Brooklyn Children's Museum

Brooklyn Children's Museum Founded in 1899 as the world’s first children’s museum, Brooklyn Children’s Museum (BCM) is New York City’s largest cultural institution designed especially for families.
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Brooklyn Children's Museum, the world's first children's museum and the first and only "green" museum in New York City, has been offering educational and fun experiences to families for over 120 years. As an international model for museum and community programs, Brooklyn Children's Museum offers interactive learning adventures through hands-on exhibitions, multicultural performances, creative workshops and an extensive collection of cultural artifacts and natural science specimens. Situated in the heart of Crown Heights, Brooklyn, with beautiful Brower Park as its backyard, Brooklyn Children's Museum welcomes over 300,000 visitors a year and reaches another 500,000 annually through its national touring exhibitions.

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Today is #GivingTuesday and BCM is so grateful to our community! We love welcoming families at the Museum again on weeke...
12/01/2020

Today is #GivingTuesday and BCM is so grateful to our community! We love welcoming families at the Museum again on weekends and school holidays.

We rely on your help to keep the Museum strong as an anchor for families in Brooklyn and beyond. We hope you will consider a gift to Brooklyn Children’s Museum on #GivingTuesday. Give today at https://www.brooklynkids.org/give/

Even when our building isn't open, Brooklyn Children's Museum doesn't close. The Museum distributes activity kits, provides in-person childcare, hosts outdoor events and creates online activities for families available on our website.

A little goes a long way. If you have shared a moment or memory within our walls, online, or through outreach programs, please consider a gift to support BCM on #GivingTuesday and throughout the month of December. Give at https://www.brooklynkids.org/give/ 🥰

We're throwing a PJ Party TOMORROW and you're invited! Wear your favorite pajamas and cozy up together while making art,...
11/26/2020

We're throwing a PJ Party TOMORROW and you're invited! Wear your favorite pajamas and cozy up together while making art, seeing live animals, and nomming on cookies & hot cocoa on our rooftop!

Join us tomorrow! Tickets available for three sessions: 10am, 12:30pm, & 3pm. Last chance for tix - visit https://linktr.ee/bcmkids, click 'PJ Party' and select your time. Let's go! 🥳

“At a time when things are so uncertain, I’m appreciative that [Brooklyn Children's Museum is] open. To see the joy on e...
11/24/2020

“At a time when things are so uncertain, I’m appreciative that [Brooklyn Children's Museum is] open. To see the joy on every child’s face is something truly remarkable. Thank you so much, we couldn’t have asked for a better time!”

With #GivingTuesday just one week away, we hope you will consider a gift to keep BCM strong. Opening our doors has been our priority this fall - nearly 5,000 people have visited since BCM opened on October 24. We can't wait to welcome more children and caregivers for programs over the holidays.

If you have shared a moment or memory within our walls, online, or through outreach programs, please consider a gift to support BCM on #GivingTuesday and throughout the month of December. Give at https://83.blackbaudhosting.com/83/General-Operating 🥰

It's important to see the stars around us, and honor your own bright star within. Today we are looking at a variety of o...
11/23/2020

It's important to see the stars around us, and honor your own bright star within. Today we are looking at a variety of objects inspired by stars. Whether spelled out in the bedazzled letters of a child's necklace or the radiating sun design of a jar dating back to the Chavín culture in 1000 C.E, people over the ages have interpreted what is a "star" means to them.

How do you interpret what is means to be a "star?" . . . Shine on!

