New York City is one of the world's greatest city's for exploring cultural institutions, art galleries and museums. With so many to choose from, sometimes it can get a little overwhelming. This list helps make things easier. Here are our top five museums in Brooklyn.
#1 Brooklyn Museum
The Brooklyn Museum is home to the second largest collection of art in all of New York City. Boasting roughly 1.5 million pieces of art, the museum is world renowned and easily one of the best museums in Brooklyn. Housed in a beautiful Beaux-Arts building built in 1895 on the northern end of Prospect Park, the museum was once planned to be the largest art museum in the world. The exhibits at the Brooklyn Museum include expansive selections of art from America, Egypt, Africa, the Pacific Islands, the Islamic World, Europe, as well as a center devoted to Feminist Art. Brooklyn Museum hours are Wednesday 11:00 am - 6:00 p.m, Thursday 11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m., Friday-Sunday 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Admission to the Brooklyn Museum is a suggested donation of $12 (adults), $8 (students, seniors).
#2 New York Transit Museum
Millions of people use public transportation in New York City each day. Transit played a large role in shaping this city, so it’s only fair that there’s a museum dedicated to it. The New York Transit Museum in Brooklyn Heights displays historical artifacts of the City’s subway, bus, rail and bridge and tunnels systems. At the New York Transit Museum, guests get a look into the past and see how transit in New York City evolved over the years. With vintage trains and buses on display, it really is one of the best museums in Brooklyn. New York Transit Museum hours are Tuesday-Friday 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Saturday & Sunday 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Admission to the New York Transit Museum is $7 (adults), $5 (children, seniors).
#3 Micro Museum
The Micro Museum is a small venue with big art in Downtown Brooklyn. The museum is dedicated to interactive, visual, media and performing arts. One of the more popular displays is AC/DC Window, a solar-powered artwork that has been going since 1994, which is the longest running kinetic sculpture in the tri-state area. The museum is incredibly personal, and upon visiting you’re likely to get a tour from the owners themselves, making it worthy of the best museums in Brooklyn. Micro Museum hours are Saturday 12:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Admission to the Micro Museum is $2.
#4 Brooklyn Botanic Garden
The Brooklyn Botanic Garden is like no other museum in Brooklyn. It is a museum of living plants. One of the best museums in Brooklyn, The Brooklyn Botanic Garden covers 52-acres of specialty “gardens within the Garden,” plant collection and a conservatory that houses a bonsai museum, three climate-themed plant pavilions, aquatic plant house and an art gallery. The Brooklyn Botanic Garden houses over 10,000 taxa of plants, and is visited by nearly 1 million guests a year. Brooklyn Botanic Garden hours are Tuesday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., Saturday & Sunday 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Admission to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden is $10 (adults), $5 (students, seniors).
#5 Brooklyn Children's Museum
The Brooklyn Children’s Museum was the first museum in the United States, and possibly the world, that catered specifically to children. The Crown Heights located museum underwent an expansion to double its space, and subsequently became the first green museum in New York City. The museum’s exhibits and collection reflect its long history, including the evolution of children’s educational needs. The museum has a unique strategy in implementing exhibits, as children have always contributed extensively to what will be shown. The Brooklyn Children’s Museum hours are Tuesday-Sunday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Admission to the Brooklyn Children’s Museum is $9.
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