Brooklyn, New York’s most famous borough is an eclectic mix of cultures and traditions, and is by far the most multicultural area of New York. Home to some of the most fascinating museums in the whole country, Brooklyn is the perfect destination for lovers of art and culture. Should you be lucky enough to be booking a Brooklyn holiday apartment, then make sure you include one (or all) of the following museums to your to-see list…you won’t regret it!
New York’s famous Brooklyn Museum is BIG. Not only is it the second-largest in the city, but it’s also one of the largest in the entire country. The eclectic mix of Victorian and contemporary architecture makes the building a tourist attraction in its own right. However, it is the gems hidden inside which make the Brooklyn Museum a must-visit during your Brooklyn holiday.
The most visited area would have to be the Mummy Chamber, a collection of ancient Egyptian artifacts acquired over many decades. Information boards are scattered throughout explaining not only the origins and meanings of each piece, but also how the museum came to acquire them. Of particular interest is also the American art collection housed on the fifth floor, as well as the numerous temporary displays which are constantly changing.
The Museum is located right next to the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens and is open every day except Mondays and Tuesdays. A ‘suggested contribution fee’ of $12 is required on entry.
If traveling to Brooklyn with little ones in tow, then don’t miss the chance to visit the Brooklyn Children’s Museum. Considered to be one of the best kid’s museums in the world, the BCM is home to over 20,000 exhibits and provides hours of interactive fun for kids of all ages (and their parents!)
Originally founded in 1899, the BCM was the first of its kind, and inspired cities around the world in creating interactive and fascinating museums aimed specifically at educating the youngest members of society. To give your kids a taste of Brooklyn’s multicultural side, take head to the World Brooklyn exhibit. A fun and very interactive collection, the hall is set up just like a suburb, complete with shops and restaurants from different cultures, where kids can interact and role-play. The BCM is found in Brower Park, not too far from the Brooklyn Museum. It’s closed on Mondays and entry fee is just $7.50.
One of the most interesting museums in the whole of New York would have to be the Transit Museum, located in the famous 1936IND subway station in Brooklyn. Showcasing the city’s transport history, the museum displays a selection of transit memorabilia from the last 150 years. If history is what you’re after, then make sure you plan a visit to this unique and informative museum. From famous trolleys and buses, to the current day metro, there’s no aspect of New York’s public transport history not depicted.There are various educational programs for kids of all ages and organized walking tours for those wanting to get the most out of their visit. Recently re-opened after extensive renovations, the Steel, Stone and Backbone exhibit details the building of the city’s century old subway. The museum is closed on Mondays and entry fees are $7 for adults and $5 for children.
Another interesting museum I enjoyed is the Living Torah Museum, which is located in Borough Park area of Brooklyn. This museum showcases biblical artefacts which date bask a couple of thousand years old. This is of the Orthodox Jewish museums in New York and was founded by Shaul Shimon Deutsch. This is quite a small museum i.e. a house in effect and if you are in Brooklyn anyway, it is worth a visit.
Also known as MoCADA for short, the beauty of New York and its cultural diversity could not be more on display than here at the display of African Diasporan Arts Museum. Another quite small museum, I would certainly still recommend it. Expect to see something different from your average museum, with a lot of new and innovative displays, classes and workshops taking place on an ongoing basis.