1.
Child's "Star" Necklace
Silver alloy
2005
United States

2.
Star Tile
Ceramic, glaze
Mid 20th century
Seville, Spain

3.
Basketry Tray
Palm​fiber
1960s
Egypt

4.
"Dog and Star" Bark Painting
Bark, paint
1960s
Ingura people, Australia

5.
Paddle
Wood, paint
1961
Arawak people, South America

6.
Butter Stamp
Wood
19th century
United States

7.
Sun Jar
Clay, slip
1000-1400 C.E.
Chavín culture (present day Peru)

8.
Adinkra Cloth Stamp
Gourd, cotton
2005
Ghana

Party in your PJs at BCM this Friday! Wear your favorite winter pajamas and cozy up with art-making activities, live ani...
11/22/2020
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Party in your PJs at BCM this Friday! Wear your favorite winter pajamas and cozy up with art-making activities, live animal presentations, and cookies & hot cocoa on our rooftop terrace! Three available times: 10am, 12:30pm, & 3pm, and each session is 90 minutes long. Tickets at https://linktr.ee/bcmkids - click 'PJ Party' and select your time. Tickets are limited - don't wait!

There are two types of tickets to BCM: Play Sessions and ColorLab Sessions. Play Sessions allow families to explore BCM’s signature exhibits including World Brooklyn, Neighborhood Nature, Totally Tots, Collections Central and The Nest. ColorLab Sessions are workshops in the Museum’s art studio t...

Only 2 more weekends left of printmaking workshops in ColorLab! Learn a new skill: practice designing & printing your ow...
11/20/2020

Only 2 more weekends left of printmaking workshops in ColorLab! Learn a new skill: practice designing & printing your own art, inspired by the work of Elizabeth Catlett, at a fun, creativity-driven ColorLab session. Programs on Saturdays & Sundays, at 10:30am, 1pm & 3:30pm. Tickets at https://linktr.ee/bcmkids - click 'ColorLab Session' and select your date and time.

“The Día de los Muertos rooftop dance and music performance literally brought me to tears.” --  some of the words you sh...
11/19/2020

“The Día de los Muertos rooftop dance and music performance literally brought me to tears.” -- some of the words you shared with us during our Día de los Muertos celebration earlier this month. As #GivingTuesday approaches on December 1, we're reflecting on how lucky we are to be providing programming that supports families and children during this unprecedented time.

This year, a little goes a long way. If you have shared a moment or memory within our walls, online, or through outreach programs, please consider a gift to support BCM on #GivingTuesday and throughout the month of December. Thank you for being a part of our family and community!

Give at https://83.blackbaudhosting.com/83/General-Operating

Yesterday at BCM we celebrated Diwali! Originating in India, Diwali is one of the most popular Hindu festivals. Diwali s...
11/16/2020

Yesterday at BCM we celebrated Diwali! Originating in India, Diwali is one of the most popular Hindu festivals. Diwali symbolizes the spiritual "victory of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance." The holiday is celebrated with family gatherings; ornate displays of lamps, chalk and flower murals; and other immersive decorations.

The images here show some diya lamps from our collection. They are small oil lamps made of clay, with a cotton wick dipped in ghee or vegetable oils. The lighting of diyas is a part of Diwali celebrations and rituals. Houses are decorated with small diyas at thresholds and entrances. The pictured lamps were made in India in 1960s.

Our diya lamps inspired children at the Museum to make their own! Swipe through the images to see the wonderful diya lamp-inspired art that they made.

Celebrate Diwali at BCM tomorrow! Join us for Bollywood dancing by Ajna Dance Company, live music by Raga Kids, snacks a...
11/14/2020

Celebrate Diwali at BCM tomorrow! Join us for Bollywood dancing by Ajna Dance Company, live music by Raga Kids, snacks and treats by Veeray da Dhaba & Island Pops, and Rangoli pattern-making in our art studio! 🤩

Tickets at https://linktr.ee/bcmkids -- click Diwali Tickets and choose a time. Diwali sessions are 90 minutes, beginning at 10am, 12:30pm, 3pm & 5pm. Each session is 90 minutes in duration so come on time!

Tickets must be reserved in advance online. All visitors must exit BCM at the end of their session so the Museum can be cleaned. Visitors three years old and over must wear masks, and families will be asked to distance in BCM's exhibits.

We're throwing a Pajama Party and You're Invited! 🤩🥳 Party in your PJs at Brooklyn Children's Museum on Friday, November...
11/14/2020

We're throwing a Pajama Party and You're Invited! 🤩🥳 Party in your PJs at Brooklyn Children's Museum on Friday, November 27: Explore the Museum, meet nocturnal animals from BCM's living collection, and munch on cookies and sip hot chocolate on our roof!

