Barbara M. Vogelstein
Chair, Board of Trustees
Barbara Vogelstein has nearly 25 years of experience in private equity investing; her career includes significant terms at Warburg, Pincus & Co., one of the world’s largest private equity firms, where she founded their London office; and Apax Partners & Co., where she was responsible for the firm’s international media investment group. After her retirement, Vogelstein pursued many notable not-for-profit endeavors, including serving on the board of Vassar College and chairing its $430 million capital campaign. In addition, she serves on the boards of the School of American Ballet, the Grand Teton Music Festival, and Third Way, a progressive think tank. Vogelstein co-led the search that resulted in the hiring of Anne Pasternak last year. Vogelstein and her husband, John, also endowed the Museum staff position of Curator of Contemporary Art in 2005.
Photo by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders
Shelby White and Leon Levy Director
On September 1, 2015, Anne Pasternak joined the Brooklyn Museum, one of the oldest and largest fine arts collections in the nation. Previously, she served as President and Artistic Director of Creative Time, a non-profit arts organization based in New York City that commissions and presents adventurous public art projects. In her twenty years of leadership, the organization collaborated with hundreds of artists, expanded its work globally, and introduced millions of people to innovative contemporary art practices. Renowned projects include performances in the historic Brooklyn Bridge Anchorage, sculptural installations in Grand Central Station’s Vanderbilt Hall, sign paintings in Coney Island, skywriting over Manhattan, and among the most remarkable, the Tribute in Light, the twin beacons of light that illuminated the sky above the former World Trade Center site six months after 9/11, and which continue to be presented on the anniversaries of that date.
Anne has been committed to initiating projects that give artists opportunities to engage in the big issues of our times while also expanding their practice, including such now-renowned artists as Doug Aitken, Laurie Anderson, Cai Guo-Qiang, Nick Cave, Paul Chan, Jenny Holzer, Vik Muniz, Shirin Neshat, Tom Sachs, Kara Walker, and many more. She is known as a field innovator, having launched international programs such as the Creative Time Summit, the largest art and social-justice conference in the world, and Creative Time Reports, which provides artists with a space to voice analysis and commentary on issues too often overlooked by mainstream media.
With her demonstrated imagination and skill, Anne envisions new ways to connect the Brooklyn Museum’s historical collections with leading-edge ideas and practices. Deeply passionate about engaging broad audiences and the limitless power of art to move, motivate, and inspire, she is a staunch advocate for the civic and democratic roles our cultural and educational institutions can play.
Photo of Anne Pasternak by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders
Dear friends of the Brooklyn Museum,
We are delighted to share very important news with you. On Tuesday, May 19, at a special meeting of the Brooklyn Museum Board of Trustees, the Board enthusiastically voted Anne Pasternak to serve as the Museum’s next Shelby White and Leon Levy Director. We are thrilled to announce that Anne joins the Museum on September 1, after more than 20 years as the visionary President and Artistic Director of Creative Time, a non-profit arts organization that commissions and presents major public art projects with thousands of artists throughout New York City, the U.S., and the world. She succeeds Arnold Lehman, who retires as of August 31, after a trailblazing 18-year tenure that we’ve all been fortunate enough to experience.
Anne is the clear choice to lead the Brooklyn Museum at a pivotal moment for the institution, and in art history. Anne believes in the limitless power of art to move, motivate, and inspire, and few cultural leaders have succeeded in reaching such huge audiences. Through her work at Creative Time, she is responsible for the historic and unforgettable "Tribute in Light" that has appeared annually next to the site of the World Trade Center since early 2002, as well as last year’s jaw-dropping presentation of Kara Walker’s "A Subtlety" at the former Domino Sugar Factory in Brooklyn, which drew crowds by the thousands and made headlines around the world. Anne’s ability to galvanize communities and foster artistic accomplishment will strengthen the Museum as a cultural and civic leader in Brooklyn and the world. Her imagination and skill will serve to envision new ways to connect the Museum’s historical collections with contemporary ideas and practice. As Arnold has said: "She is the perfect person to lead the Museum into the future."
