experiences in Brooklyn

Brooklyn is not just a backdrop to Manhattan; it’s a vibrant borough with its own unique flavor and history. Whether you’re a local or just visiting for the day, immerse yourself in Brooklyn’s rich tapestry with tours that delve deep into its culinary, cultural, and artistic heritage. Experience the real Brooklyn through its food, history, and street art!

Brooklyn Scavenger Hunt: Soaring To New Heights

Enhance your visit with the Brooklyn Scavenger Hunt! This interactive tour lets you discover the landmarks and hidden gems of Brooklyn at your own pace.

Solve puzzles, answer trivia, and compete or collaborate with your team as you uncover fascinating insights about this vibrant borough. It’s a perfect way to combine fun and learning, making your visit to Brooklyn unforgettable.

New York: Food, History and Culture of Brooklyn Tour

Embark on a culinary adventure through Brooklyn and taste the best that this foodie haven has to offer. From New American delights to Middle Eastern spices and classic Italian dishes, this guided tour is a feast for the senses.

Savor an array of pastries, cheeses, and freshly baked bread as you learn about the neighborhood’s culinary history and the broader food culture of New York City. This tour is inclusive, catering to vegans, vegetarians, and those on a gluten-free diet. Enjoy intimate group settings with no more than 12 guests, or opt for a private tour tailored just for your group. With seven surprise food tastings equivalent to a full meal, drink samplings, and an area map, you’re set to continue exploring Brooklyn’s culinary landscape on your own.

Brooklyn Street Art Walking Tour

Discover the pulsating heart of Brooklyn’s street art scene in the Bushwick neighborhood. Known for its vibrant murals and eclectic urban art, this walking tour offers an insider’s look at the creative spirit that blankets everything from building walls to delivery trucks.

Learn about the artists behind the graffiti, identify unique styles, and hear stories about the influential Bushwick Collective and its role in the local arts community. This tour is an eye-opening exploration of how public spaces can transform into canvases that narrate the city’s cultural and artistic tales.

Brooklyn Bike Tour

Experience Brooklyn’s diverse neighborhoods and landmarks in an active, engaging way with this comprehensive bike tour. Starting in DUMBO, you’ll pedal through iconic areas such as Fort Greene, Prospect Park, and Brooklyn Heights, experiencing the true essence of the borough.

This tour isn’t just about sightseeing; it includes visits to local chocolatiers, distilleries, and more, where you’ll hear stories from artisans and sample their delicious creations. With bikes and helmets provided, and a small group setting, you’ll have a safe and personalized journey through Brooklyn’s most scenic and storied parts.

Brooklyn NYC Food & Walking Tour with a 5th Generation New Yorker

Step just one subway stop from Manhattan into the soul of Brooklyn on a food and walking tour led by a 5th generation Brooklynite. Explore quintessential New York eateries that specialize in bagels, pizza, and top-notch coffee and tea at hidden gems known only to locals.

This tour offers a blend of culinary delights and historical insights, detailing Brooklyn’s evolution from an immigrant hub to a booming cultural enclave. Capture memorable moments with photo opportunities along the scenic Brooklyn waterfront. Group and private tours are available, with customization options to suit all guests. Note: The tour includes all food and beverages but cannot accommodate gluten-free diets.

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What to Expect at Brooklyn Museum

At the Brooklyn Museum high art meets ancient history and modern creativity, offering something for everyone, from art enthusiasts to young explorers. The museum showcases a diverse array of exhibits ranging from ancient mummies and Assyrian sculptures to American art and feminist pieces, ensuring every visitor finds something to resonate with.

Spanning five floors, the museum presents an eclectic collection that captures the essence of various eras and cultures. The third floor features Egyptian antiquities, including over 3,000-year-old artifacts, while the European, African, Asian, and Islamic collections provide a global perspective. The museum also honors women’s contributions to art at the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, home to Judy Chicago’s The Dinner Party. Seasonal exhibitions add to the museum’s charm, offering fresh perspectives with each visit.

Not just limited to indoor experiences, the museum’s grounds include the Steinberg Family Sculpture Garden, where you can relax among historic statues and enjoy a bite from the iconic pink Brooklyn Museum food truck. For a deeper dive into American art, the Visible Storage Center offers a peek at over 2,000 stored works, showcasing the breadth of the museum’s vast collection.

Tips to Visit Brooklyn Museum

Embarking on your museum adventure can be as seamless as it is exciting. Here are a few tips to enhance your visit:

  • Remember, flash photography is not allowed inside the museum.
  • Combine your museum trip with a leisurely walk through the nearby Prospect Park and Brooklyn Botanic Garden.
  • Enhance your time in Brooklyn with a scavenger hunt experience that you can book online  at a very low price. Lots of fun!
  • If you’re visiting with children, consider adding the Brooklyn Children’s Museum to your itinerary.
  • Unlike the more overwhelming museums in Manhattan, the Brooklyn Museum offers a more relaxed and manageable experience. You can explore the majority of the museum in just a couple of hours.
  • Don’t forget to check out the dining options available. Whether you crave global flavors at Saul Bolton’s The Norm or prefer something more casual at the first-floor café, there’s something to satisfy your appetite.