Tickets at linktr.ee/bcmkids -- click PJ Party Tickets and choose a timeslot. Sessions begin at 10am, 12:30pm and 3pm. Each session is 90 minutes in duration so come on time!

Tickets must be reserved in advance online. All visitors must exit BCM at the end of their session so the Museum can be cleaned. Visitors three years old and over must wear masks, and families will be asked to distance in BCM's exhibits.

We're open tomorrow, and with school out and a rainy forecast ahead, it's the perfect time for a Museum day! Join BCM fo...
11/10/2020

We're open tomorrow, and with school out and a rainy forecast ahead, it's the perfect time for a Museum day! Join BCM for Veterans Day as we explore printmaking in our ColorLab art studio, meet live animals, and get hands-on with natural science specimens.

Tickets at linktr.ee/bcmkids -- click Buy Veterans Day Tickets and choose a timeslot. Sessions begin at 10am, 12:30pm and 3pm. Each session is 90 minutes in duration so come on time!

Tickets must be reserved in advance online. All visitors must exit BCM at the end of their session so the Museum can be cleaned. Visitors three years old and over must wear masks, and families will be asked to distance in BCM's exhibits.

School's out this Wednesday and BCM is open! It's Veterans Day and we're leaning into fall with nature-inspired printmak...
11/09/2020
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School's out this Wednesday and BCM is open! It's Veterans Day and we're leaning into fall with nature-inspired printmaking in our ColorLab art studio, live animal meet and greets, and hands-on explorations of natural science specimens!

Tickets at https://linktr.ee/bcmkids -- click Buy Veterans Day Tickets and choose a timeslot. Sessions begin at 10am, 12:30pm and 3pm. Each session is 90 minutes in duration so come on time!

Tickets must be reserved in advance online. All visitors must exit BCM at the end of their session so the Museum can be cleaned. Visitors three years old and over must wear masks, and families will be asked to distance in BCM's exhibits.

There are two types of tickets to BCM: Play Sessions and ColorLab Sessions. Play Sessions allow families to explore BCM’s signature exhibits including World Brooklyn, Neighborhood Nature, Totally Tots, Collections Central and The Nest. ColorLab Sessions are workshops in the Museum’s art studio t...

Join us this coming Saturday to celebrate Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights! Learn Bollywood dancing with Ajna Dance ...
11/09/2020
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Join us this coming Saturday to celebrate Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights! Learn Bollywood dancing with Ajna Dance Company, hear the music of the Indian diaspora performed by Raga Kids, and help us create a collaborative Rangoli in our ColorLab art studio. Plus, snacks and treats by Veeray da Dhaba and Island Pops on our rooftop terrace!

Tickets at https://linktr.ee/bcmkids - click Buy Diwali Tickets and choose a timeslot. Diwali sessions begin at 10am, 12:30pm, 3pm, and 5pm. Each session is 90 minutes in duration so come on time!

Tickets must be reserved in advance online. All visitors must exit BCM at the end of their session so the Museum can be cleaned. Visitors three years old and over must wear masks, and families will be asked to distance in BCM's exhibits.

There are two types of tickets to BCM: Play Sessions and ColorLab Sessions. Play Sessions allow families to explore BCM’s signature exhibits including World Brooklyn, Neighborhood Nature, Totally Tots, Collections Central and The Nest. ColorLab Sessions are workshops in the Museum’s art studio t...

It took a long time to count all the votes, but we finally have a winner: Flying Squirrel! In a come-from-behind victory...
11/08/2020

It took a long time to count all the votes, but we finally have a winner: Flying Squirrel! In a come-from-behind victory, Flying 'Pteromyini' Squirrel was elected the 4th Animal Representative of Brooklyn Children's Museum on Sunday, November 8, narrowly beating Opossum by just two votes.

Emperor Penguin, the current sitting Representative and first elected just one year ago, offered their congratulations in a concession speech that, while somber, cast a hopeful light on the years ahead.

