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Hours and Admission

When is the Museum open?
We're open Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, 11 am–6 pm, and Thursdays, 11 am–10 pm. The first Saturday of every month (except January and September) is First Saturdays, when we're open until 11 pm. We clear our galleries 15 minutes before closing. We're closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day. For the latest hours and information, please check our Hours and Admission page.

How much is admission to the Museum?
General admission to the Museum is $16 for adults, $10 for students (with valid I.D.) and adults 65 or older. Ages 19 and under are free. Visitors with disabilities are $10 (care partners free of charge). Special rates apply to adult and school groups. Members are free.

The general admission prices are suggested contribution amounts and are not applicable to special ticketed exhibitions. For the latest admission pricing information, including the cost of any special ticketed exhibitions, please check our Hours and Admission page.

Do I have to pay the full price for admission?
Admission prices are a suggested contribution; pay what you wish. Admission fees give you access to our collection and special exhibition galleries, as well as most programs and tours. Ticketed exhibitions, films, and performances might require an additional fee. For the latest admission pricing information, including the cost of any special ticketed exhibitions, please check our Hours and Admission page.

Is there a time when admission is reduced?
Admission to the Museum is free from 5 to 11 pm on the first Saturday of every month (except January and September) for First Saturdays and from 5 to 10 pm on Thursdays.

Can anyone bypass the Admissions line?
All visitors must stop at our Admissions Desk to receive an admission ticket for the day. This includes visitors that are going to The Norm or the Café only. If you are meeting with one of our staff, please enter through our Staff Entrance, located near the Statue of Liberty statue in our parking lot area, at the back of the building. Members, please show your card to the Admissions or Membership staff and receive an admission ticket before you enter. 

When is the Museum Shop open?
Our Shop is open during the Museum’s open hours, which are Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, 11 am‒6 pm, and Thursdays, 11 am‒10 pm. The first Saturday of every month (except January and September) is First Saturdays, when we are open until 11 pm. We're closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.  For the latest information, visit our Shop online.

Can I come to the Museum just to visit the Shop? If so, do I have to pay the admission fee?
You're welcome to walk directly into our Shop, which is just inside the main entrance. No admission fee needed.

What are the Library hours, and do I need an appointment?
Our Libraries and Archives are currently open by appointment only. To discover our holdings, please search our Library Online Catalogue and Archives collections. To access our resources, send us an email, and we'll do our best to assist you:

Libraries collections: library@brooklynmuseum.org
Archives collections: archives.research@brooklynmuseum.org

What are the Café hours? The Norm restaurant hours?
The Café is open Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, 11 am‒5 pm, Thursdays, 11 am‒9:30 pm, and the first Saturday of every month (except January and September) until 10:30 pm. The Norm restaurant and bar is open Wednesdays and Fridays, noon‒4 pm, Thursdays, noon‒9 pm, Saturdays and Sundays, noon‒6 pm, and the first Saturday of every month (except January and September), noon‒10 pm.

Does my admission to the Museum also give me access to Brooklyn Botanic Garden?
No, you'll need to pay a separate admission fee for the Garden, but you can buy a joint reduced-price ticket during the Garden’s peak season (spring through fall). Visit our Hours and Admission page for Art & Garden combo ticket information.


Getting Here/Directions

How do I get to the Museum by car, bus, or subway?
By car: From Manhattan: Brooklyn Bridge; continue straight from the bridge about a half mile; left onto Atlantic Avenue for about 1.5 miles; right onto Washington Avenue for about a half mile to Eastern Parkway. The Museum is at the intersection of Eastern Parkway and Washington Avenue. For the parking lot, proceed on Washington Avenue across Eastern Parkway to the parking entrance, which is on the right off of Washington Avenue (behind the Museum).

From Westchester, the Bronx, Queens, or Connecticut: Robert F. Kennedy Bridge (Triborough) to Brooklyn-Queens Expressway (BQE); Manhattan Bridge exit to Tillary Street; left onto Flatbush Avenue for about 1.5 miles to Grand Army Plaza; about 2/3 around Plaza; right on Eastern Parkway. We're at the first intersection (Eastern Parkway and Washington Avenue).

From Staten Island and southern or central New Jersey: Verrazano-Narrows Bridge to Gowanus Expressway (Route 278 toward Manhattan); exit to 38th Street; left on Fourth Avenue for about 2 miles; right on Union Street; 5 blocks to Grand Army Plaza; go 1/2 around Plaza; right on Eastern Parkway. We're at the first intersection (Eastern Parkway and Washington Avenue).

