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FAQ

We're now open and look forward to welcoming our staff and visitors back to the Museum. We're continuously monitoring the situation and paying close attention to updates and guidelines issued by health officials.
 

A Healthy and Safe Reopening

How is the Museum keeping visitors safe as it reopens?
Your safety, and that of our team, is our top priority, and we're following procedures and guidelines laid out by the CDC and local health officials. Our Plan Your Visit page provides an overview of the new safety guidelines including requirements for face coverings and social distancing. You can find additional information in the questions and answers below.

An inherent risk of exposure to the coronavirus (COVID-19) may exist anywhere people are, or have recently been, present. By visiting the Brooklyn Museum, you acknowledge and voluntarily assume all risk related to any potential exposure to COVID-19.  

Do I have to wear a mask?
Yes. Like everywhere else in the city, face coverings over your nose and mouth are required for everyone (face shields without masks are not sufficient). Masks with valves or other openings are not permitted. If you’re unable to wear a face covering (e.g., a mask), we regret that in order to ensure the safety of our staff and visitors, we’ll be unable to accommodate your entry at this time. We look forward to welcoming you back when these protocols are no longer necessary. (Masks will be available for sale in our Shop soon.)

How does the Museum plan to maintain social distancing?
We've placed markings at appropriate intervals on the floors in heavily trafficked areas and in queuing areas. We also have signs throughout the building reminding people of our new rules.

What amenities are available?
Unfortunately, we're unable to offer any amenities such as Coat Check, dining, or water fountains right now. We do have snacks and beverages available from self-cleaning vending machines, but make sure to eat your snacks outside.

Please leave backpacks and large items such as motorcycle helmets, umbrellas, scooters, and skateboards at home. We’re not able to accommodate a bag or backpack over the size of 22” × 14” × 9” (56 cm × 35 cm × 23 cm), and items over that size will not be allowed in the Museum.

What galleries are open? What will I be able to see?
Just like New York City as a whole, we're reopening in phases. Right now, the 1st and 5th floors of the Museum are open. This includes the American Art galleries, Luce Visible Storage ▪ Study Center, and five special exhibitions: 

African Arts—Global Conversations
Climate in Crisis: Environmental Change in the Indigenous Americas
Jeffrey Gibson: When Fire Is Applied to a Stone It Cracks
JR: Chronicles
Studio 54: Night Magic

Please note that to see Studio 54: Night Magic, you need a General Admission PLUS ticket. For more information, visit our Tickets page.
 

Hours and Admission

When is the Museum open?
Our new hours are Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays, 11 am–6 pm, and Fridays and Saturdays, 11 am–8 pm. We're closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.

How much is admission to the Museum?
Please see our Tickets page for more information on admission and ticket type.

Do I have to pay the full price for admission?
General Admission prices are a suggested contribution; pay what you wish. Admission fees give you access to our collection and special exhibition galleries. Currently, only our 1st and 5th floors are open to the public.

General Admission PLUS is a set fee, which includes General Admission, plus access to Studio 54: Night Magic

We strongly recommend booking tickets online ahead of time. A limited number of same-day timed tickets will be available for purchase on-site each day, on a first-come, first-served basis. Visit our ticket FAQ for more information.

Can anyone bypass the Admissions line?
No. Everyone entering the Museum needs to have their ticket checked before entering the building. All tickets have a timed entry that we must adhere to to help control traffic flow and limit building capacity.

If you’re 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. You’ll be asked to complete a wellness check before entering the building.

Members are strongly encouraged to reserve tickets in advance. This will help you plan your visit and guarantee you a specific time slot. A limited number of same-day tickets for Members will be available on-site each day, on a first-come, first-served basis.

When is the Museum Shop open?
Currently, only visitors with Museum admission tickets will be allowed into the Shop. To ensure social distancing, only 10 people are allowed in the Shop at any given time.

Our Shop is open during the Museum’s open hours, which are Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays, 11 am‒6 pm, and Fridays and Saturdays, 11 am‒8 pm. We're closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.

Can I come to the Museum just to visit the Shop? If so, do I have to pay the admission fee?
At this time, only visitors with Museum admission tickets are allowed into the Shop. 

What are the Library hours, and do I need an appointment?
Our Libraries and Archives are currently closed, but you can discover our holdings with 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

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.

Does the Museum validate parking?
We don't validate parking. Museum Members receive a limited number of one-time-use parking passes.


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.

Is there street parking?
There's street parking in the neighborhood along Eastern Parkway, Washington Avenue, and other side streets. There's 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's also a Citi Bike station in front of the Museum.


Amenities

Is there a Coat Check?
No, Coat Check is unavailable at this time. Please leave backpacks and large items such as motorcycle helmets, umbrellas, scooters, and skateboards at home. We consider a large bag to be anything over the size of 22” × 14” × 9” (56 cm × 35 cm × 23 cm). If your bag is within these size limits, we'll ask you to wear it on your front or side as you walk through the Museum (rather than on your back). If it's over that size, we'll ask that you not enter the Museum with it.

Is it okay to bring baby strollers into the Museum?
You're welcome to use strollers throughout the building.

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

Is there a place to eat?
We're be offering a limited selection of snacks and beverages via self-cleaning vending machines, and ask everyone purchasing a snack to enjoy it outside. Our restaurant and Café are closed until further notice. 

Unfortunately, we can't allow outside food in the building, but you're welcome to enjoy a bagged lunch in our sculpture garden, located behind the Museum. You’re welcome to take your mask off to eat, once you’re seated at a picnic table, but we ask that you put your mask back on and wash your hands when you re-enter the building. 

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


Rules and Regulations

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. For more information, please see our Visitors with Disabilities page.

Are wheelchairs available at the Museum?
Yes. Wheelchairs are available for free; just ask a member of our Admissions team. 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?
At this time, we're not able to offer any in-person programs or tours.

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.


Tours and Groups

Is the Museum offering any in-person tours?
Because of COVID-19 restrictions, we’re currently unable to offer any in-person tours or accommodations for self-guided groups. We're in the process of developing virtual tour opportunities. If you’re interested in virtual tours for adults, please email us at grouptours@brooklynmuseum.org.

If you’re looking for virtual classroom resources, or want more information on our education offerings for schools and home learning environments, please see our Learn and Teach page. 

Does the Museum offer audio tours?
No. We don't 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.


Programs and Events

What are First Saturdays?
NOTE: First Saturdays are on pause through fall 2020. 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?
We're hosting several virtual as well as outdoor programs. For the latest programs and events, check 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're 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 closed, but you can discover our holdings with 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?
Currently, we’re not accepting requests to volunteer at the Museum. If you recently emailed us about volunteering, thank you! We appreciate your interest and will keep your request on file in case we have any volunteer openings.

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.