Brooklyn Children's Museum

145 Brooklyn Avenue

A pioneer in education, the Brooklyn Children's Museum was the first museum created expressly for children when it was founded in 1899. With award-winning, hands-on exhibits and innovative use of its collections, the Museum engages children from pre-... more

A pioneer in education, the Brooklyn Children's Museum was the first museum created expressly for children when it was founded in 1899. With award-winning, hands-on exhibits and innovative use of its collections, the Museum engages children from pre-school to high school in learning adventures. The Brooklyn Children's Museum is now bigger and better than ever, as vast renovations were completed in 2008. The museum offers over 100,000 square feet square feet of interactive exhibition space, designed expressly for kids between the ages of 2 and 10. Nine different galleries offer fun-filled adventures in world culture and natural science. Highlights include: Totally Tots Kids under age 5 have a place all their own at Brooklyn Children's Museum. Totally Tots is inspired by the Museum's natural science, cultural, and historical collections and includes several areas that promote literacy and physical and social development. Gallery spaces include the Baby Patch, the Sand Spot, the Play Pond, the Kids' Quarry, the Reading Nook, the Peek-A-Boutique, and Parent Junction. Totally Tots is open during all public hours and has additional morning hours. Groups must call in advance (7... more

A pioneer in education, the Brooklyn Children's Museum was the first museum created expressly for children when it was founded in 1899. With award-winning, hands-on exhibits and innovative use of its collections, the Museum engages children from pre-school to high school in learning adventures.

The Brooklyn Children's Museum is now bigger and better than ever, as vast renovations were completed in 2008. The museum offers over 100,000 square feet square feet of interactive exhibition space, designed expressly for kids between the ages of 2 and 10. Nine different galleries offer fun-filled adventures in world culture and natural science.

Highlights include:

Totally Tots
Kids under age 5 have a place all their own at Brooklyn Children's Museum. Totally Tots is inspired by the Museum's natural science, cultural, and historical collections and includes several areas that promote literacy and physical and social development. Gallery spaces include the Baby Patch, the Sand Spot, the Play Pond, the Kids' Quarry, the Reading Nook, the Peek-A-Boutique, and Parent Junction. Totally Tots is open during all public hours and has additional morning hours. Groups must call in advance (718) 735-4400.

Together in the City
Visit Yankee Stadium, celebrate Chinese New Year, or experience a Bat Mitzvah! You can hang out in the pizza parlor, construct your own fort, or perform on a parade float. This landscape of festive urban places teaches kids how diverse communities live, work, and play together.

Collections Central: Artifacts & Specimens
Look, feel, make, and know in this ever-changing gallery featuring engaging activities using a selection of cultural artifacts from our 27,000 piece collection. Curate your own exhibit or explore these fascinating treasures through magnifiers, puzzles, games, and special drawing programs. Kids are invited to share their own interpretation of the messages and meanings they find within each artifact or specimen.

Children's Library and Education Resource Center
Choose from over 4,000 books of stories, science, folktales, poetry and pictures. The Education Resource Center also has a collection of reference materials including encyclopedias, field guides, art books, and nearly 40 magazines and journals. Four eMac computers offer Internet access to the public. Relax, read, and explore in the Museum's library!

Animal Outpost
Ever wonder if snakes feel slimy? Want to know why the Green Basilisk is blue? Do you have burning questions about tadpoles, what they eat, and how they become frogs? The answers to these questions and more are in the new Animal Outpost where kids can observe live animals eating, sleeping, swimming, and playing. If you're lucky, you may catch a natural science curator feeding Fantasia, the 17-foot-long Burmese Python!

Con Edison Greenhouse and Garden
Don an apron, grab a clipboard, and record your observations as you study plants, insects, soil, and ecosystems. Ask questions and draw your own conclusions about our collection of flora including a rubber plant, a cocoa tree, cactus plants, and edible herbs! Enjoy a lush community space and special botany programs.

Music Mix
Study the pitch, rhythm, and melody of music from all over the world. Check out authentic artifacts from China, Peru, Jamaica, India, Spain, Venezuela and the US. Compose your own masterpieces using the steel pan, xylophone, accordion, conga drum, and more!

Visiting Exhibit Gallery
You'll always find something new in this very special part of the museum. Every three to six months, Brooklyn Children's Museum creates a unique environment for kids to explore. Check out the program calendar for information on current exhibits and programs!

Main Stage
Mix equal parts make-believe, dress-up, sound, and lights, then sprinkle with imagination, and it's SHOWTIME! Costumes and props, mirrored dressing tables, a stage complete with a red velvet curtain, provide all that's needed to be a star!