From northern or north central New Jersey: George Washington Bridge/Holland or Lincoln Tunnel to Manhattan; follow directions from Manhattan.

From Long Island: Grand Central Parkway to Jackie Robinson Parkway; exit at Bushwick Avenue; left at third traffic light to Eastern Parkway; about 3 miles to Washington Avenue. We're across the intersection at left.

By subway: The 2/3 Eastern Parkway/Brooklyn Museum subway station is undergoing construction, so service may be altered, especially on weekends. Make sure to check with the MTA for any service changes. During normal service, take the 2/3 to Eastern Parkway/Brooklyn Museum. You can transfer to 2/3 from 4/5 (at Nevins Street) and B, D, Q, N, R, and LIRR (at Atlantic Terminal-Barclays Center). See the MTA subway map. You can also take the 4/5 to Franklin Avenue and walk west down Eastern Parkway to reach the Museum.

By bus: The closest bus stops are the B41 and B69 at Grand Army Plaza, and the B45 at St. Johns Place and Washington Avenue. Check with the MTA for the most up-to-date bus information.

Does the Museum have a parking lot?
Yes. On-site parking is available in the lot behind the Museum, off Washington Avenue. Hourly rates generally apply. On First Saturdays there's a flat rate of $6 beginning at 5 pm.

Is there street parking?
There is street parking in the neighborhood along Eastern Parkway, Washington Avenue, and other side streets. There is no street parking directly in front of the Museum.

Are there bike racks?
Yes. Bike racks are located on the sidewalk in front of the Museum and in the parking lot behind the Museum. There is also a Citi Bike station in front of the Museum.


Amenities

Is there a Coat Check?
Yes. A Coat Check is available on the first floor. Large bags, backpacks, and umbrellas must be checked. These items are free of charge. All other items are $1 per item. We cannot be responsible for lost or stolen property.

Are baby strollers permitted in the Museum?
You're welcome to use strollers throughout the building (although from time to time there are certain areas where we might need to restrict their use, on account of small spaces, especially fragile art, or other circumstances). If necessary, please leave your stroller at our Coat Check.

Are all Brooklyn Museum exhibitions appropriate for children to view?
Some of our exhibitions are directed to adult audiences, so parents and teachers are advised to preview exhibitions.

Is there a place to eat?
Yes. You can purchase a meal or snack at our Café, or have small plates, dinner, or drinks at The Norm restaurant and bar, led by Michelin-starred Chef Saul Bolton. Planning a group tour? Consider a catered lunch for your group.

Unfortunately, we can't allow outside food in the dining areas or anywhere else in the building, but you're welcome to enjoy a bagged lunch in our sculpture garden, located behind the Museum and just outside the Café.

Are there other restaurants in the area?
There are many lovely restaurants and cafés nearby, some within walking distance.


Rules and Regulations

Are visitors permitted to sketch in the Museum?
Yes. Sketching with dry, bound, or contained media (pencils, color pencils, crayons, oil sticks, ballpoint pen, felt tipped pens/markers) is allowed in the collection galleries during our regular open hours. Sketching may be restricted in some circumstances, such as when galleries are crowded. Sketching is not allowed in special exhibitions, and groups are not allowed to sketch unless they’re taking part in one of the Museum’s art classes

Are visitors allowed to paint in the Museum?
Wet media such as paint or watercolor is allowed only as part of one of the Museum’s art classes or if you’re interested in copying a work of art. If you’d like to copy a work of art, you must apply for a permit issued by the Brooklyn Museum. Copying is restricted to works in our collection and is allowed only on certain days and at certain times. Learn more about our copying procedure or request an application by emailing information@brooklynmuseum.org.

Is photography or videography permitted in the Museum?
Yes. Photography and videography are allowed in the Museum so long as the images are taken using existing light only (no flash) and are for personal, noncommercial use. Photography and videography are often restricted in special exhibition galleries; ask for further details at our Admissions Desk when you arrive. Tripods and selfie-sticks are not permitted.

Is wedding photography permitted in the Museum? 
We currently do not permit wedding photography in the Museum during public hours. You're welcome to shoot outside on the plaza and steps as long as your group does not impede other visitors or programming. There's no fee for exterior photography, but we do ask that you notify us in advance. Interior photography can be arranged in conjunction with a wedding booked on our premises.

Is commercial photography or filming permitted at the Museum?
Commercial photography or filming projects are welcome at the Museum if planned and approved in advance. Please check our Film & Photo Shoots page for more information and contact the coordinator at filmshoots@brooklynmuseum.org or 718.501.6166 with your proposal. All commercial projects must be approved by the Museum in writing.


