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When you visit the Brooklyn Museum, you can use our app to ask us questions or chat about the artwork you see.

You’ll be connected with a team of art historians and educators who know our collection, can answer your questions, and can give you recommendations on what to see next. 

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Here's what people are asking.

How much does this weigh?
It weighs six tons in all, it is solid wood.
We enjoyed watching the riggers assemble it when it arrived in the building, limb by heavy limb.
What is this?
That detail shows Washington's fob seal. A fob seal was a stamp of a coat of arms or a similar symbol, engraved in a gemstone and set in wood, gold, or ivory, then attached to the person's clothing with a chain or strap. Washington owned several elegant fobs with gold settings. He was shown wearing fobs in many portraits, as well as the painting "Washington Crossing the Delaware" at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Where does this originate from?
That is from a Kwakwaka'wakw community in Knight's Inlet, British Columbia, Canada (somewhere near what is now Vancouver).
The community is home to many amazing carvers who have been making these types of masks for hundreds of years. Did you notice all the cables and pulleys that would help the dancer make it move? He would wear it on his back while he danced.
This mask is particularly interesting because the Kwakwaka'wakw are known for Killer Whale masks and this one is a Baleen whale, notice its long length and the small top fin.
My question is about "Maximum Sensation."  Why did the artist use 50 skateboards?
The meaning behind the amount of skateboards is up to interpretation. Interestingly the skateboards you see in the gallery are actually not the entire work. The artist actually did use a total of 50 but I believe there are fewer than 50 shown in "Diverse Works," to fit the available space. The curators may have chosen them for a variety of colors and patterns.
This was designed by Karl L.H. Mueller and produced by Union Porcelain Works which used to be in Green Point, Brooklyn, for the US Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia in 1876.
On the vase, you will see symbolic images that show progress in American history. Such as the sewing machines, steamships and telegraph poles.
I don't understand the meaning behind this video.
That video is titled "Eat Cake" which is one of the things the artist is doing in her own film. It's almost like a dark fairy tale, showing her in the forest in her gown.
However, she was thinking about more troubling issues, including greed, violence against women (here she is crouching, almost submissive), and the ways that people are disconnected from nature in contemporary life. It's an unsettling work but one that draws in a lot of visitors.
Is the stain glass "Hospitalitas" a replica or the original?
This is an original. It was made for a private home in Brooklyn, but the owners later gave it to the Brooklyn Museum only eight years after it was completed and installed. It was originally in the home of Herbert L. Pratt, still standing at 213 Clinton Avenue, where it was installed in the stairwell landing in the entrance hall.
Can you tell me the story behind this?
Vasily Vereshchagin, the artist, volunteered for the staff of the Russian army. He wanted to go to the front lines in order to (in his own words) "see with my own eyes a regular European war" and to "observe, feel and study people". The two Vereshchagin works you see there serve as a sort of "before and after" of the same scene. In "A Resting Place of Prisoners," you see the Russian soldiers and the Turkish prisoners buckling down in a snowstorm while marching to the Danube and in "The Road of the War Prisoners," you see the aftermath of the bodies left frozen on the Russian road.
Why are there scratch marks around the faces?
This piece was used as a sculptor's model and is not a finished work of art (as you may have read in the label!) it is likely that the scratches occurred during the workshop practice of the artists.
What is up with this statue?
This is Orpheus, by Auguste Rodin. It shows a moment in the story of Orpheus, an amazingly gifted musician and singer. You'll see he's holding his lyre, a stringed instrument.       
When his wife Eurydice died, he went down to the underworld and convinced the gods of the underworld by playing and singing for them to release her and send her back to the living world. But he had to promise not to look back as he and Eurydice went back up to the land of the living. He forgot, and looked back to check on Eurydice thus losing her to the underworld again, permanently.
ASK App ASK Team

Curious about how we developed ASK Brooklyn Museum? The project team is blogging regularly on BKM Tech, and we've open sourced our code on Github.

ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

How much does this weigh?
It weighs six tons in all, it is solid wood.
We enjoyed watching the riggers assemble it when it arrived in the building, limb by heavy limb.
What is this?
That detail shows Washington's fob seal. A fob seal was a stamp of a coat of arms or a similar symbol, engraved in a gemstone and set in wood, gold, or ivory, then attached to the person's clothing with a chain or strap. Washington owned several elegant fobs with gold settings. He was shown wearing fobs in many portraits, as well as the painting "Washington Crossing the Delaware" at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Where does this originate from?
That is from a Kwakwaka'wakw community in Knight's Inlet, British Columbia, Canada (somewhere near what is now Vancouver).
The community is home to many amazing carvers who have been making these types of masks for hundreds of years. Did you notice all the cables and pulleys that would help the dancer make it move? He would wear it on his back while he danced.
This mask is particularly interesting because the Kwakwaka'wakw are known for Killer Whale masks and this one is a Baleen whale, notice its long length and the small top fin.
My question is about "Maximum Sensation."  Why did the artist use 50 skateboards?
The meaning behind the amount of skateboards is up to interpretation. Interestingly the skateboards you see in the gallery are actually not the entire work. The artist actually did use a total of 50 but I believe there are fewer than 50 shown in "Diverse Works," to fit the available space. The curators may have chosen them for a variety of colors and patterns.
This was designed by Karl L.H. Mueller and produced by Union Porcelain Works which used to be in Green Point, Brooklyn, for the US Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia in 1876.
On the vase, you will see symbolic images that show progress in American history. Such as the sewing machines, steamships and telegraph poles.
I don't understand the meaning behind this video.
That video is titled "Eat Cake" which is one of the things the artist is doing in her own film. It's almost like a dark fairy tale, showing her in the forest in her gown.
However, she was thinking about more troubling issues, including greed, violence against women (here she is crouching, almost submissive), and the ways that people are disconnected from nature in contemporary life. It's an unsettling work but one that draws in a lot of visitors.
Is the stain glass "Hospitalitas" a replica or the original?
This is an original. It was made for a private home in Brooklyn, but the owners later gave it to the Brooklyn Museum only eight years after it was completed and installed. It was originally in the home of Herbert L. Pratt, still standing at 213 Clinton Avenue, where it was installed in the stairwell landing in the entrance hall.
Can you tell me the story behind this?
Vasily Vereshchagin, the artist, volunteered for the staff of the Russian army. He wanted to go to the front lines in order to (in his own words) "see with my own eyes a regular European war" and to "observe, feel and study people". The two Vereshchagin works you see there serve as a sort of "before and after" of the same scene. In "A Resting Place of Prisoners," you see the Russian soldiers and the Turkish prisoners buckling down in a snowstorm while marching to the Danube and in "The Road of the War Prisoners," you see the aftermath of the bodies left frozen on the Russian road.
Why are there scratch marks around the faces?
This piece was used as a sculptor's model and is not a finished work of art (as you may have read in the label!) it is likely that the scratches occurred during the workshop practice of the artists.
What is up with this statue?
This is Orpheus, by Auguste Rodin. It shows a moment in the story of Orpheus, an amazingly gifted musician and singer. You'll see he's holding his lyre, a stringed instrument.       
When his wife Eurydice died, he went down to the underworld and convinced the gods of the underworld by playing and singing for them to release her and send her back to the living world. But he had to promise not to look back as he and Eurydice went back up to the land of the living. He forgot, and looked back to check on Eurydice thus losing her to the underworld again, permanently.
ASK App ASK Team

Curious about how we developed ASK Brooklyn Museum? The project team is blogging regularly on BKM Tech, and we've open sourced our code on Github.