Drag the street view to look around 360°.
Use the arrow buttons to navigate down the street and around the neighborhood!

Collections Central at the Brooklyn Children's Museum

From a shark's jawbone to musical instruments from around the world, Brooklyn Children's Museum is home to a permanent collection of 30,000 objects. While it is rare for a children's museum to have a permanent collection, the use of artifacts in exhibitions and programming has been central to the Mu... [ + ]seum’s educational mission since its creation in 1899. Over the past century, its collection has continued to grow through generous donations, bequests, and occasional purchases.

The Museum’s collection takes center stage in the new permanent exhibition, Collections Central.

Objects in the gallery change frequently to expose visitors to the collection’s wide range of cultural artifacts (man-made objects, both ancient and modern, including sculptures, masks, and dolls, as well as everyday household and personal items, such as baskets and combs) and natural science specimens (including minerals, fossils, and mounted birds, mammals, and insects).

Interactive displays challenge visitors to explore objects in new ways, such as using only sense of touch to identify a hidden artifact. Children hunt for object details to solve a six-sided photo puzzle and play a specimen matching game, giving clues to help a partner identify the right rock from a group of minerals.

Families get an up-close look at how different artifacts are made and can become involved in the design process themselves. Children pilot a boat, string beads, and create patterns with decorative tiles, all inspired by cultural artifacts from the collection. At drawing stations throughout the exhibition, young artists can sketch favorite objects and share their artwork on the gallery display board.

New role-playing areas invite visitors to step into an object's world. Children pretend to glide down the Amazon behind a protective wooden figurehead from Brazil, called a carranca in Portuguese. An imaginary collector’s “cabinet of wonders” demonstrates how curators research and organize their objects. Visitors become curators and design their own exhibition alongside the collector’s far-out finds—including an 8-foot-tall Asian elephant skeleton!

11/13/2018 11:00 AM
Tue, November 13
11:00AM
$
$11 - Adults and children
Infants under 1: Free

Neighborhood Nature

Discover who lives in the neighborhood when you visit a freshwater pond, a saltwater beach, an urban woodland, and a community garden.

At the freshwater pond, get a "fish-eye view" when you crawl inside the pond aquarium to watch fish and turtles swim among aquatic plants. Special cameras and lis... [ + ]tening devices let you be field scientists, watching and listening for animals hidden throughout the diorama.

Running near the pond is a stream, which cascades down a series of waterfalls. Along the stream, you can find fish, muskrats, raccoons, and birds—and see how animals interact with and depend on water.

In the community garden, dig, plant, and harvest play plants. Become an environmental DJ by mixing the unique rhythms of man-made and natural outdoor sounds at the a kid-friendly mixing board; or climb inside a hollow log in the urban woodland to get an up-close look at underground organisms and live toads, snakes, and turtles that live in the forest.

With help from Museum educators, you can touch live horseshoe crabs and sea stars at the tide pool in the saltwater beach. Create your own marine animal models and test how they move in the wave pool; or in the sandy dunes, sift for clues to marine life in the area and then check nearby specimen samples to identify what you’ve found.

Nearby, the Greenhouse and outdoor Garden are filled with common and exotic live plants, insects, and animals—see how many you can find!

In the Science Inquiry Center, you can find field guides and other resources for eco-adventures in your own neighborhood, or say "hi" to Fantasia, the Museum's famous, 20-foot-long albino Burmese Python.

11/13/2018 11:00 AM
Tue, November 13
11:00AM
$
$11 - Adults and children
Infants under 1: Free

Totally Tots

Totally Tots is the Museum's early-learner exhibit—just for children 5 and under (and their grown-ups)—a colorful, whimsical world where kids are in charge!

For those under 18 months, explore the Baby Hub, a vibrant oasis filled with bright colors, playful shapes, and padded structures that provi... [ + ]de a safe place to practice crawling, standing, and taking first steps.

For those older than 18 months, check out Water Wonders, a water-play area anchored by a large pond with toys for pouring, measuring, experimenting, and creating stories. You can also visit the Art Studio with its creative projects, explore music and sound on a multi-level climbing structure housing a host of instruments, and talk with far-away friends on a walkie-talkie tube.

Try digging in the colorful sand, or practice reading under the colorful tent filled with books. Make a skyscraper in the Building Zone, or in the Little Theater try on costumes, step up to the stage, and put on a show.

The exhibit also includes great resources for grown-ups, including the MetLife Parent Junction with articles and tips on local activities, nutrition, literacy, and more.

