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The Brooklyn Children's Museum

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145 Brooklyn Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11213 
Phone: 718 735-4400
Fax: 718 604-7442
www.bchildmus.org
We’re located next to beautiful Brower Park, just one mile from Grand Army Plaza, in the Heart of Brooklyn cultural hub.
145 Brooklyn Avenue (at St. Marks Avenue), Brooklyn, NY 11213
Use links at left for maps and directions, dining options, and nearby cultural attractions.

Admission is $7.50 per person.
Admission is free for Museum members and children under 1 year of age.
Annual family memberships offer FREE admission for 12 months, and are available beginning at $85.

 Saturday: 10am-5pm 
Sunday: 10am-5pm
Monday:  9am–1pm* Museum members only
Tuesday: 10am-5pm
Wednesday:   10am-5pm
Thursday: 10am-5pm
Friday: 10am-5pm

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The Brooklyn Children's MuseumWHO WE ARE
"The children's museum idea is Brooklyn's gift to the world."
Anna Billings Gallup, museum pioneer, 1926
A pioneer in education, Brooklyn Children’s Museum was the first museum created expressly for children when it was founded in 1899. Its success has sparked the creation of 300 children’s museums around the world. 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. It is the only children’s museum in New York City, and one of few in the country, to be accredited by the American Association of Museums.


OUR MISSION
The mission of Brooklyn Children’s Museum is to actively engage children in educational and entertaining experiences through innovation and excellence in exhibitions, programs, and use of its collection. The Museum encourages children to develop an understanding of and respect for themselves, others and the world around them by exploring cultures, the arts, science, and the environment.


The Brooklyn Children's Museum nightjourneysTHE MUSEUM’S VISION
Brooklyn Children’s Museum enriches children’s lives through inspiring, involving, and challenging them to learn about themselves, others, and the world around them. The Museum is a leader among cultural institutions, recognized for innovation in addressing the educational, cultural, and social concerns of youth and families in our diverse and dynamic urban environment.


SERVING A DIVERSE AUDIENCE
Brooklyn Children’s Museum was founded in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, over a century ago, and has been proud to call that community its home ever since. As the neighborhood has changed and grown, so has the Museum—embracing the rich diversity of its surroundings.
Brooklyn Children’s Museum has an ongoing commitment to presenting programs, exhibits, and performances that welcome everyone and build understanding of the diverse cultures in New York City and around the world.


The Brooklyn Children's Museum objectEXPANDING SPACE = EXPANDING MINDS
Brooklyn Children’s Museum has just completed an amazing, eco-friendly expansion project! The Museum is now equipped to provide 21st-century learning adventures for growing numbers of children from the neighborhoods of New York City, the greater metropolitan region, and beyond. The Museum has doubled in size and incorporates the latest innovations in high performance architecture. It is the first "green" museum in New York City, awarded a LEED-Silver certification by the U.S. Green Buildings Council.


HOW CAN A YELLOW BUILDING BE GREEN?
The outside of the Museum’s new building is daffodil-yellow, but its inner workings are "green." In keeping with the Museum’s commitment to preserve and protect the world’s natural resources, it uses environmentally advanced, sustainable, renewable and/or recyclable materials and systems in the building’s design and construction.


The Brooklyn Children's Museum run jump flyINCREASING PUBLIC ACCESS TO OUR COLLECTION
Brooklyn Children’s Museum is one of the few children’s museums in the world with a permanent collection, including nearly 30,000 cultural objects and natural-history specimens. The cultural collection contains both ancient and present-day objects, including musical instruments, sculpture, masks, body adornments, and dolls, as well as everyday household and personal items. The natural-history collection contains rocks, minerals, and fossils, as well as mounted birds, mammals, insects, and skeletons (highlights include the complete skeleton of an Asian elephant, dinosaur footprints, and a whale rib).
For years, much of the collection has been inaccessible to the public simply because of space limitations. Now, an expanded collection study area allows the Museum to display more of the collection and to offer more hands-on activities—so children learn by touching as well as by looking.


The Brooklyn Children's Museum topsecretHEART OF BROOKLYN
Brooklyn Children’s Museum is a founding member of Heart of Brooklyn, a unique partnership among six of Brooklyn’s most treasured cultural institutions: Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Public Library, Prospect Park, and Prospect Park Zoo. To utilize their collective resources and better serve a diverse and multi-cultural community as well as the greater public, these organizations formed Heart of Brooklyn as a non-profit organization in July 2001. Heart of Brooklyn provides a forum for collaboration to achieve a shared vision of increased access to and awareness of our vast educational and cultural resources.

 
MUSEUM LEADERSHIP

Georgina Ngozi is president and chief executive officer of the world’s first museum created The Brooklyn Children's Museum world brooklynexpressly for children; she is the 110-year-old institution’s 11th leader, succeeding Carol Enseki, who stepped down in September 2009. William Rifkin, chairman of the Museum’s Board of Trustees and vice chairman of mergers and acquisitions at J.P. Morgan, said that Ngozi, a seasoned education and arts executive who was born and raised in Brooklyn, was the Board’s unanimous choice as president, following an extensive national search. (Click here to read the announcement).   
The appointment is a second homecoming for Ms. Ngozi; she previously served as director of education at Brooklyn Children’s Museum, from 2002 to 2006, developing science and arts programs and exhibits, including Eyes of Children: The Rwanda Project, with the students in the Museum’s afterschool “Kids Crew” program, and Romare Bearden’s Li’l Dan, the Drummer Boy, part of a citywide celebration of the artist. 
She was recruited away from Brooklyn Children’s Museum in 2006 to become executive director of the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry, a museum in Charleston, S.C., that had recently opened. While there, she led the young museum to post-opening operational stability and forged partnerships that successfully increased diversity in the museum’s audience, opened up free access opportunities, and introduced new preschool education resources in the community.
Ms. Ngozi has also held positions as director of art education at the Children’s Museum of Houston; special projects director at Writers in the Schools, a literacy-arts program in Houston; manager and sales associate at Western & Southern Arts Associates, an arts management firm; public-policy analyst and spokesperson at the National Black Child Development Institute, in Washington, D.C.; and head and branch chief of the preschool and day care division of the United Planning Organization, a community action agency in Washington, D.C.
She is active in the broader museum and arts communities nationally, serving on the Board of Directors of the Association of Children’s Museums and chairing its annual conference in 2007; serving as a grant reviewer for the National Endowment for the Arts, the Institute for Museum and Library Services, and other organizations; and advising other cultural institutions on arts and education matters, including the Houston Museum of African American Culture and the Chicago Historical Society.
Selected by the Noyce Leadership Institute, along with 16 other museum presidents from around the world, Ms. Ngozi is also a Noyce Leadership Fellow. The fellowship program equips museum executives with tools and resources that enable their institutions to have a greater science-education impact in their communities, encouraging children and youth to choose careers in science and helping adults to understand the crucial science and public-policy issues in their lives.

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