Visitors with Disabilities

Is the Museum wheelchair accessible?
Yes. The building and grounds, including parking, are wheelchair accessible. Wheelchairs are available for free at our Coat Check. For more information, please see our Visitors with Disabilities page.

Are wheelchairs available at the Museum?
Yes. Wheelchairs are available for free at our Coat Check on the first floor. For more information, please visit our Visitors with Disabilities page.

How do I get to the Museum by subway if I’m in a wheelchair?
Unfortunately, the Eastern Parkway 2/3 subway station does not have an elevator. Visitors in wheelchairs may take the subway to other MTA accessible stops and transfer to a bus line. The B41 and B69 stop at Grand Army Plaza; the B48 stops at Franklin Avenue and Eastern Parkway.

Does the Museum offer special programs or tours for visitors with visual or hearing impairments?
We offer programs for visitors with diverse needs. Please email our Access Coordinator (access@brooklynmuseum.org) or call 718.501.6520 for more information. You can also visit our Visitors with Disabilities page.

Are service animals allowed in the Museum?
We welcome visitors with Service Animals, and you don't need to notify us in advance if you're visiting the Museum with a Service Animal. Animals whose sole function is to provide comfort or emotional support do not qualify as Service Animals under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and are, therefore, not permitted. Read or download a PDF of our complete Service Animal Policy.


Groups

How do I arrange a visit for a school group or group of adults?
All guided and self-guided school groups, and all adult groups, must make advance reservations for visits. Tours are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis and tend to fill up quickly. Please make your reservation as early as possible. Lessons for school groups must be booked at least three weeks in advance. Please note that reservations cannot be made over the phone. For more information, visit the following pages:
Group Tours
Guided Gallery Visits for K–12 Students
Self-Guided Gallery Visits for K–12 Students


Tours

Gallery Tours
We offer private, guided group tours with a professional guide that you can schedule in advance. We also have daily gallery tours led by Museum-trained volunteers that are free with Museum admission. For the most up-to-date listing of public tours, please see our calendar

Gallery Talks
Talks are delivered by Museum curators, conservators, independent scholars, and advanced students of art history and are based on either special exhibitions or our collections. Visit our calendar for dates, times, and topics.

Do you offer tours in any languages other than English?
Arrangements can be made in advance to schedule alternate tours in select languages by contacting grouptours@brooklynmuseum.org.

Are there tours in Sign Language?
Tours with American Sign Language interpretation are scheduled on a by-request basis. To request interpretation, please contact access@brooklynmuseum.org or call 718.501.6520.

Does the Museum offer audio tours?
No. We do not offer audio tours at this time. However, we offer the opportunity to text with an art historian during your visit by using our ASK Brooklyn Museum app.

What programs does the Museum offer for children?
We offer a variety of programs for children of all ages. Check the calendar for current listings or visit our Education pages for more information.


Programs and Events

What are First Saturdays?
On the first Saturday of every month (except January and September), we open our doors to the community free of charge from 5 to 11 pm. Our galleries, Café, and Shop are open, and visitors of all ages can choose from an exciting menu of free special events, including family art activities; gallery talks; live music, dance, and theater performances; and film screenings. See the schedule for the next First Saturday.

What programs/events are scheduled?
For the latest programs and events, please see our calendar


Rights and Reproductions

How do I request images of works in the Museum's collections?
You may use and share images from our website for noncommercial purposes with attribution to the Brooklyn Museum in accordance with our copyright policy. If you need higher resolution images for publication, personal use, or study purposes, contact Image Services at 718.501.6202 or reproductions@brooklynmuseum.org. Detailed information is also available on our Image Services Fee Schedule. You can also order images for teaching purposes at Davis Art Slides.

I am working on a publication/project and would like to use images from the Brooklyn Museum website. How do I obtain permission and high resolution images?
Please submit your request using our online form, so that we have all necessary information. Information about procedures and costs may be found on our Image Services page. If you have further questions, please contact reproductions@brooklynmuseum.org.

I already have an image downloaded from the website. Can I use this image?
Yes, so long as the reproduction is of a work in the public domain, is 1/4 page or less, and website download is sufficient for nonprofit publications/independent scholar publications. Rights status can be found next to the word “Rights Statement” on the object page, which is found in the Collection area of the website. Please credit the Museum by using the credit as it appears on the website after the word “Caption” on our object page.