11/13/2018 11:00 AM
Tue, November 13
11:00AM
$
$11 - Adults and children
Infants under 1: Free

World Brooklyn

A walk around the block becomes a trip around the world in the new World Brooklyn exhibit, because Brooklyn is home to everyone from everywhere!

At the heart of World Brooklyn is a vibrant cityscape—shrunk to a child's scale—lined by a series of kid-sized shops.

In the Stationery Store, you ca... [ + ]n join in Chinese New Year festivities, build a lantern from hong-bao (red envelopes exchanged during the holiday), step inside a traditional lion costume to make it leap and dance, or try your hand at Chinese calligraphy.

Next door, in the Mexican Bakery, you can run a giant mixer, weigh ingredients, shape your own pretend “dough,” or celebrate the traditional Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) holiday.

Stroll down the pint-sized street and stop in at the International Grocery, stocked with products from around the world, including cans of ghee from India, ackee from Jamaica, and candy from Turkey and Poland. Grab you shopping cart and pick up shopping lists for a special meal, such as a kosher Shabbat or a Kwanzaa celebration—or play cashier and ring up your friend's groceries.

In the West African Import Store, you can "shop" for African health and beauty products, groceries, instruments, jewelry, dolls, textiles, masks, and furniture. Create your own adinkra cloth patterns with magnetic stamps, construct slat chairs and pegged stools in the store’s workshop, or try your hand at drumming.

"Fly" over the Caribbean in the Travel Agency or visit a Mas Camp—short for “masquerade”—where you can decorate your own Carnival costumes or try on an elaborate parrot costume worn in a parade.

Make play pizza and serve up spumoni at the Italian Restaurant, or tune up the Vespa scooter parked nearby.

In the Global Beats Theater, you can sell play tickets, applaud from the audience, or perform on stage. Life-size video projections of local performance troupes invite children to dance along to traditional Russian ballet, Irish step dance, Arab debkah, Bangladeshi folk dances, and more.

11/13/2018 11:00 AM
Tue, November 13
11:00AM
$
$11 - Adults and children
Infants under 1: Free

Info

145 Brooklyn Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11213
(718) 735-4400
Website

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Admission And Tickets

$11 - Adults and children
Infants under 1: Free

This Week's Hours

Tue, Wed, Fri: 10:00am-5:00pm
Thu: 10:00 - 6:00pm
Sat & Sun: 10:00am - 7:00pm
Closed Mondays

Pay as you Wish hours on Thursdays from 2PM to 6PM.

Nearby Subway

  • to Kingston Ave/Throop Ave -- 0.4

Upcoming Events

Collections Central at the Brooklyn Children's Museum

From a shark's jawbone to musical instruments from around the world, Brooklyn Children's Museum is home to a permanent collection of 30,000 objects. While it is rare for a children's museum to have a permanent collection, the use of artifacts in exhibitions and programming has been central to the Mu... [ + ]seum’s educational mission since its creation in 1899. Over the past century, its collection has continued to grow through generous donations, bequests, and occasional purchases.

The Museum’s collection takes center stage in the new permanent exhibition, Collections Central.

Objects in the gallery change frequently to expose visitors to the collection’s wide range of cultural artifacts (man-made objects, both ancient and modern, including sculptures, masks, and dolls, as well as everyday household and personal items, such as baskets and combs) and natural science specimens (including minerals, fossils, and mounted birds, mammals, and insects).

Interactive displays challenge visitors to explore objects in new ways, such as using only sense of touch to identify a hidden artifact. Children hunt for object details to solve a six-sided photo puzzle and play a specimen matching game, giving clues to help a partner identify the right rock from a group of minerals.

Families get an up-close look at how different artifacts are made and can become involved in the design process themselves. Children pilot a boat, string beads, and create patterns with decorative tiles, all inspired by cultural artifacts from the collection. At drawing stations throughout the exhibition, young artists can sketch favorite objects and share their artwork on the gallery display board.

New role-playing areas invite visitors to step into an object's world. Children pretend to glide down the Amazon behind a protective wooden figurehead from Brazil, called a carranca in Portuguese. An imaginary collector’s “cabinet of wonders” demonstrates how curators research and organize their objects. Visitors become curators and design their own exhibition alongside the collector’s far-out finds—including an 8-foot-tall Asian elephant skeleton!

11/13/2018 11:00 AM
Tue, November 13
11:00AM
$
$11 - Adults and children
Infants under 1: Free

Neighborhood Nature

Discover who lives in the neighborhood when you visit a freshwater pond, a saltwater beach, an urban woodland, and a community garden.