Included here is a link to the press release that details the appointment. An exclusive story appears in The New York Times online, and in the May 20, 2015, printed edition.
We look forward to welcoming Anne and experiencing her vision for the Museum.
As we anticipate the exceptional times that lie ahead, please accept our heartfelt thanks for your support during this exciting moment in the Brooklyn Museum’s history.
Elizabeth A. Sackler
Chair, Board of Trustees
President, Board of Trustees
Search Committee Co-Chair
Barbara M. Vogelstein
Search Committee Co-Chair
How do I get to the Museum by car, bus, or subway?
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Does the Museum have a parking lot?
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Is there street parking?
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Are there bike racks?
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Hours and Admission
When is the Museum open?
Please see our Hours and Admission page.
How much is admission to the Museum?
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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 permanent collection and special exhibition galleries, as well as most programs and tours. Ticketed exhibitions, films, and performances might require an additional fee.
Is there a time when admission is reduced?
Admission to the Museum is free from 5 to 11 p.m. on the first Saturday of every month (except September).
What are Target First Saturdays?
On the first Saturday of every month (except September), we open our doors to the community free of charge from 5 to 11 p.m. Galleries, the BKM Café and Bowl, and the 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 Target First Saturday.
Can anyone bypass the Admissions line?
All visitors must stop at the Admissions Desk to receive an admission tag for the day. Members, show your card to the Admissions or Membership staff and receive an admission tag before you enter.
When is the Museum Shop open?
See our Shop hours page.
Can I come to the Museum just to visit the Museum Shop? If so, do I have to pay the admission fee?
You don't have to pay the admission fee. Stop by our Admissions Desk for a free pass to visit our Shop.
What are the Library hours, and do I need an appointment?
Our Libraries and Archives are closed to the public until fall 2017 for renovation to our second floor. If you're a researcher who needs to access our resources, send us an email and we'll do our best to assist you.
Does my admission to the Museum also give me access to the 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).
In and Around the Museum
Is there a coat check?
Yes. Please see our Visitor Amenities page.
Are baby strollers permitted in the Museum?
Yes. See our Visitor Amenities page.
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 the BKM Café or BKM Bowl. 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.
Are there other restaurants in the area?
There are many restaurants and cafés nearby, some within walking distance.
What is Heart of Brooklyn?
Heart of Brooklyn is the name of a unique partnership among six of Brooklyn’s most prestigious cultural institutions: Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Public Library, Prospect Park Alliance, and Prospect Park Zoo. To use their collective resources to better serve a diverse Brooklyn-based community as well a larger public, these organizations formed Heart of Brooklyn as a nonprofit organization in July 2001. Visit the Heart of Brooklyn website.
Visitors with Disabilities
Is the Museum wheelchair accessible?
Yes. Please see our Access Services and Programs page.
Are wheelchairs available at the Museum?
Yes. See our Access Services and Programs page.
How do I get to the Museum by subway if I’m in a wheelchair?
The Eastern Parkway 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; B48 at Franklin Avenue and Eastern Parkway.
Does the Museum offer special programs or tours for visitors with visual or hearing impairments?
We offer a variety of programs for visitors with diverse needs. Please call our Education Division at 718.501.6230 for more information or see an online list of our Access Services and Programs.
Visiting as a Group
How do I arrange a visit for a school group or group of adults?
All guided and self-guided school school groups, and all adult groups must make advance reservations for visits. Reservations 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. A reservation form must be filled out in advance. For more information, please see the following pages:
How do I arrange for a group of adults?
All guided and self-guided groups must make advance reservations for visits. Reservations are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis and tend to fill up quickly. Please make your reservation as early as possible. For more information, please see our Group Tours page.
