The Brooklyn Museum’s impressive and iconic façade may look just like any other, but the galleries of this borough staple are ripe with some of the most diverse, colorful and iconic artwork in all of New York’s five boroughs. An impressive group of professional curators insures not only that the 1.5 million permanent pieces in the collection are well cared for and displayed with pride, but that visiting shows and installations are in keeping with the pulse of the borough. Paintings from diverse artists like Kehinde Wiley, as well as socially conscious video installations and pop-culture savvy temporary shows like The Rise of Sneaker Culture speak to the museum’s urban focus and desire to bring art to the masses. It’s part of what this destination at the center of the Prospect Heights, Crown Heights, Flatbush and Park Slope neighborhoods has been known for since it opened in 1895.
The museum is closed Monday and Tuesday. It is open from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. Wednesday and Friday through Sunday. It is open Thursdays from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. and from 11 a.m. until 11 p.m. the first Saturday of every month.