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ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

How much does this weigh?
It weighs six tons in all, it is solid wood.
We enjoyed watching the riggers assemble it when it arrived in the building, limb by heavy limb.
What is this?
That detail shows Washington's fob seal. A fob seal was a stamp of a coat of arms or a similar symbol, engraved in a gemstone and set in wood, gold, or ivory, then attached to the person's clothing with a chain or strap. Washington owned several elegant fobs with gold settings. He was shown wearing fobs in many portraits, as well as the painting "Washington Crossing the Delaware" at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Where does this originate from?
That is from a Kwakwaka'wakw community in Knight's Inlet, British Columbia, Canada (somewhere near what is now Vancouver).
The community is home to many amazing carvers who have been making these types of masks for hundreds of years. Did you notice all the cables and pulleys that would help the dancer make it move? He would wear it on his back while he danced.
This mask is particularly interesting because the Kwakwaka'wakw are known for Killer Whale masks and this one is a Baleen whale, notice its long length and the small top fin.
My question is about "Maximum Sensation."  Why did the artist use 50 skateboards?
The meaning behind the amount of skateboards is up to interpretation. Interestingly the skateboards you see in the gallery are actually not the entire work. The artist actually did use a total of 50 but I believe there are fewer than 50 shown in "Diverse Works," to fit the available space. The curators may have chosen them for a variety of colors and patterns.
This was designed by Karl L.H. Mueller and produced by Union Porcelain Works which used to be in Green Point, Brooklyn, for the US Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia in 1876.
On the vase, you will see symbolic images that show progress in American history. Such as the sewing machines, steamships and telegraph poles.
I don't understand the meaning behind this video.
That video is titled "Eat Cake" which is one of the things the artist is doing in her own film. It's almost like a dark fairy tale, showing her in the forest in her gown.
However, she was thinking about more troubling issues, including greed, violence against women (here she is crouching, almost submissive), and the ways that people are disconnected from nature in contemporary life. It's an unsettling work but one that draws in a lot of visitors.
Is the stain glass "Hospitalitas" a replica or the original?
This is an original. It was made for a private home in Brooklyn, but the owners later gave it to the Brooklyn Museum only eight years after it was completed and installed. It was originally in the home of Herbert L. Pratt, still standing at 213 Clinton Avenue, where it was installed in the stairwell landing in the entrance hall.
Can you tell me the story behind this?
Vasily Vereshchagin, the artist, volunteered for the staff of the Russian army. He wanted to go to the front lines in order to (in his own words) "see with my own eyes a regular European war" and to "observe, feel and study people". The two Vereshchagin works you see there serve as a sort of "before and after" of the same scene. In "A Resting Place of Prisoners," you see the Russian soldiers and the Turkish prisoners buckling down in a snowstorm while marching to the Danube and in "The Road of the War Prisoners," you see the aftermath of the bodies left frozen on the Russian road.
Why are there scratch marks around the faces?
This piece was used as a sculptor's model and is not a finished work of art (as you may have read in the label!) it is likely that the scratches occurred during the workshop practice of the artists.
What is up with this statue?
This is Orpheus, by Auguste Rodin. It shows a moment in the story of Orpheus, an amazingly gifted musician and singer. You'll see he's holding his lyre, a stringed instrument.       
When his wife Eurydice died, he went down to the underworld and convinced the gods of the underworld by playing and singing for them to release her and send her back to the living world. But he had to promise not to look back as he and Eurydice went back up to the land of the living. He forgot, and looked back to check on Eurydice thus losing her to the underworld again, permanently.
ASK App ASK Team

Curious about how we developed ASK Brooklyn Museum? The project team is blogging regularly on BKM Tech, and we've open sourced our code on Github.

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ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

How much does this weigh?
It weighs six tons in all, it is solid wood.
We enjoyed watching the riggers assemble it when it arrived in the building, limb by heavy limb.
What is this?
That detail shows Washington's fob seal. A fob seal was a stamp of a coat of arms or a similar symbol, engraved in a gemstone and set in wood, gold, or ivory, then attached to the person's clothing with a chain or strap. Washington owned several elegant fobs with gold settings. He was shown wearing fobs in many portraits, as well as the painting "Washington Crossing the Delaware" at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Where does this originate from?
That is from a Kwakwaka'wakw community in Knight's Inlet, British Columbia, Canada (somewhere near what is now Vancouver).
The community is home to many amazing carvers who have been making these types of masks for hundreds of years. Did you notice all the cables and pulleys that would help the dancer make it move? He would wear it on his back while he danced.
This mask is particularly interesting because the Kwakwaka'wakw are known for Killer Whale masks and this one is a Baleen whale, notice its long length and the small top fin.
My question is about "Maximum Sensation."  Why did the artist use 50 skateboards?
The meaning behind the amount of skateboards is up to interpretation. Interestingly the skateboards you see in the gallery are actually not the entire work. The artist actually did use a total of 50 but I believe there are fewer than 50 shown in "Diverse Works," to fit the available space. The curators may have chosen them for a variety of colors and patterns.
This was designed by Karl L.H. Mueller and produced by Union Porcelain Works which used to be in Green Point, Brooklyn, for the US Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia in 1876.
On the vase, you will see symbolic images that show progress in American history. Such as the sewing machines, steamships and telegraph poles.
I don't understand the meaning behind this video.
That video is titled "Eat Cake" which is one of the things the artist is doing in her own film. It's almost like a dark fairy tale, showing her in the forest in her gown.
However, she was thinking about more troubling issues, including greed, violence against women (here she is crouching, almost submissive), and the ways that people are disconnected from nature in contemporary life. It's an unsettling work but one that draws in a lot of visitors.
Is the stain glass "Hospitalitas" a replica or the original?
This is an original. It was made for a private home in Brooklyn, but the owners later gave it to the Brooklyn Museum only eight years after it was completed and installed. It was originally in the home of Herbert L. Pratt, still standing at 213 Clinton Avenue, where it was installed in the stairwell landing in the entrance hall.
Can you tell me the story behind this?
Vasily Vereshchagin, the artist, volunteered for the staff of the Russian army. He wanted to go to the front lines in order to (in his own words) "see with my own eyes a regular European war" and to "observe, feel and study people". The two Vereshchagin works you see there serve as a sort of "before and after" of the same scene. In "A Resting Place of Prisoners," you see the Russian soldiers and the Turkish prisoners buckling down in a snowstorm while marching to the Danube and in "The Road of the War Prisoners," you see the aftermath of the bodies left frozen on the Russian road.
Why are there scratch marks around the faces?
This piece was used as a sculptor's model and is not a finished work of art (as you may have read in the label!) it is likely that the scratches occurred during the workshop practice of the artists.
What is up with this statue?
This is Orpheus, by Auguste Rodin. It shows a moment in the story of Orpheus, an amazingly gifted musician and singer. You'll see he's holding his lyre, a stringed instrument.       
When his wife Eurydice died, he went down to the underworld and convinced the gods of the underworld by playing and singing for them to release her and send her back to the living world. But he had to promise not to look back as he and Eurydice went back up to the land of the living. He forgot, and looked back to check on Eurydice thus losing her to the underworld again, permanently.
ASK App ASK Team

Curious about how we developed ASK Brooklyn Museum? The project team is blogging regularly on BKM Tech, and we've open sourced our code on Github.

ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

How much does this weigh?
It weighs six tons in all, it is solid wood.
We enjoyed watching the riggers assemble it when it arrived in the building, limb by heavy limb.
What is this?
That detail shows Washington's fob seal. A fob seal was a stamp of a coat of arms or a similar symbol, engraved in a gemstone and set in wood, gold, or ivory, then attached to the person's clothing with a chain or strap. Washington owned several elegant fobs with gold settings. He was shown wearing fobs in many portraits, as well as the painting "Washington Crossing the Delaware" at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Where does this originate from?
That is from a Kwakwaka'wakw community in Knight's Inlet, British Columbia, Canada (somewhere near what is now Vancouver).
The community is home to many amazing carvers who have been making these types of masks for hundreds of years. Did you notice all the cables and pulleys that would help the dancer make it move? He would wear it on his back while he danced.
This mask is particularly interesting because the Kwakwaka'wakw are known for Killer Whale masks and this one is a Baleen whale, notice its long length and the small top fin.
My question is about "Maximum Sensation."  Why did the artist use 50 skateboards?
The meaning behind the amount of skateboards is up to interpretation. Interestingly the skateboards you see in the gallery are actually not the entire work. The artist actually did use a total of 50 but I believe there are fewer than 50 shown in "Diverse Works," to fit the available space. The curators may have chosen them for a variety of colors and patterns.
This was designed by Karl L.H. Mueller and produced by Union Porcelain Works which used to be in Green Point, Brooklyn, for the US Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia in 1876.
On the vase, you will see symbolic images that show progress in American history. Such as the sewing machines, steamships and telegraph poles.
I don't understand the meaning behind this video.
That video is titled "Eat Cake" which is one of the things the artist is doing in her own film. It's almost like a dark fairy tale, showing her in the forest in her gown.
However, she was thinking about more troubling issues, including greed, violence against women (here she is crouching, almost submissive), and the ways that people are disconnected from nature in contemporary life. It's an unsettling work but one that draws in a lot of visitors.
Is the stain glass "Hospitalitas" a replica or the original?
This is an original. It was made for a private home in Brooklyn, but the owners later gave it to the Brooklyn Museum only eight years after it was completed and installed. It was originally in the home of Herbert L. Pratt, still standing at 213 Clinton Avenue, where it was installed in the stairwell landing in the entrance hall.
Can you tell me the story behind this?
Vasily Vereshchagin, the artist, volunteered for the staff of the Russian army. He wanted to go to the front lines in order to (in his own words) "see with my own eyes a regular European war" and to "observe, feel and study people". The two Vereshchagin works you see there serve as a sort of "before and after" of the same scene. In "A Resting Place of Prisoners," you see the Russian soldiers and the Turkish prisoners buckling down in a snowstorm while marching to the Danube and in "The Road of the War Prisoners," you see the aftermath of the bodies left frozen on the Russian road.
Why are there scratch marks around the faces?
This piece was used as a sculptor's model and is not a finished work of art (as you may have read in the label!) it is likely that the scratches occurred during the workshop practice of the artists.
What is up with this statue?
This is Orpheus, by Auguste Rodin. It shows a moment in the story of Orpheus, an amazingly gifted musician and singer. You'll see he's holding his lyre, a stringed instrument.       
When his wife Eurydice died, he went down to the underworld and convinced the gods of the underworld by playing and singing for them to release her and send her back to the living world. But he had to promise not to look back as he and Eurydice went back up to the land of the living. He forgot, and looked back to check on Eurydice thus losing her to the underworld again, permanently.
ASK App ASK Team