Thanks to everyone for joining us in this exploration of the democratic process and civic engagement! Definitely a Collection Election to remember 😄

Ready for the weekend? Join us this Saturday & Sunday to explore our exhibits at one of this weekend's Play Sessions, or...
11/05/2020

Ready for the weekend? Join us this Saturday & Sunday to explore our exhibits at one of this weekend's Play Sessions, or discover the fun of printmaking, inspired by Elizabeth Catlett, at one of our art-making ColorLab Sessions. Buy tickets at https://linktr.ee/bcmkids -- or for more info, visit https://www.brooklynkids.org/tickets/.

This Sunday is extra special as we'll be joined by The Little Orchestra Society for an interactive music and storytelling workshop on our rooftop! The programs take place within Sunday's 3pm and 5pm Play Session time slots and are included with your tickets.

Saturday & Sunday Play Sessions are 90 minutes in length, with sessions beginning at 10am, 12:30pm, 3pm & 5pm. Saturday & Sunday ColorLab Sessions are 60 minutes in length, with sessions beginning at 10:30am, 1pm & 3:30pm. All visitors must exit BCM at the end of their session so that the Museum can be cleaned. Visitors over the age of 3 must wear masks.

Today is Election Day and that means BCM’s 4th Annual Collection Election! Cast your vote in the comments!Join us as we ...
11/03/2020

Today is Election Day and that means BCM’s 4th Annual Collection Election! Cast your vote in the comments!

Join us as we explore the democratic process and civic engagement through voting virtually for our Museum’s next animal representative. The incumbent candidate from the 2019 election is Emperor Penguin, who faces challenges by Flying Squirrel and Opossum.

Explore the different platforms of each candidate below. Think about why these platforms matter to you and how they might affect your community.

✨Cast your “vote” for only one candidate in the comments below. Results will be tallied and announced tomorrow morning.✨

No one is too young or small to actively practice expressing themselves through civic engagement. Your thoughts, voices, and opinions matter!

We are all in this together whether we are humans or animals, feathered or furry.

V-O-T-E!

🗳 Candidate: Emperor Penguin
🐧 Class: Bird
🧊 Habitat: Antarctica
🍤 Diet: Carnivorous diet of fish and crustaceans.
🎤 Campaign Platform: I care about the environment! Coming from Antarctica, I live in cold water and depend on arctic ice which is starting to melt as the earth gets warmer from pollution. Help me keep the planet clean with everyday actions like conserving water, turning off lights at home, and reducing & reusing!
🗣 Campaign Slogan: A clean earth for all, no matter how big and no matter how small!

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🗳 Candidate: Flying Squirrel
🦝 Class: Mammal
🌲 Habitat: Forests
🍎 Diet: Omnivore, fruits, nuts, fungi, and birds' eggs.
🎤 Campaign Platform: I love my forest home - it keeps my family and neighbors safe and provides us with all the food we can eat! But when humans disrespect my environment, it can threaten my habitat and leave me with nowhere to live. Help me make sure that every being has a place to call home and that all communities are cared for and respected!
🗣 Campaign Slogan: Soaring to new heights to protect the environment!

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🗳 Candidate: North American Opossum
🦨 Class: Mammal
🏙 Habitat: Woodlands and urban environments
🥬 Diet: Omnivore, plants and animals such as fruits, grains, insects, snails, and earthworms.
🎤 Campaign Platform: I have learned to adapt in both woodlands and urban environments. This means getting to know my neighbors and realizing that when we all work together, our communities are stronger for it. I don't have to hang upside down by my prehensile tail (though I can) to see eye-to-eye with my neighbors!
🗣Campaign Slogan: Don’t play dead, get involved in your community!

Today we are celebrating Día de los Muertos at BCM! Traditionally, families come together in celebration of their loved ...
11/01/2020

Today we are celebrating Día de los Muertos at BCM! Traditionally, families come together in celebration of their loved ones who have passed away. In honor of these loved ones, families make elaborate altares de muertos or ofrendas, altars that are decorated with food, flowers, candles, incense, special breads, photographs, and figurines made out of sugar paste.