If you need higher resolution images and/or images of works that are not in the public domain, please submit your request using our online form, so that we have all necessary information. You can review procedures and costs on our Image Services page. If you have further questions, please contact reproductions@brooklynmuseum.org.

What is the copyright status of this work?
Copyright status is displayed on the object page, next to the words “Rights Statement.” If you have further questions, please contact copyright@brooklynmuseum.org.

Is this work in the Brooklyn Museum collection?
Please provide information about the work, such as title, artist name, and/or accession number, to reproductions@brooklynmuseum.org. If you don’t have any further information regarding the work, please send us the reference image. Please be advised that an image search may take significantly more time due to the large number of objects in our holdings.

I saw an image in a Museum publication. How do I obtain a high-resolution image and permission to use it?
Please submit your request using our online form, so that we have all necessary information. You can review procedures and costs on our Image Services page. If you don’t have an accession number for the work, let us know the publication information along with the figure number and page number where the image can be found within the publication.

How can I obtain installation images from a past exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum?
Please contact archives.research@brooklynmuseum.org for installation images of past exhibitions held at the Brooklyn Museum.

I’m writing an article about a current Brooklyn Museum exhibition. How do I obtain high-resolution images and permission to use them?
Please contact press@brooklynmuseum.org for image files of current exhibitions.


Membership and Donations
We love our Members! Thank you for supporting the Brooklyn Museum.

How do I become a Member?
To become a Member, join online or complete an application form and mail it along with your dues to our Membership department. You can also stop by the Admissions Desk in the Lobby and complete the application in person. For more information, visit our Membership page, call 718.501.6326, or email membership@brooklynmuseum.org.

What are the benefits of becoming a Member?
As a Member, you'll enjoy complimentary admission (always free for ages 19 and under), invitations to Members-only previews and viewing hours, discounts on Museum programs, dining, and shopping, plus so much more. For more information, visit our Membership page, call 718.501.6326, or email membership@brooklynmuseum.org.

How do I make a donation to the Museum?
Thank you for supporting the Brooklyn Museum. You're welcome to make a secure, fully tax-deductible donation online; by calling the Development department at 718.501.6327 and using your Visa, MasterCard, or American Express card; or by mailing a check made payable to the Brooklyn Museum.

I am a current Member and/or donor. How can I change my name and/or address and continue to receive mail from the Museum?
Please provide your new name and/or address to the Membership department by phone 718.501.6326, fax 718.501.6139, or email membership@brooklynmuseum.org.

May I designate a secondary Membership cardholder?
Yes. Starting at the Dual level, Members receive a second card in the name of a household member of their choosing. For more information, visit our Membership page, call 718.501.6326, or email membership@brooklynmuseum.org.

Can I give a Membership as a gift?
Absolutely! Memberships make great birthday, graduation, wedding, anniversary, or holiday gifts for family, friends, and/or business associates. You can purchase gift Memberships online, by calling 718.501.6326, or in person at the Member Services Desk. If you are purchasing online, make sure to choose JOIN/RENEW first, then “Give as gift.”

How do I receive my Brooklyn Museum Members discount?
Simply by presenting your Membership card to any Museum associate in our Shop or Café upon payment. Your 10% discount will be deducted from the full retail price. For purchases made through the Museum Shop online, type your Member I.D. number (located above your name on your valid Membership card) in the designated area. Your discount will appear on your final invoice.

How can I find out if my company matches the contributions that I make to the Museum?
By visiting your company's Human Resources department and requesting a matching gift form. Your company's matching gift form will provide full information on eligibility and program limitations.

Can I make a contribution in honor or in memory of someone?
Yes. If you make a gift in any amount to honor someone special, that person will be informed of your thoughtfulness. The family of a loved one commemorated by your gift will be notified. Call 718.501.6237 for further information. Thank you for supporting the Brooklyn Museum.


Research/Library Questions

What are the Library hours, and do I need an appointment?
Our Libraries and Archives are currently open by appointment only. To discover our collections, please use our Library Online Catalogue and Archives collections. To access our resources, send us an email, and we'll do our best to assist you:

Libraries collections: library@brooklynmuseum.org
Archives collections: archives.research@brooklynmuseum.org


Get Involved: Careers, Volunteer, Partnerships/Performances

How do I submit a proposal to present at the Museum?
If you'd like to present a performance, film, or adult workshop at the Museum, you're welcome to submit a proposal online or by email at public.programs@brooklynmuseum.org.

Can I volunteer at the Museum?
We're always looking for engaged, thoughtful, and energetic people who want to learn about subjects they're passionate about while gaining rare access to the inner workings of a world-class cultural institution. We'll make every effort to place you in an assignment that matches your experience and interests. And remember, you must be at least 18 years old to volunteer.