Curious about how we developed ASK Brooklyn Museum? The project team is blogging regularly on BKM Tech, and we've open sourced our code on Github.

Exhibitions on the Fifth Floor

Rest rooms are on the first, second, and third floors; those on the first and third floors are wheelchair accessible. The second-floor rest rooms can be reached only via the stairs from the Schapiro Wing on the third floor. Water fountains are near the first- and third-floor rest rooms.

Pick up Assistive Listening Devices at the Admissions Desk on the first floor.

ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

How much does this weigh?
It weighs six tons in all, it is solid wood.
We enjoyed watching the riggers assemble it when it arrived in the building, limb by heavy limb.
What is this?
That detail shows Washington's fob seal. A fob seal was a stamp of a coat of arms or a similar symbol, engraved in a gemstone and set in wood, gold, or ivory, then attached to the person's clothing with a chain or strap. Washington owned several elegant fobs with gold settings. He was shown wearing fobs in many portraits, as well as the painting "Washington Crossing the Delaware" at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Where does this originate from?
That is from a Kwakwaka'wakw community in Knight's Inlet, British Columbia, Canada (somewhere near what is now Vancouver).
The community is home to many amazing carvers who have been making these types of masks for hundreds of years. Did you notice all the cables and pulleys that would help the dancer make it move? He would wear it on his back while he danced.
This mask is particularly interesting because the Kwakwaka'wakw are known for Killer Whale masks and this one is a Baleen whale, notice its long length and the small top fin.
My question is about "Maximum Sensation."  Why did the artist use 50 skateboards?
The meaning behind the amount of skateboards is up to interpretation. Interestingly the skateboards you see in the gallery are actually not the entire work. The artist actually did use a total of 50 but I believe there are fewer than 50 shown in "Diverse Works," to fit the available space. The curators may have chosen them for a variety of colors and patterns.
This was designed by Karl L.H. Mueller and produced by Union Porcelain Works which used to be in Green Point, Brooklyn, for the US Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia in 1876.
On the vase, you will see symbolic images that show progress in American history. Such as the sewing machines, steamships and telegraph poles.
I don't understand the meaning behind this video.
That video is titled "Eat Cake" which is one of the things the artist is doing in her own film. It's almost like a dark fairy tale, showing her in the forest in her gown.
However, she was thinking about more troubling issues, including greed, violence against women (here she is crouching, almost submissive), and the ways that people are disconnected from nature in contemporary life. It's an unsettling work but one that draws in a lot of visitors.
Is the stain glass "Hospitalitas" a replica or the original?
This is an original. It was made for a private home in Brooklyn, but the owners later gave it to the Brooklyn Museum only eight years after it was completed and installed. It was originally in the home of Herbert L. Pratt, still standing at 213 Clinton Avenue, where it was installed in the stairwell landing in the entrance hall.
Can you tell me the story behind this?
Vasily Vereshchagin, the artist, volunteered for the staff of the Russian army. He wanted to go to the front lines in order to (in his own words) "see with my own eyes a regular European war" and to "observe, feel and study people". The two Vereshchagin works you see there serve as a sort of "before and after" of the same scene. In "A Resting Place of Prisoners," you see the Russian soldiers and the Turkish prisoners buckling down in a snowstorm while marching to the Danube and in "The Road of the War Prisoners," you see the aftermath of the bodies left frozen on the Russian road.
Why are there scratch marks around the faces?
This piece was used as a sculptor's model and is not a finished work of art (as you may have read in the label!) it is likely that the scratches occurred during the workshop practice of the artists.
What is up with this statue?
This is Orpheus, by Auguste Rodin. It shows a moment in the story of Orpheus, an amazingly gifted musician and singer. You'll see he's holding his lyre, a stringed instrument.       
When his wife Eurydice died, he went down to the underworld and convinced the gods of the underworld by playing and singing for them to release her and send her back to the living world. But he had to promise not to look back as he and Eurydice went back up to the land of the living. He forgot, and looked back to check on Eurydice thus losing her to the underworld again, permanently.
ASK App ASK Team

Curious about how we developed ASK Brooklyn Museum? The project team is blogging regularly on BKM Tech, and we've open sourced our code on Github.

Exhibitions on the Fourth Floor

Rest rooms are on the first, second, and third floors; those on the first and third floors are wheelchair accessible. The second-floor rest rooms can be reached only via the stairs from the Schapiro Wing on the third floor. Water fountains are near the first- and third-floor rest rooms.

Pick up Assistive Listening Devices at the Admissions Desk on the first floor.

ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

How much does this weigh?
It weighs six tons in all, it is solid wood.
We enjoyed watching the riggers assemble it when it arrived in the building, limb by heavy limb.
What is this?
That detail shows Washington's fob seal. A fob seal was a stamp of a coat of arms or a similar symbol, engraved in a gemstone and set in wood, gold, or ivory, then attached to the person's clothing with a chain or strap. Washington owned several elegant fobs with gold settings. He was shown wearing fobs in many portraits, as well as the painting "Washington Crossing the Delaware" at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Where does this originate from?
That is from a Kwakwaka'wakw community in Knight's Inlet, British Columbia, Canada (somewhere near what is now Vancouver).
The community is home to many amazing carvers who have been making these types of masks for hundreds of years. Did you notice all the cables and pulleys that would help the dancer make it move? He would wear it on his back while he danced.
This mask is particularly interesting because the Kwakwaka'wakw are known for Killer Whale masks and this one is a Baleen whale, notice its long length and the small top fin.
My question is about "Maximum Sensation."  Why did the artist use 50 skateboards?
The meaning behind the amount of skateboards is up to interpretation. Interestingly the skateboards you see in the gallery are actually not the entire work. The artist actually did use a total of 50 but I believe there are fewer than 50 shown in "Diverse Works," to fit the available space. The curators may have chosen them for a variety of colors and patterns.
This was designed by Karl L.H. Mueller and produced by Union Porcelain Works which used to be in Green Point, Brooklyn, for the US Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia in 1876.
On the vase, you will see symbolic images that show progress in American history. Such as the sewing machines, steamships and telegraph poles.
I don't understand the meaning behind this video.
That video is titled "Eat Cake" which is one of the things the artist is doing in her own film. It's almost like a dark fairy tale, showing her in the forest in her gown.
However, she was thinking about more troubling issues, including greed, violence against women (here she is crouching, almost submissive), and the ways that people are disconnected from nature in contemporary life. It's an unsettling work but one that draws in a lot of visitors.
Is the stain glass "Hospitalitas" a replica or the original?
This is an original. It was made for a private home in Brooklyn, but the owners later gave it to the Brooklyn Museum only eight years after it was completed and installed. It was originally in the home of Herbert L. Pratt, still standing at 213 Clinton Avenue, where it was installed in the stairwell landing in the entrance hall.
Can you tell me the story behind this?
Vasily Vereshchagin, the artist, volunteered for the staff of the Russian army. He wanted to go to the front lines in order to (in his own words) "see with my own eyes a regular European war" and to "observe, feel and study people". The two Vereshchagin works you see there serve as a sort of "before and after" of the same scene. In "A Resting Place of Prisoners," you see the Russian soldiers and the Turkish prisoners buckling down in a snowstorm while marching to the Danube and in "The Road of the War Prisoners," you see the aftermath of the bodies left frozen on the Russian road.
Why are there scratch marks around the faces?
This piece was used as a sculptor's model and is not a finished work of art (as you may have read in the label!) it is likely that the scratches occurred during the workshop practice of the artists.
What is up with this statue?
This is Orpheus, by Auguste Rodin. It shows a moment in the story of Orpheus, an amazingly gifted musician and singer. You'll see he's holding his lyre, a stringed instrument.       
When his wife Eurydice died, he went down to the underworld and convinced the gods of the underworld by playing and singing for them to release her and send her back to the living world. But he had to promise not to look back as he and Eurydice went back up to the land of the living. He forgot, and looked back to check on Eurydice thus losing her to the underworld again, permanently.
ASK App ASK Team

Curious about how we developed ASK Brooklyn Museum? The project team is blogging regularly on BKM Tech, and we've open sourced our code on Github.

