The Brooklyn Museum has fascinated me from an early age. As an artist and a writer, I constantly gained inspiration from the museum. It’s an art museum in New York City borough of Brooklyn. Standing wide at 560,000 square feet, it’s one of the city’s largest museums in physical size and holds about 1.5 million art-pieces and relics.
Located near the Prospect Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn, the museum was founded in 1895. Designed by McKim, Mead, and White, it was planned to be the largest of all art museum on this planet. It struggled to maintain its premises and collection during its early years and was revitalized in the late 20th century.
One of Brooklyn’s most eminent institutions, Brooklyn Museum is a less-crowded alternative to Manhattan’s well-known spaces. However, the relics found inside the museum are innovative and impactful and are just as important as others you’ll find in any of NYC’s big-name institutions.
Holding over 1.5 million pieces of art, the significant areas of the collection include Egyptian antiquities spanning over 3,000 years, along with European, African, Oceanic, and Japanese art collections. Also, Brooklyn Museum is a heavyweight representative of Native American art. It features a large holding of Egyptian art along with the world-renowned famous feminist piece by Judy Chicago, The Dinner Party. The museum also has a Memorial Sculpture Garden featuring salvaged architectural elements from throughout NYC, starting from the colonial period.
Some of the distinguished artists exhibited at the museum’s collection are Georgia O’Keeffe, Norman Rockwell, Mark Rothko, Edgar Degas and Max Weber. Works by notable impressionist masters as Cézanne, Monet and Degas are also included in the collection.
Visit: 200 Eastern Parkway (Washington Avenue), Brooklyn, New York City.
Museum Opening Hours: 11 am to 6 pm (until 10 pm on Thursdays), Monday and Tuesday closed. First Saturday (except September) 11 am to 11 pm.
Tickets: $12-16 for seniors and adults. Free for children under 19.
This weekend, discover the Brooklyn Museum by just taking the next bus DC to NYC.