At the freshwater pond, get a "fish-eye view" when you crawl inside the pond aquarium to watch fish and turtles swim among aquatic plants. Special cameras and lis... [ + ]tening devices let you be field scientists, watching and listening for animals hidden throughout the diorama.

Running near the pond is a stream, which cascades down a series of waterfalls. Along the stream, you can find fish, muskrats, raccoons, and birds—and see how animals interact with and depend on water.

In the community garden, dig, plant, and harvest play plants. Become an environmental DJ by mixing the unique rhythms of man-made and natural outdoor sounds at the a kid-friendly mixing board; or climb inside a hollow log in the urban woodland to get an up-close look at underground organisms and live toads, snakes, and turtles that live in the forest.

With help from Museum educators, you can touch live horseshoe crabs and sea stars at the tide pool in the saltwater beach. Create your own marine animal models and test how they move in the wave pool; or in the sandy dunes, sift for clues to marine life in the area and then check nearby specimen samples to identify what you’ve found.

Nearby, the Greenhouse and outdoor Garden are filled with common and exotic live plants, insects, and animals—see how many you can find!

In the Science Inquiry Center, you can find field guides and other resources for eco-adventures in your own neighborhood, or say "hi" to Fantasia, the Museum's famous, 20-foot-long albino Burmese Python.

11/13/2018 11:00 AM
Tue, November 13
11:00AM
$
$11 - Adults and children
Infants under 1: Free

Totally Tots

Totally Tots is the Museum's early-learner exhibit—just for children 5 and under (and their grown-ups)—a colorful, whimsical world where kids are in charge!

For those under 18 months, explore the Baby Hub, a vibrant oasis filled with bright colors, playful shapes, and padded structures that provi... [ + ]de a safe place to practice crawling, standing, and taking first steps.

For those older than 18 months, check out Water Wonders, a water-play area anchored by a large pond with toys for pouring, measuring, experimenting, and creating stories. You can also visit the Art Studio with its creative projects, explore music and sound on a multi-level climbing structure housing a host of instruments, and talk with far-away friends on a walkie-talkie tube.

Try digging in the colorful sand, or practice reading under the colorful tent filled with books. Make a skyscraper in the Building Zone, or in the Little Theater try on costumes, step up to the stage, and put on a show.

The exhibit also includes great resources for grown-ups, including the MetLife Parent Junction with articles and tips on local activities, nutrition, literacy, and more.

11/13/2018 11:00 AM
Tue, November 13
11:00AM
$
$11 - Adults and children
Infants under 1: Free

World Brooklyn

A walk around the block becomes a trip around the world in the new World Brooklyn exhibit, because Brooklyn is home to everyone from everywhere!

At the heart of World Brooklyn is a vibrant cityscape—shrunk to a child's scale—lined by a series of kid-sized shops.

In the Stationery Store, you ca... [ + ]n join in Chinese New Year festivities, build a lantern from hong-bao (red envelopes exchanged during the holiday), step inside a traditional lion costume to make it leap and dance, or try your hand at Chinese calligraphy.

Next door, in the Mexican Bakery, you can run a giant mixer, weigh ingredients, shape your own pretend “dough,” or celebrate the traditional Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) holiday.

Stroll down the pint-sized street and stop in at the International Grocery, stocked with products from around the world, including cans of ghee from India, ackee from Jamaica, and candy from Turkey and Poland. Grab you shopping cart and pick up shopping lists for a special meal, such as a kosher Shabbat or a Kwanzaa celebration—or play cashier and ring up your friend's groceries.

In the West African Import Store, you can "shop" for African health and beauty products, groceries, instruments, jewelry, dolls, textiles, masks, and furniture. Create your own adinkra cloth patterns with magnetic stamps, construct slat chairs and pegged stools in the store’s workshop, or try your hand at drumming.

"Fly" over the Caribbean in the Travel Agency or visit a Mas Camp—short for “masquerade”—where you can decorate your own Carnival costumes or try on an elaborate parrot costume worn in a parade.

Make play pizza and serve up spumoni at the Italian Restaurant, or tune up the Vespa scooter parked nearby.

In the Global Beats Theater, you can sell play tickets, applaud from the audience, or perform on stage. Life-size video projections of local performance troupes invite children to dance along to traditional Russian ballet, Irish step dance, Arab debkah, Bangladeshi folk dances, and more.

11/13/2018 11:00 AM
Tue, November 13
11:00AM
$
$11 - Adults and children
Infants under 1: Free
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