Exhibitions on the Third Floor

Also on the Third Floor: Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Auditorium

Rest rooms are on the first, second, and third floors; those on the first and third floors are wheelchair accessible. The second-floor rest rooms can be reached only via the stairs from the Schapiro Wing on the third floor. Water fountains are near the first- and third-floor rest rooms.

Pick up Assistive Listening Devices at the Admissions Desk on the first floor.

ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

How much does this weigh?
It weighs six tons in all, it is solid wood.
We enjoyed watching the riggers assemble it when it arrived in the building, limb by heavy limb.
What is this?
That detail shows Washington's fob seal. A fob seal was a stamp of a coat of arms or a similar symbol, engraved in a gemstone and set in wood, gold, or ivory, then attached to the person's clothing with a chain or strap. Washington owned several elegant fobs with gold settings. He was shown wearing fobs in many portraits, as well as the painting "Washington Crossing the Delaware" at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Where does this originate from?
That is from a Kwakwaka'wakw community in Knight's Inlet, British Columbia, Canada (somewhere near what is now Vancouver).
The community is home to many amazing carvers who have been making these types of masks for hundreds of years. Did you notice all the cables and pulleys that would help the dancer make it move? He would wear it on his back while he danced.
This mask is particularly interesting because the Kwakwaka'wakw are known for Killer Whale masks and this one is a Baleen whale, notice its long length and the small top fin.
My question is about "Maximum Sensation."  Why did the artist use 50 skateboards?
The meaning behind the amount of skateboards is up to interpretation. Interestingly the skateboards you see in the gallery are actually not the entire work. The artist actually did use a total of 50 but I believe there are fewer than 50 shown in "Diverse Works," to fit the available space. The curators may have chosen them for a variety of colors and patterns.
This was designed by Karl L.H. Mueller and produced by Union Porcelain Works which used to be in Green Point, Brooklyn, for the US Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia in 1876.
On the vase, you will see symbolic images that show progress in American history. Such as the sewing machines, steamships and telegraph poles.
I don't understand the meaning behind this video.
That video is titled "Eat Cake" which is one of the things the artist is doing in her own film. It's almost like a dark fairy tale, showing her in the forest in her gown.
However, she was thinking about more troubling issues, including greed, violence against women (here she is crouching, almost submissive), and the ways that people are disconnected from nature in contemporary life. It's an unsettling work but one that draws in a lot of visitors.
Is the stain glass "Hospitalitas" a replica or the original?
This is an original. It was made for a private home in Brooklyn, but the owners later gave it to the Brooklyn Museum only eight years after it was completed and installed. It was originally in the home of Herbert L. Pratt, still standing at 213 Clinton Avenue, where it was installed in the stairwell landing in the entrance hall.
Can you tell me the story behind this?
Vasily Vereshchagin, the artist, volunteered for the staff of the Russian army. He wanted to go to the front lines in order to (in his own words) "see with my own eyes a regular European war" and to "observe, feel and study people". The two Vereshchagin works you see there serve as a sort of "before and after" of the same scene. In "A Resting Place of Prisoners," you see the Russian soldiers and the Turkish prisoners buckling down in a snowstorm while marching to the Danube and in "The Road of the War Prisoners," you see the aftermath of the bodies left frozen on the Russian road.
Why are there scratch marks around the faces?
This piece was used as a sculptor's model and is not a finished work of art (as you may have read in the label!) it is likely that the scratches occurred during the workshop practice of the artists.
What is up with this statue?
This is Orpheus, by Auguste Rodin. It shows a moment in the story of Orpheus, an amazingly gifted musician and singer. You'll see he's holding his lyre, a stringed instrument.       
When his wife Eurydice died, he went down to the underworld and convinced the gods of the underworld by playing and singing for them to release her and send her back to the living world. But he had to promise not to look back as he and Eurydice went back up to the land of the living. He forgot, and looked back to check on Eurydice thus losing her to the underworld again, permanently.
ASK App ASK Team

Curious about how we developed ASK Brooklyn Museum? The project team is blogging regularly on BKM Tech, and we've open sourced our code on Github.

Our Second Floor galleries are currently closed for renovations.

Also on the Second Floor

Rest rooms are on the first, second, and third floors; those on the first and third floors are wheelchair accessible. The second-floor rest rooms can be reached only via the stairs from the Schapiro Wing on the third floor. Water fountains are near the first- and third-floor rest rooms.

Pick up Assistive Listening Devices at the Admissions Desk on the first floor.

ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

How much does this weigh?
It weighs six tons in all, it is solid wood.
We enjoyed watching the riggers assemble it when it arrived in the building, limb by heavy limb.
What is this?
That detail shows Washington's fob seal. A fob seal was a stamp of a coat of arms or a similar symbol, engraved in a gemstone and set in wood, gold, or ivory, then attached to the person's clothing with a chain or strap. Washington owned several elegant fobs with gold settings. He was shown wearing fobs in many portraits, as well as the painting "Washington Crossing the Delaware" at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Where does this originate from?
That is from a Kwakwaka'wakw community in Knight's Inlet, British Columbia, Canada (somewhere near what is now Vancouver).
The community is home to many amazing carvers who have been making these types of masks for hundreds of years. Did you notice all the cables and pulleys that would help the dancer make it move? He would wear it on his back while he danced.
This mask is particularly interesting because the Kwakwaka'wakw are known for Killer Whale masks and this one is a Baleen whale, notice its long length and the small top fin.
My question is about "Maximum Sensation."  Why did the artist use 50 skateboards?
The meaning behind the amount of skateboards is up to interpretation. Interestingly the skateboards you see in the gallery are actually not the entire work. The artist actually did use a total of 50 but I believe there are fewer than 50 shown in "Diverse Works," to fit the available space. The curators may have chosen them for a variety of colors and patterns.
This was designed by Karl L.H. Mueller and produced by Union Porcelain Works which used to be in Green Point, Brooklyn, for the US Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia in 1876.
On the vase, you will see symbolic images that show progress in American history. Such as the sewing machines, steamships and telegraph poles.
I don't understand the meaning behind this video.
That video is titled "Eat Cake" which is one of the things the artist is doing in her own film. It's almost like a dark fairy tale, showing her in the forest in her gown.
However, she was thinking about more troubling issues, including greed, violence against women (here she is crouching, almost submissive), and the ways that people are disconnected from nature in contemporary life. It's an unsettling work but one that draws in a lot of visitors.
Is the stain glass "Hospitalitas" a replica or the original?
This is an original. It was made for a private home in Brooklyn, but the owners later gave it to the Brooklyn Museum only eight years after it was completed and installed. It was originally in the home of Herbert L. Pratt, still standing at 213 Clinton Avenue, where it was installed in the stairwell landing in the entrance hall.
Can you tell me the story behind this?
Vasily Vereshchagin, the artist, volunteered for the staff of the Russian army. He wanted to go to the front lines in order to (in his own words) "see with my own eyes a regular European war" and to "observe, feel and study people". The two Vereshchagin works you see there serve as a sort of "before and after" of the same scene. In "A Resting Place of Prisoners," you see the Russian soldiers and the Turkish prisoners buckling down in a snowstorm while marching to the Danube and in "The Road of the War Prisoners," you see the aftermath of the bodies left frozen on the Russian road.
Why are there scratch marks around the faces?
This piece was used as a sculptor's model and is not a finished work of art (as you may have read in the label!) it is likely that the scratches occurred during the workshop practice of the artists.
What is up with this statue?
This is Orpheus, by Auguste Rodin. It shows a moment in the story of Orpheus, an amazingly gifted musician and singer. You'll see he's holding his lyre, a stringed instrument.       
When his wife Eurydice died, he went down to the underworld and convinced the gods of the underworld by playing and singing for them to release her and send her back to the living world. But he had to promise not to look back as he and Eurydice went back up to the land of the living. He forgot, and looked back to check on Eurydice thus losing her to the underworld again, permanently.
ASK App ASK Team

Curious about how we developed ASK Brooklyn Museum? The project team is blogging regularly on BKM Tech, and we've open sourced our code on Github.