Why should I pre-register my self-guided group?
1. In the event of an emergency, our staff will be better informed and able to assist your group members if we have your contact information on file.
2. Pre-registering gives your group priority over non-registered groups when entering our galleries.
3. Pre-registered groups that visit the Museum five or more times within one year will qualify for Cultural Ambassador benefits and savings.
4. Pre-registered groups receive welcome packets with Brooklyn Museum literature for group members
Tours and Talks
We offer private guided tours that you can schedule in advance. We also have daily gallery tours led by Museum-trained volunteers that are free with Museum admission on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at 1:30 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays at 2, 3, and 4 p.m. Call 718.638.5000 for times and specific topics.
Talks are delivered by Museum curators, conservators, independent scholars, and advanced students of art history and are based on either special exhibitions or the permanent 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 email@example.com.
Are there tours in Sign Language?
We don't currently have any scheduled tours for our visitors with hearing impairments, but we hope to initiate this service in the near future. We do have various children’s programs that offer sign-language interpretation on certain dates.
Does the Museum offer audio tours?
We have audio tours for select special exhibitions. Check the exhibition's page on our website to see if an audio tour is offered.
Are audio tours offered in languages other than English?
Audio tours are sometimes offered in languages other than English. For details about available audio tours, please check the page on our website for the exhibition you're interested in.
What programs does the Museum offer for children?
We offer weekly programs for children. Check the calendar for current listings or stop by the Museum and pick up our weekly What’s Happening palm card, bimonthly program calendar, or Family Programs brochure.
About the Museum
Is the Museum a private or public institution?
The Brooklyn Museum is a private, not-for-profit 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 permanent 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 “permanent collections”?
Our permanent 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 Brooklyn Museum’s permanent 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 permanent collection galleries, but there are always many works in our storerooms.
What is in the Museum’s permanent collections?
Our world-renowned permanent collections range from ancient Egyptian masterpieces to contemporary art, and represent a wide range of cultures. All collections can be explored online on our website.
Why are some objects not on exhibition?
The permanent collections are very large and only a fraction of these can be on exhibition at any given time. Sometimes works are lent to other museums for special exhibitions; sometimes they are in the 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 the Brooklyn Museum’s 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?
Please see our Exhibitions 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 do I find out how much an object in the Brooklyn Museum collections is worth?
We do not disclose the monetary values of objects in our collections.
Can you tell me the value of an artwork that I own?
We do not provide monetary appraisals. To determine the value of an object or to find an appraiser, contact the Art Dealers Association of America or the American Society of Appraisers.
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. We appreciate your generous intentions.
Painting, Sketching, Photography, and Performance in the Museum
Are visitors permitted to sketch in the Museum?
Yes. Sketching in pencil, crayon, pastel, and charcoal is permitted in all the permanent collections of the Brooklyn Museum during our regular hours. The use of ink, watercolor, fountain, felt tip, or ballpoint pen is not permitted. Sketching is also permitted in most special exhibitions, but is restricted in ticketed exhibitions and crowded galleries. Get further details at our Admissions Desk.
Groups who intend to sketch should contact us prior to their visit. Certain rules govern the use of art materials by staff-supervised groups in our permanent collection galleries and special exhibitions. Call our Education Division at 718.501.6230 for more information. Note that the staff-guided groups mentioned above may include: Gallery/Studio classes of no more than 15 students; guided gallery visits for school groups, generally consisting of 30 to 35 students with a classroom teacher and 3 parent chaperones; and family programs, generally with a one-to-one ratio of parents to children.
Are visitors allowed to paint in the Museum?
Visitors who wish to copy a work of art must apply for a permit issued by the Brooklyn Museum, which is valid for one month and may be renewed. Copying is restricted to works in the permanent collections and is allowed on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 12 to 4 p.m. only. The copyist must indicate specific dates and times on his or her permit application. We reserve the right to refuse a permit and to revoke such permits at any time. Permits will only be issued upon receipt and approval of the copyist’s application.