This collection object is a Nichos that would be added to an altar. These shadow-box scenes are often made of tin or wood and decorated with sequins, glitter and beads. Nichos usually feature a key object or central figure for whom the object has been created to remember.

Skeletons are a frequent symbol in Día de los Muertos celebrations and this Nichos is full of them, including a dog skeleton on a table at the bottom! Above the skeletons are the words Noche de los Matachines. Noche means "night" and Matachines are traveling performers in Mexico and New Mexico who travel from town to town putting on special plays and dances.

In celebrating Día de los Muertos at BCM, we honor the ancestors that came before us and those who will come after us.

Why do you think someone might have made this scene? What are they honoring?

Look who's ready to trick-or-treat 🙋‍♀️Halloween at BCM is officially sold out but there are still a few tickets left fo...
10/31/2020

Look who's ready to trick-or-treat 🙋‍♀️

Halloween at BCM is officially sold out but there are still a few tickets left for our Día de los Muertos celebration tomorrow! Choose a time (10am-11:30am, 12:30pm-2pm, 3pm-4:30pm, or 5pm-6:30pm) and join us for a day of art, music and dance! Tickets at: https://www.brooklynkids.org/tickets

Make art, listen to music and dance dance dance at Día de los Muertos this Sunday at BCM! Guest curator and teaching art...
10/27/2020

Make art, listen to music and dance dance dance at Día de los Muertos this Sunday at BCM! Guest curator and teaching artist Mincho Vega is here to help us learn about and celebrate the Day of the Dead. Get energized with performances by the Àṣẹ Dance Theatre Collective, and help build a collaborative ofrenda (altar) on BCM's rooftop!

Pre-purchase your tickets in advance at www.brooklynkids.org/tickets. Día de los Muertos Play Sessions are 90 minutes in length, with sessions beginning at 10am, 12:30pm, 3pm & 5pm. All visitors must exit BCM at the end of their Play Session so that the Museum can be cleaned. Visitors over the age of 3 must wear masks, and families will be asked to distance in BCM's exhibits. Capacity is limited, as are tickets, so don't wait! 🥰

Tickets for Halloween at BCM are on sale! Join us in your costumes on Sat Oct 31 for some downright spooky fun! 👻 Trick ...
10/26/2020

Tickets for Halloween at BCM are on sale! Join us in your costumes on Sat Oct 31 for some downright spooky fun! 👻 Trick or treat in our exhibits, meet our creepiest animal friends, take part in a costume parade, and create art prints using fall produce like apples and pumpkins.

Pre-purchase your tickets in advance at https://www.brooklynkids.org/tickets/. Tickets are also available for Día de los Muertos on Sunday, November 1 (more on that soon). Because of restricted capacity in the Museum there are limited tickets on sale - don't wait! 🎃 😊

10/26/2020
NYC Arts in Education Roundtable

NYC Arts in Education Roundtable

Join NYCAIER and the Brooklyn Children’s Museum for today’s webinar, Securing the Future of Arts Education for NYC Youth! Featuring NYC young people in conversation with City Council Member Robert Cornegy and NYCDOE Visual Arts Teacher Beth Kinkel.

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145 Brooklyn Avenue (At St Marks Avenue)
Brooklyn, NY
11213

Subway: 3 to Kingston A/C to Nostrand C to Kingston/Throop Bus: B43/B44 to St. Marks Avenue B25/B45/B65 to Brooklyn Avenue LIRR: To Nostrand Avenue

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Tuesday 10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 18:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 19:00
Sunday 10:00 - 19:00

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(718) 735-4400

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Hey! I have 1 adult and 1 children’s ticket available for free if anyone needs them. Unfortunately, we won’t be able to make it. Hopefully I can brighten up another kids day. Let me know and I’ll email them over!
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I was reading that you use captive animals for display. Why? What value can it possibly have putting anumals in tiny enclosures nothing like their natural environment for children to gawk at? How horrid.
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