Most assignments are project-based and take place in a variety of departments, including Finance, Libraries and Archives, Conservation, Government Relations, Curatorial, Education, Development, Membership, Human Resources, Merchandising, Visitor Engagement, and the Director's Office.

To get started, send your résumé and a brief note describing what you're interested in to us at volunteers@brooklynmuseum.org.

Are internships available?
You can find the latest internship opportunities on our Careers page. Check back often for new internships. In the meanwhile, feel free to get in touch with us at internships@brooklynmuseum.org. (Also, check our ongoing opportunities for teens.)

What jobs are currently available?
You can find the latest opportunities on our Careers page.
 

About the Museum

Is the Museum a private or public institution?
The Brooklyn Museum is a private, nonprofit institution governed by a Board of Trustees, operating in a building owned by New York City.

How large is the Museum and its collections?
The Brooklyn Museum is one of the largest art museums in the United States and one of the premier art institutions in the world. Our collections include a wide range of objects from ancient Egyptian masterpieces to contemporary art, representing almost every culture in the world. We are housed in a 560,000-square-foot Beaux-Arts building.

What is meant by the term “collections”?
Our collections are made up of the works of art that the Museum actually owns. (It does not include works in special exhibitions or works temporarily on loan to the Museum.) The collections range from Egyptian sarcophagi to period rooms, with only a fraction of these works on display at any given time. Collections are rotated (that is, some objects are put away so that others can be shown) in the collection galleries, but there are always many works in our storerooms.

What is in the Museum’s collections?
Our world-renowned collections range from ancient Egyptian masterpieces to contemporary art, and represent a wide range of cultures. All collections can be explored on our website.

Why are some objects not on view?
The collections are very large, which is why only a fraction of them can be on public view at any given time. Sometimes works are lent to other museums for special exhibitions; sometimes they are in our conservation laboratory for study or maintenance. Certain types of objects, such as watercolors, textiles, and photographs, are sensitive to light and begin to fade if they are exposed for too long, so their exhibition time is limited. Finally, as large as the Museum is, there is not enough room to display everything in the collections. In order to present our best works, collections are rotated periodically.

What is meant by the term “special exhibition”?
A special exhibition is a temporary installation of artworks devoted to a particular theme. Special exhibitions may include works from our collections, but usually feature works that are borrowed from museums around the country or around the world. Sometimes a special exhibition will show works that belong to just one institution or owner. Special exhibitions are usually on view for about 12 weeks and often travel to other museums before or after being shown at the Brooklyn Museum.

What are the current special exhibitions at the Museum?
Visit our On View page.

I'm an artist. How can I let you know about my work?
Due to current demands on staffing, we're not able to accept and review artist submissions at this time.

How can I donate a work of art to the Museum?
Since its founding, the Brooklyn Museum has benefited from the generosity of the public in building its collections, and we continue to welcome gifts. However, not every object is right for our collections. If we already have a work that an offered gift duplicates, or if a work would never have a chance to be exhibited, we prefer not to add it to the collection. Therefore we have a careful process for reviewing all gift offers.

If you wish to offer an artwork to the Museum, please send images, along with a letter outlining your intentions, to the curatorial department in which your work would be housed. If you are not sure which department is appropriate, please send offers to the attention of the Chief Curator. You can also email the information to information@brooklynmuseum.org. We appreciate your generous intentions.

How do I find out how much an object in the Brooklyn Museum collections is worth?
We do not disclose the monetary value of objects in our collections.


Art Questions

Can you tell me the value of an artwork that I own?
As a nonprofit institution, the Brooklyn Museum does not provide authentications or appraisals to third parties concerning works of art. Instead, we can suggest that you contact one of the following professional organizations. They can assist with questions about value, provenance, or attribution of works of art. For specific artists, foundations and catalogue raisonné committees focusing on that artist may also offer authentications.

International Foundation for Art Research (IFAR)
500 Fifth Avenue, Suite 935
New York, NY 10110
212.391.6234

American Society of Appraisers
P.O. Box 17625
Washington, D.C., 20041
800.ASA.VALU

Appraisers Association of America, Inc.
212 West 35th Street 11th Floor
New York, NY 10001
212.889.5404 x 10
referrals@appraisersassociation.org

Art Dealers Association of America
575 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10022
212.940.8590

Where would I go to have a work of art restored?
The American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works, which can be reached at 202.452.9545, helps collectors find and choose qualified conservators in their particular area of the country.