All copies must be made on a scale that differs from the original by at least 20% in both height and width. Copies must be stamped by the appropriate curator upon completion. Objects on loan to the Museum may not be copied without the written permission of the owners. The Tissot watercolors may not be copied. Works by living artists may not be copied without their written permission.
Copies cannot be stored in the building. Copyists must bring all appropriate equipment, such as drop-cloth, easel, and paints. All paints, oils, rags, and set-up materials must be removed from the building at the close of each day.
Self-guided groups are not allowed to copy art with wet media.
Certain rules govern the use of art materials by staff-supervised groups in the Brooklyn Museum’s permanent collection galleries and special exhibitions. Please call the Education Division at 718.501.6230 for more information.
Is photography or videography permitted in the Museum?
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, non-commercial use. Photography and videography are often restricted in special exhibition galleries; ask for further details at our Admissions Desk when you arrive. Tripods 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 permitted at the Museum if planned and approved in advance. Please check our location photography page for more information and contact the coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or 718.501.6202 with your proposal. All commercial projects must be approved by the Museum in writing.
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 electronically or by email, or to contact email@example.com for more information.
How do I request images of works in the Museum's collections?
You may use and share images from our website for non-commercial 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 by email. Detailed information is also available on our Image Services Fee Schedule. You can also order images for teaching purposes at Davis Art Slides.
Can I volunteer at the Museum?
We have a variety of volunteer opportunities. Call 718.501.6347 for more information.
Are internships available?
Our Education Division offers a limited number of summer or ten-month internships.
Membership and Donations
How do I become a Member?
To become a Member, join online; complete an application form and mail it along with your dues to the Membership department; stop by the Brooklyn Community Foundation Visitor Center in the Rubin Lobby; or call 718.501.6326 during Museum hours.
What are the benefits of becoming a Member?
Benefits vary depending on the level of Membership.
What are the benefits and eligibility surrounding the IDNYC Card Program?
How do I make a donation to the Museum?
You may 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?
By providing your new name and/or address to the Membership Department by phone 718.501.6326, fax 718.501.6139, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
May I designate a secondary Membership card holder?
Yes, starting at the Dual level, Members receive a second card in the name of a household member of their choosing.
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. Gift Memberships are available by calling 718.501.6326. You can also apply online or mail the form to the Museum; purchase a Gift Membership online; or stop by our Membership Desk.
How do I receive my Brooklyn Museum Members discount?
Simply by presenting your Membership card to any Museum associate in our Shop, BKM Bowl, or BKM 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 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.
What kinds of events can I hold at the Museum?
Are there any types of events that cannot be held at the Museum?
What spaces are available for my event?
When can my event be held?
How much does it cost to rent space(s)?
Once you've visited us and looked at the space or spaces you're interested in, or discussed your event with our Special Events representative (if you can't make an in-person visit), we'll provide a specially tailored proposal with all estimated fees.
Do you have exclusive vendors, or can I hire my own?
If you need the following services for your event, please use these exclusive vendors:
You're welcome to bring in additional vendors as long as (a) each vendor understands and follows all guidelines for facility rental, (b) you give us a list of all vendors, including contact information, in advance of your event, and (c) each vendor submits a valid Certificate of Insurance to us in advance of your event.
We're happy to provide a list of recommended vendors upon request!
How do I submit an inquiry for facility rental?
To get started, send the information below to us at email@example.com (we can only take requests via email). Nonprofits and schools should send this information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your Contact Information
Make sure to send all the information requested above. Because we receive a high volume of rental requests, we might not be able to reply to incomplete submissions.
Once we've received your request, our Special Events representative will get in touch with you to schedule an appointment for an in-person site visit. Site visits are available by appointment only during regular business hours, Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Thank you for thinking of us for your event. We look forward to hearing from you!
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