The Brooklyn Museum is committed to accessibility for all its visitors. The entire building and grounds, including the parking areas, are wheelchair accessible.

The Eastern Parkway/Brooklyn Museum 2/3 subway station also accommodates wheelchair users. Wheelchairs can be borrowed at no cost from the Coat Check in the lobby, ensuring everyone can enjoy their visit comfortably.

Frequently Asked Questions

While photography is allowed, please refrain from using flash to protect the artworks.

Weekday mornings or Thursday evenings are ideal for a more personal experience.

Yes, but purchasing online in advance is recommended to ensure entry, especially for special exhibitions.

Absolutely, the museum offers a variety of exhibits that are engaging for all ages.

The Norm offers a blend of international cuisines, and the first-floor café offers more casual fare.

The 2, 3, 4, or 5 subway lines and several bus routes including the B41 and B69 offer stops near the museum.

Don’t miss the Egyptian artifacts on the third floor and The Dinner Party installation at the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art.

Yes, you can check items like coats and bags at the Coat Check for a small fee.

Yes, the Steinberg Family Sculpture Garden is perfect for a relaxing stroll.

Yes, the Visible Storage Center allows public viewing of additional stored works.

Wheelchairs are available for free, and the building and subway station are wheelchair accessible.

Yes, the museum shop offers a variety of art and souvenirs by local artists.

Yes, the museum often features interactive exhibits and activities that are family-friendly.

It is open Wednesday to Sunday, with extended hours on Thursday evenings.

Yes, except it is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Where to Stay Near Brooklyn Museum

Staying near the Brooklyn Museum is an excellent choice for those looking to immerse themselves in Brooklyn’s vibrant culture. The area around the museum is not only safe and accessible but also brimming with cafes, shops, and parks, making it an ideal base for exploring both the museum and the surrounding attractions. Hotels and accommodations here cater to a range of preferences and budgets, ensuring a comfortable stay.

For those considering other areas, staying in nearby neighborhoods like Park Slope or Downtown Brooklyn also offers excellent access to the museum along with a more extensive range of dining and entertainment options. These areas provide a perfect blend of local culture and convenience, making them great alternatives for visitors.

Other Interesting Museums in New York City

New York City is a treasure trove of cultural experiences, with museums that cater to every interest. Here’s a glimpse of other must-visit museums in the city:

The Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met)

Known for its impressive collection spanning 5,000 years of art, The Met offers something for everyone. From ancient Egyptian artifacts to contemporary art, it’s a cultural journey not to be missed.

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Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

MoMA is a sanctuary of modern and contemporary art, featuring works from van Gogh to Warhol. It’s a pivotal site for art lovers and those interested in the evolution of modern artistic expressions.

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American Museum of Natural History

Explore the natural world from dinosaurs to outer space. This museum is perfect for families and science enthusiasts eager to learn about the planet’s history and beyond.

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The Met Cloisters

Dedicated to the art and architecture of medieval Europe, The Cloisters offers a serene escape with its gardens and historic chapels. It’s a piece of medieval Europe right in Manhattan.

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Transit Museum

Located in a decommissioned subway station, this museum provides a fascinating look at the history of New York City’s public transport system, from vintage subway cars to historic buses.

Other Nearby Attractions

The Brooklyn Museum sits at a strategic nexus in Brooklyn, surrounded by some of the borough’s most cherished sites, making it an ideal anchor for a day of exploration or even a full weekend getaway. With its proximity to renowned parks, gardens, and entertainment venues, visitors can easily transition from a morning of art admiration to an afternoon of leisure and fun in the surrounding areas.

Prospect Park

Prospect Park is Brooklyn’s flagship park and a verdant oasis amidst the urban landscape. Designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux after their completion of Central Park, this 526-acre park is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts and families alike. Visitors can enjoy a variety of activities including bird watching, boating on the lake, and participating in sports.

Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Just a short walk from the Brooklyn Museum, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden offers a stunning array of botanical beauty, featuring over 52 acres of plants and flowers from around the world. Established in 1910, this urban garden is famous for its Cherry Esplanade with an annual cherry blossom festival, the serene Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden, and the innovative Children’s Garden.

Barclays Center

For those looking to catch the pulse of Brooklyn’s modern entertainment scene, Barclays Center is the place to be. Located just a few minutes away from the museum, this cutting-edge arena is home to the Brooklyn Nets and the New York Islanders, along with hosting a wide array of concerts, boxing matches, and other high-profile events.

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  1. Introduction
  2. Practical information
  3. Tours and Experiences in Brooklyn
  4. What to Expect at Brooklyn Museum
  5. Tips to Visit Brooklyn Museum
  6. Accessibility
  7. Frequently Asked Questions
  8. Where to Stay Near Brooklyn Museum
  9. Other Interesting Museums in New York City