The Brooklyn Museum is the second largest in New York City, after the Met, and one of the largest in the United States. In recent years it has struggled somewhat with its identity and stagnant attendance figures (around half a million per year), but it is still a world class museum. The Egyptian and pre-Colombian collections stand out, but their modern collections are also excellent. Recently the museum has received some criticism for its exhibitions, including one about Star Wars. There is a perception that they do not coincide with its mission.
Located at the northern end of Prospect Park, the Brooklyn Museum is one of the oldest in the United States. It opened in its current location, a magnificent Beaux-arts building, in 1897. In addition to the museum, Prospect Park offers other fun attractions. The Brooklyn Botanical Garden is a relaxing place to spend a few hours and features a very cool coy pond and Japanese garden. There is also a zoo, miles of trails, and an Audubon Center in the historic Boathouse.
Location: 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, New York 11238
Telephone: (718) 638 5000
Hours: Wednesday-Friday 10:00-17:00; Saturday-Sunday 11:00-19:00
$6.00 Students/Seniors (62+)
Free for children under 12.
First Saturdays offer free admission to the museum from 5 p.m. until closing at 23:00.