Parking
Parking is available in the lot behind the Museum, off Washington Avenue. On Target First Saturdays, there's a flat rate of $6 starting at 5 p.m. Park your bicycle in the rack behind the building, next to our sculpture garden.

Shopping
Our Shop offers an eclectic mix of gifts, jewelry, books, clothing, crafts, and foods from around Brooklyn and around the world. Shop hours

Dining
Have small plates, dinner, or drinks at The Norm restaurant and bar, led by Michelin-starred Chef Saul Bolton. Or stop by the BKM Café or Bowl. Planning a group tour? Consider a catered lunch for your group.

Rest Rooms
Rest rooms are on the first and third floors (floor plan), are wheelchair accessible, and have baby-changing tables. A family rest room is located just off the main lobby.

Coat Check
A free coat check is available on the first floor, where you can leave any packages, large bags, umbrellas, or strollers.

Wheelchairs
Complimentary wheelchairs are available at the coat check on the first floor. Our entrances and rest rooms are wheelchair accessible. For more information, visit our Accessibility page.

Strollers
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, leave your stroller at the coat check.

Wireless Access
We offer free wireless access throughout our galleries and grounds. During your visit, we encourage you to switch to wifi (BrooklynMuseum) for faster download speeds. The wireless project was created by the Brooklyn Museum Technology Department, with help from NYCWireless.

Go Mobile
Need information on the go? Planning your next visit? Access www.brooklynmuseum.org from your mobile phone to view our mobile-friendly website.

ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

How much does this weigh?
It weighs six tons in all, it is solid wood.
We enjoyed watching the riggers assemble it when it arrived in the building, limb by heavy limb.
What is this?
That detail shows Washington's fob seal. A fob seal was a stamp of a coat of arms or a similar symbol, engraved in a gemstone and set in wood, gold, or ivory, then attached to the person's clothing with a chain or strap. Washington owned several elegant fobs with gold settings. He was shown wearing fobs in many portraits, as well as the painting "Washington Crossing the Delaware" at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Where does this originate from?
That is from a Kwakwaka'wakw community in Knight's Inlet, British Columbia, Canada (somewhere near what is now Vancouver).
The community is home to many amazing carvers who have been making these types of masks for hundreds of years. Did you notice all the cables and pulleys that would help the dancer make it move? He would wear it on his back while he danced.
This mask is particularly interesting because the Kwakwaka'wakw are known for Killer Whale masks and this one is a Baleen whale, notice its long length and the small top fin.
My question is about "Maximum Sensation."  Why did the artist use 50 skateboards?
The meaning behind the amount of skateboards is up to interpretation. Interestingly the skateboards you see in the gallery are actually not the entire work. The artist actually did use a total of 50 but I believe there are fewer than 50 shown in "Diverse Works," to fit the available space. The curators may have chosen them for a variety of colors and patterns.
This was designed by Karl L.H. Mueller and produced by Union Porcelain Works which used to be in Green Point, Brooklyn, for the US Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia in 1876.
On the vase, you will see symbolic images that show progress in American history. Such as the sewing machines, steamships and telegraph poles.
I don't understand the meaning behind this video.
That video is titled "Eat Cake" which is one of the things the artist is doing in her own film. It's almost like a dark fairy tale, showing her in the forest in her gown.
However, she was thinking about more troubling issues, including greed, violence against women (here she is crouching, almost submissive), and the ways that people are disconnected from nature in contemporary life. It's an unsettling work but one that draws in a lot of visitors.
Is the stain glass "Hospitalitas" a replica or the original?
This is an original. It was made for a private home in Brooklyn, but the owners later gave it to the Brooklyn Museum only eight years after it was completed and installed. It was originally in the home of Herbert L. Pratt, still standing at 213 Clinton Avenue, where it was installed in the stairwell landing in the entrance hall.
Can you tell me the story behind this?
Vasily Vereshchagin, the artist, volunteered for the staff of the Russian army. He wanted to go to the front lines in order to (in his own words) "see with my own eyes a regular European war" and to "observe, feel and study people". The two Vereshchagin works you see there serve as a sort of "before and after" of the same scene. In "A Resting Place of Prisoners," you see the Russian soldiers and the Turkish prisoners buckling down in a snowstorm while marching to the Danube and in "The Road of the War Prisoners," you see the aftermath of the bodies left frozen on the Russian road.
Why are there scratch marks around the faces?
This piece was used as a sculptor's model and is not a finished work of art (as you may have read in the label!) it is likely that the scratches occurred during the workshop practice of the artists.
What is up with this statue?
This is Orpheus, by Auguste Rodin. It shows a moment in the story of Orpheus, an amazingly gifted musician and singer. You'll see he's holding his lyre, a stringed instrument.       
When his wife Eurydice died, he went down to the underworld and convinced the gods of the underworld by playing and singing for them to release her and send her back to the living world. But he had to promise not to look back as he and Eurydice went back up to the land of the living. He forgot, and looked back to check on Eurydice thus losing her to the underworld again, permanently.
ASK App ASK Team

Curious about how we developed ASK Brooklyn Museum? The project team is blogging regularly on BKM Tech, and we've open sourced our code on Github.

We're committed to making our galleries and facilities accessible to everyone.

  • We are fully wheelchair accessible. Check our online and printed floor plan for details.
  • If you need a wheelchair during your visit, they're available for free at the coat check in the lobby.
  • Companions of people with disabilities are admitted for free.
  • The parking lot behind the Museum is fully accessible. There's a free, 15-minute grace period for pickups and dropoffs.
  • If you need an assistive-listening device, they're available for free at our Admissions Desk, on the first floor.

We also offer a wide range of services for our visitors of all ages with special needs.

  • For those who have low or no vision, guided visits that include verbal descriptions can be scheduled for both adult and school groups, with advance notice. We also offer Sensory Tours, monthly public tours designed to accommodate and engage both sighted and non-sighted visitors. Verbal descriptions of collection highlights are available via Art Beyond Sight.
  • For those who are deaf or hard-of-hearing, American Sign Language interpretation for both adult and school group tours can be arranged, with advance notice.
  • For those with intellectual disabilities or other special needs, we offer specially tailored guided gallery visits to adult and school groups.

We hope that you'll get in touch with us via email or at 718.501.6229 if you have questions about any of the above services, or if you'd like to make advance arrangements.

ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

How much does this weigh?
It weighs six tons in all, it is solid wood.
We enjoyed watching the riggers assemble it when it arrived in the building, limb by heavy limb.
What is this?
That detail shows Washington's fob seal. A fob seal was a stamp of a coat of arms or a similar symbol, engraved in a gemstone and set in wood, gold, or ivory, then attached to the person's clothing with a chain or strap. Washington owned several elegant fobs with gold settings. He was shown wearing fobs in many portraits, as well as the painting "Washington Crossing the Delaware" at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Where does this originate from?
That is from a Kwakwaka'wakw community in Knight's Inlet, British Columbia, Canada (somewhere near what is now Vancouver).
The community is home to many amazing carvers who have been making these types of masks for hundreds of years. Did you notice all the cables and pulleys that would help the dancer make it move? He would wear it on his back while he danced.
This mask is particularly interesting because the Kwakwaka'wakw are known for Killer Whale masks and this one is a Baleen whale, notice its long length and the small top fin.
My question is about "Maximum Sensation."  Why did the artist use 50 skateboards?
The meaning behind the amount of skateboards is up to interpretation. Interestingly the skateboards you see in the gallery are actually not the entire work. The artist actually did use a total of 50 but I believe there are fewer than 50 shown in "Diverse Works," to fit the available space. The curators may have chosen them for a variety of colors and patterns.
This was designed by Karl L.H. Mueller and produced by Union Porcelain Works which used to be in Green Point, Brooklyn, for the US Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia in 1876.
On the vase, you will see symbolic images that show progress in American history. Such as the sewing machines, steamships and telegraph poles.
I don't understand the meaning behind this video.
That video is titled "Eat Cake" which is one of the things the artist is doing in her own film. It's almost like a dark fairy tale, showing her in the forest in her gown.
However, she was thinking about more troubling issues, including greed, violence against women (here she is crouching, almost submissive), and the ways that people are disconnected from nature in contemporary life. It's an unsettling work but one that draws in a lot of visitors.
Is the stain glass "Hospitalitas" a replica or the original?
This is an original. It was made for a private home in Brooklyn, but the owners later gave it to the Brooklyn Museum only eight years after it was completed and installed. It was originally in the home of Herbert L. Pratt, still standing at 213 Clinton Avenue, where it was installed in the stairwell landing in the entrance hall.
Can you tell me the story behind this?
Vasily Vereshchagin, the artist, volunteered for the staff of the Russian army. He wanted to go to the front lines in order to (in his own words) "see with my own eyes a regular European war" and to "observe, feel and study people". The two Vereshchagin works you see there serve as a sort of "before and after" of the same scene. In "A Resting Place of Prisoners," you see the Russian soldiers and the Turkish prisoners buckling down in a snowstorm while marching to the Danube and in "The Road of the War Prisoners," you see the aftermath of the bodies left frozen on the Russian road.
Why are there scratch marks around the faces?
This piece was used as a sculptor's model and is not a finished work of art (as you may have read in the label!) it is likely that the scratches occurred during the workshop practice of the artists.
What is up with this statue?
This is Orpheus, by Auguste Rodin. It shows a moment in the story of Orpheus, an amazingly gifted musician and singer. You'll see he's holding his lyre, a stringed instrument.       
When his wife Eurydice died, he went down to the underworld and convinced the gods of the underworld by playing and singing for them to release her and send her back to the living world. But he had to promise not to look back as he and Eurydice went back up to the land of the living. He forgot, and looked back to check on Eurydice thus losing her to the underworld again, permanently.
ASK App ASK Team

Curious about how we developed ASK Brooklyn Museum? The project team is blogging regularly on BKM Tech, and we've open sourced our code on Github.

No matter what your interest, there's a tour for you:

  • Join our Museum Guides for daily public tours (free with admission) focusing on a variety of themes, eras, and movements in art.
  • Book a group tour for ten or more adults.
  • Explore tours and programs for school groups, all designed to help students and teachers construct meaningful experiences with works of art.
ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

How much does this weigh?
It weighs six tons in all, it is solid wood.
We enjoyed watching the riggers assemble it when it arrived in the building, limb by heavy limb.
What is this?
That detail shows Washington's fob seal. A fob seal was a stamp of a coat of arms or a similar symbol, engraved in a gemstone and set in wood, gold, or ivory, then attached to the person's clothing with a chain or strap. Washington owned several elegant fobs with gold settings. He was shown wearing fobs in many portraits, as well as the painting "Washington Crossing the Delaware" at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Where does this originate from?
That is from a Kwakwaka'wakw community in Knight's Inlet, British Columbia, Canada (somewhere near what is now Vancouver).
The community is home to many amazing carvers who have been making these types of masks for hundreds of years. Did you notice all the cables and pulleys that would help the dancer make it move? He would wear it on his back while he danced.
This mask is particularly interesting because the Kwakwaka'wakw are known for Killer Whale masks and this one is a Baleen whale, notice its long length and the small top fin.
My question is about "Maximum Sensation."  Why did the artist use 50 skateboards?
The meaning behind the amount of skateboards is up to interpretation. Interestingly the skateboards you see in the gallery are actually not the entire work. The artist actually did use a total of 50 but I believe there are fewer than 50 shown in "Diverse Works," to fit the available space. The curators may have chosen them for a variety of colors and patterns.
This was designed by Karl L.H. Mueller and produced by Union Porcelain Works which used to be in Green Point, Brooklyn, for the US Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia in 1876.
On the vase, you will see symbolic images that show progress in American history. Such as the sewing machines, steamships and telegraph poles.
I don't understand the meaning behind this video.
That video is titled "Eat Cake" which is one of the things the artist is doing in her own film. It's almost like a dark fairy tale, showing her in the forest in her gown.
However, she was thinking about more troubling issues, including greed, violence against women (here she is crouching, almost submissive), and the ways that people are disconnected from nature in contemporary life. It's an unsettling work but one that draws in a lot of visitors.
Is the stain glass "Hospitalitas" a replica or the original?
This is an original. It was made for a private home in Brooklyn, but the owners later gave it to the Brooklyn Museum only eight years after it was completed and installed. It was originally in the home of Herbert L. Pratt, still standing at 213 Clinton Avenue, where it was installed in the stairwell landing in the entrance hall.
Can you tell me the story behind this?
Vasily Vereshchagin, the artist, volunteered for the staff of the Russian army. He wanted to go to the front lines in order to (in his own words) "see with my own eyes a regular European war" and to "observe, feel and study people". The two Vereshchagin works you see there serve as a sort of "before and after" of the same scene. In "A Resting Place of Prisoners," you see the Russian soldiers and the Turkish prisoners buckling down in a snowstorm while marching to the Danube and in "The Road of the War Prisoners," you see the aftermath of the bodies left frozen on the Russian road.
Why are there scratch marks around the faces?
This piece was used as a sculptor's model and is not a finished work of art (as you may have read in the label!) it is likely that the scratches occurred during the workshop practice of the artists.
What is up with this statue?
This is Orpheus, by Auguste Rodin. It shows a moment in the story of Orpheus, an amazingly gifted musician and singer. You'll see he's holding his lyre, a stringed instrument.       
When his wife Eurydice died, he went down to the underworld and convinced the gods of the underworld by playing and singing for them to release her and send her back to the living world. But he had to promise not to look back as he and Eurydice went back up to the land of the living. He forgot, and looked back to check on Eurydice thus losing her to the underworld again, permanently.
ASK App ASK Team

Curious about how we developed ASK Brooklyn Museum? The project team is blogging regularly on BKM Tech, and we've open sourced our code on Github.

Exhibitions on the First Floor

Also on the First Floor

  • Admissions Desk
  • Museum Shop
  • Dining (The Norm restaurant and bar; BKM Café and Bowl)

Rest rooms are on the first, second, and third floors; those on the first and third floors are wheelchair accessible. The second-floor rest rooms can be reached only via the stairs from the Schapiro Wing on the third floor. Water fountains are near the first- and third-floor rest rooms.

Pick up Assistive Listening Devices at the Admissions Desk.

ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

How much does this weigh?
It weighs six tons in all, it is solid wood.
We enjoyed watching the riggers assemble it when it arrived in the building, limb by heavy limb.
What is this?
That detail shows Washington's fob seal. A fob seal was a stamp of a coat of arms or a similar symbol, engraved in a gemstone and set in wood, gold, or ivory, then attached to the person's clothing with a chain or strap. Washington owned several elegant fobs with gold settings. He was shown wearing fobs in many portraits, as well as the painting "Washington Crossing the Delaware" at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Where does this originate from?
That is from a Kwakwaka'wakw community in Knight's Inlet, British Columbia, Canada (somewhere near what is now Vancouver).
The community is home to many amazing carvers who have been making these types of masks for hundreds of years. Did you notice all the cables and pulleys that would help the dancer make it move? He would wear it on his back while he danced.
This mask is particularly interesting because the Kwakwaka'wakw are known for Killer Whale masks and this one is a Baleen whale, notice its long length and the small top fin.
My question is about "Maximum Sensation."  Why did the artist use 50 skateboards?
The meaning behind the amount of skateboards is up to interpretation. Interestingly the skateboards you see in the gallery are actually not the entire work. The artist actually did use a total of 50 but I believe there are fewer than 50 shown in "Diverse Works," to fit the available space. The curators may have chosen them for a variety of colors and patterns.
This was designed by Karl L.H. Mueller and produced by Union Porcelain Works which used to be in Green Point, Brooklyn, for the US Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia in 1876.
On the vase, you will see symbolic images that show progress in American history. Such as the sewing machines, steamships and telegraph poles.
I don't understand the meaning behind this video.
That video is titled "Eat Cake" which is one of the things the artist is doing in her own film. It's almost like a dark fairy tale, showing her in the forest in her gown.
However, she was thinking about more troubling issues, including greed, violence against women (here she is crouching, almost submissive), and the ways that people are disconnected from nature in contemporary life. It's an unsettling work but one that draws in a lot of visitors.
Is the stain glass "Hospitalitas" a replica or the original?
This is an original. It was made for a private home in Brooklyn, but the owners later gave it to the Brooklyn Museum only eight years after it was completed and installed. It was originally in the home of Herbert L. Pratt, still standing at 213 Clinton Avenue, where it was installed in the stairwell landing in the entrance hall.
Can you tell me the story behind this?
Vasily Vereshchagin, the artist, volunteered for the staff of the Russian army. He wanted to go to the front lines in order to (in his own words) "see with my own eyes a regular European war" and to "observe, feel and study people". The two Vereshchagin works you see there serve as a sort of "before and after" of the same scene. In "A Resting Place of Prisoners," you see the Russian soldiers and the Turkish prisoners buckling down in a snowstorm while marching to the Danube and in "The Road of the War Prisoners," you see the aftermath of the bodies left frozen on the Russian road.
Why are there scratch marks around the faces?
This piece was used as a sculptor's model and is not a finished work of art (as you may have read in the label!) it is likely that the scratches occurred during the workshop practice of the artists.
What is up with this statue?
This is Orpheus, by Auguste Rodin. It shows a moment in the story of Orpheus, an amazingly gifted musician and singer. You'll see he's holding his lyre, a stringed instrument.       
When his wife Eurydice died, he went down to the underworld and convinced the gods of the underworld by playing and singing for them to release her and send her back to the living world. But he had to promise not to look back as he and Eurydice went back up to the land of the living. He forgot, and looked back to check on Eurydice thus losing her to the underworld again, permanently.
ASK App ASK Team

Curious about how we developed ASK Brooklyn Museum? The project team is blogging regularly on BKM Tech, and we've open sourced our code on Github.

ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

How much does this weigh?
It weighs six tons in all, it is solid wood.
We enjoyed watching the riggers assemble it when it arrived in the building, limb by heavy limb.
What is this?
That detail shows Washington's fob seal. A fob seal was a stamp of a coat of arms or a similar symbol, engraved in a gemstone and set in wood, gold, or ivory, then attached to the person's clothing with a chain or strap. Washington owned several elegant fobs with gold settings. He was shown wearing fobs in many portraits, as well as the painting "Washington Crossing the Delaware" at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Where does this originate from?
That is from a Kwakwaka'wakw community in Knight's Inlet, British Columbia, Canada (somewhere near what is now Vancouver).
The community is home to many amazing carvers who have been making these types of masks for hundreds of years. Did you notice all the cables and pulleys that would help the dancer make it move? He would wear it on his back while he danced.
This mask is particularly interesting because the Kwakwaka'wakw are known for Killer Whale masks and this one is a Baleen whale, notice its long length and the small top fin.
My question is about "Maximum Sensation."  Why did the artist use 50 skateboards?
The meaning behind the amount of skateboards is up to interpretation. Interestingly the skateboards you see in the gallery are actually not the entire work. The artist actually did use a total of 50 but I believe there are fewer than 50 shown in "Diverse Works," to fit the available space. The curators may have chosen them for a variety of colors and patterns.
This was designed by Karl L.H. Mueller and produced by Union Porcelain Works which used to be in Green Point, Brooklyn, for the US Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia in 1876.
On the vase, you will see symbolic images that show progress in American history. Such as the sewing machines, steamships and telegraph poles.
I don't understand the meaning behind this video.
That video is titled "Eat Cake" which is one of the things the artist is doing in her own film. It's almost like a dark fairy tale, showing her in the forest in her gown.
However, she was thinking about more troubling issues, including greed, violence against women (here she is crouching, almost submissive), and the ways that people are disconnected from nature in contemporary life. It's an unsettling work but one that draws in a lot of visitors.
Is the stain glass "Hospitalitas" a replica or the original?
This is an original. It was made for a private home in Brooklyn, but the owners later gave it to the Brooklyn Museum only eight years after it was completed and installed. It was originally in the home of Herbert L. Pratt, still standing at 213 Clinton Avenue, where it was installed in the stairwell landing in the entrance hall.
Can you tell me the story behind this?
Vasily Vereshchagin, the artist, volunteered for the staff of the Russian army. He wanted to go to the front lines in order to (in his own words) "see with my own eyes a regular European war" and to "observe, feel and study people". The two Vereshchagin works you see there serve as a sort of "before and after" of the same scene. In "A Resting Place of Prisoners," you see the Russian soldiers and the Turkish prisoners buckling down in a snowstorm while marching to the Danube and in "The Road of the War Prisoners," you see the aftermath of the bodies left frozen on the Russian road.
Why are there scratch marks around the faces?
This piece was used as a sculptor's model and is not a finished work of art (as you may have read in the label!) it is likely that the scratches occurred during the workshop practice of the artists.
What is up with this statue?
This is Orpheus, by Auguste Rodin. It shows a moment in the story of Orpheus, an amazingly gifted musician and singer. You'll see he's holding his lyre, a stringed instrument.       
When his wife Eurydice died, he went down to the underworld and convinced the gods of the underworld by playing and singing for them to release her and send her back to the living world. But he had to promise not to look back as he and Eurydice went back up to the land of the living. He forgot, and looked back to check on Eurydice thus losing her to the underworld again, permanently.
ASK App ASK Team

Curious about how we developed ASK Brooklyn Museum? The project team is blogging regularly on BKM Tech, and we've open sourced our code on Github.

By Subway

2/3 to Eastern Parkway/Brooklyn Museum. Transfer to 2/3 from 4/5 (at Nevins Street) and B, D, Q, N, R, and LIRR (at Atlantic Terminal-Barclays Center). See a subway map. Make sure to check with the MTA for any service changes, especially on the weekend.


By Bus

The closest bus stops are:

B41 and B69 at Grand Army Plaza

B45 at St. Johns Place and Washington Avenue

Check with the MTA for the most up-to-date bus information.


By Car

From Manhattan:

Brooklyn Bridge; left at Tillary Street; right on 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). Or: Manhattan Bridge enters directly onto Flatbush Avenue.

From Westchester, the Bronx, Queens, or Connecticut:

Robert F. Kennedy Bridge (Triborough) to Brooklyn Queens Express (BQE); Manhattan Bridge exit to Tillary Street; left onto Flatbush Avenue and proceed according to the directions from Manhattan.

From Staten Island and southern or central New Jersey:

Verrazano-Narrows Bridge to Gowanus Expressway (Route 278 towards 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 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 intersection at left.


Parking

On-site parking is available in the lot behind the Museum, off Washington Avenue. On Target First Saturdays there's a flat rate of $5 beginning at 5 p.m.


Bikes

Park your bicycle at the racks behind the Museum, next to the Sculpture Garden. Bikes are parked at your own risk; we don't accept responsibility for vandalism or theft.

ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

How much does this weigh?
It weighs six tons in all, it is solid wood.
We enjoyed watching the riggers assemble it when it arrived in the building, limb by heavy limb.
What is this?
That detail shows Washington's fob seal. A fob seal was a stamp of a coat of arms or a similar symbol, engraved in a gemstone and set in wood, gold, or ivory, then attached to the person's clothing with a chain or strap. Washington owned several elegant fobs with gold settings. He was shown wearing fobs in many portraits, as well as the painting "Washington Crossing the Delaware" at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Where does this originate from?
That is from a Kwakwaka'wakw community in Knight's Inlet, British Columbia, Canada (somewhere near what is now Vancouver).
The community is home to many amazing carvers who have been making these types of masks for hundreds of years. Did you notice all the cables and pulleys that would help the dancer make it move? He would wear it on his back while he danced.
This mask is particularly interesting because the Kwakwaka'wakw are known for Killer Whale masks and this one is a Baleen whale, notice its long length and the small top fin.
My question is about "Maximum Sensation."  Why did the artist use 50 skateboards?
The meaning behind the amount of skateboards is up to interpretation. Interestingly the skateboards you see in the gallery are actually not the entire work. The artist actually did use a total of 50 but I believe there are fewer than 50 shown in "Diverse Works," to fit the available space. The curators may have chosen them for a variety of colors and patterns.
This was designed by Karl L.H. Mueller and produced by Union Porcelain Works which used to be in Green Point, Brooklyn, for the US Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia in 1876.
On the vase, you will see symbolic images that show progress in American history. Such as the sewing machines, steamships and telegraph poles.
I don't understand the meaning behind this video.
That video is titled "Eat Cake" which is one of the things the artist is doing in her own film. It's almost like a dark fairy tale, showing her in the forest in her gown.
However, she was thinking about more troubling issues, including greed, violence against women (here she is crouching, almost submissive), and the ways that people are disconnected from nature in contemporary life. It's an unsettling work but one that draws in a lot of visitors.
Is the stain glass "Hospitalitas" a replica or the original?
This is an original. It was made for a private home in Brooklyn, but the owners later gave it to the Brooklyn Museum only eight years after it was completed and installed. It was originally in the home of Herbert L. Pratt, still standing at 213 Clinton Avenue, where it was installed in the stairwell landing in the entrance hall.
Can you tell me the story behind this?
Vasily Vereshchagin, the artist, volunteered for the staff of the Russian army. He wanted to go to the front lines in order to (in his own words) "see with my own eyes a regular European war" and to "observe, feel and study people". The two Vereshchagin works you see there serve as a sort of "before and after" of the same scene. In "A Resting Place of Prisoners," you see the Russian soldiers and the Turkish prisoners buckling down in a snowstorm while marching to the Danube and in "The Road of the War Prisoners," you see the aftermath of the bodies left frozen on the Russian road.
Why are there scratch marks around the faces?
This piece was used as a sculptor's model and is not a finished work of art (as you may have read in the label!) it is likely that the scratches occurred during the workshop practice of the artists.
What is up with this statue?
This is Orpheus, by Auguste Rodin. It shows a moment in the story of Orpheus, an amazingly gifted musician and singer. You'll see he's holding his lyre, a stringed instrument.       
When his wife Eurydice died, he went down to the underworld and convinced the gods of the underworld by playing and singing for them to release her and send her back to the living world. But he had to promise not to look back as he and Eurydice went back up to the land of the living. He forgot, and looked back to check on Eurydice thus losing her to the underworld again, permanently.
ASK App ASK Team

Curious about how we developed ASK Brooklyn Museum? The project team is blogging regularly on BKM Tech, and we've open sourced our code on Github.

ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

How much does this weigh?
It weighs six tons in all, it is solid wood.
We enjoyed watching the riggers assemble it when it arrived in the building, limb by heavy limb.
What is this?
That detail shows Washington's fob seal. A fob seal was a stamp of a coat of arms or a similar symbol, engraved in a gemstone and set in wood, gold, or ivory, then attached to the person's clothing with a chain or strap. Washington owned several elegant fobs with gold settings. He was shown wearing fobs in many portraits, as well as the painting "Washington Crossing the Delaware" at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Where does this originate from?
That is from a Kwakwaka'wakw community in Knight's Inlet, British Columbia, Canada (somewhere near what is now Vancouver).
The community is home to many amazing carvers who have been making these types of masks for hundreds of years. Did you notice all the cables and pulleys that would help the dancer make it move? He would wear it on his back while he danced.
This mask is particularly interesting because the Kwakwaka'wakw are known for Killer Whale masks and this one is a Baleen whale, notice its long length and the small top fin.
My question is about "Maximum Sensation."  Why did the artist use 50 skateboards?
The meaning behind the amount of skateboards is up to interpretation. Interestingly the skateboards you see in the gallery are actually not the entire work. The artist actually did use a total of 50 but I believe there are fewer than 50 shown in "Diverse Works," to fit the available space. The curators may have chosen them for a variety of colors and patterns.
This was designed by Karl L.H. Mueller and produced by Union Porcelain Works which used to be in Green Point, Brooklyn, for the US Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia in 1876.
On the vase, you will see symbolic images that show progress in American history. Such as the sewing machines, steamships and telegraph poles.
I don't understand the meaning behind this video.
That video is titled "Eat Cake" which is one of the things the artist is doing in her own film. It's almost like a dark fairy tale, showing her in the forest in her gown.
However, she was thinking about more troubling issues, including greed, violence against women (here she is crouching, almost submissive), and the ways that people are disconnected from nature in contemporary life. It's an unsettling work but one that draws in a lot of visitors.
Is the stain glass "Hospitalitas" a replica or the original?
This is an original. It was made for a private home in Brooklyn, but the owners later gave it to the Brooklyn Museum only eight years after it was completed and installed. It was originally in the home of Herbert L. Pratt, still standing at 213 Clinton Avenue, where it was installed in the stairwell landing in the entrance hall.
Can you tell me the story behind this?
Vasily Vereshchagin, the artist, volunteered for the staff of the Russian army. He wanted to go to the front lines in order to (in his own words) "see with my own eyes a regular European war" and to "observe, feel and study people". The two Vereshchagin works you see there serve as a sort of "before and after" of the same scene. In "A Resting Place of Prisoners," you see the Russian soldiers and the Turkish prisoners buckling down in a snowstorm while marching to the Danube and in "The Road of the War Prisoners," you see the aftermath of the bodies left frozen on the Russian road.
Why are there scratch marks around the faces?
This piece was used as a sculptor's model and is not a finished work of art (as you may have read in the label!) it is likely that the scratches occurred during the workshop practice of the artists.
What is up with this statue?
This is Orpheus, by Auguste Rodin. It shows a moment in the story of Orpheus, an amazingly gifted musician and singer. You'll see he's holding his lyre, a stringed instrument.       
When his wife Eurydice died, he went down to the underworld and convinced the gods of the underworld by playing and singing for them to release her and send her back to the living world. But he had to promise not to look back as he and Eurydice went back up to the land of the living. He forgot, and looked back to check on Eurydice thus losing her to the underworld again, permanently.
ASK App ASK Team

Curious about how we developed ASK Brooklyn Museum? The project team is blogging regularly on BKM Tech, and we've open sourced our code on Github.

ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

How much does this weigh?
It weighs six tons in all, it is solid wood.
We enjoyed watching the riggers assemble it when it arrived in the building, limb by heavy limb.
What is this?
That detail shows Washington's fob seal. A fob seal was a stamp of a coat of arms or a similar symbol, engraved in a gemstone and set in wood, gold, or ivory, then attached to the person's clothing with a chain or strap. Washington owned several elegant fobs with gold settings. He was shown wearing fobs in many portraits, as well as the painting "Washington Crossing the Delaware" at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Where does this originate from?
That is from a Kwakwaka'wakw community in Knight's Inlet, British Columbia, Canada (somewhere near what is now Vancouver).
The community is home to many amazing carvers who have been making these types of masks for hundreds of years. Did you notice all the cables and pulleys that would help the dancer make it move? He would wear it on his back while he danced.
This mask is particularly interesting because the Kwakwaka'wakw are known for Killer Whale masks and this one is a Baleen whale, notice its long length and the small top fin.
My question is about "Maximum Sensation."  Why did the artist use 50 skateboards?
The meaning behind the amount of skateboards is up to interpretation. Interestingly the skateboards you see in the gallery are actually not the entire work. The artist actually did use a total of 50 but I believe there are fewer than 50 shown in "Diverse Works," to fit the available space. The curators may have chosen them for a variety of colors and patterns.
This was designed by Karl L.H. Mueller and produced by Union Porcelain Works which used to be in Green Point, Brooklyn, for the US Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia in 1876.
On the vase, you will see symbolic images that show progress in American history. Such as the sewing machines, steamships and telegraph poles.
I don't understand the meaning behind this video.
That video is titled "Eat Cake" which is one of the things the artist is doing in her own film. It's almost like a dark fairy tale, showing her in the forest in her gown.
However, she was thinking about more troubling issues, including greed, violence against women (here she is crouching, almost submissive), and the ways that people are disconnected from nature in contemporary life. It's an unsettling work but one that draws in a lot of visitors.
Is the stain glass "Hospitalitas" a replica or the original?
This is an original. It was made for a private home in Brooklyn, but the owners later gave it to the Brooklyn Museum only eight years after it was completed and installed. It was originally in the home of Herbert L. Pratt, still standing at 213 Clinton Avenue, where it was installed in the stairwell landing in the entrance hall.
Can you tell me the story behind this?
Vasily Vereshchagin, the artist, volunteered for the staff of the Russian army. He wanted to go to the front lines in order to (in his own words) "see with my own eyes a regular European war" and to "observe, feel and study people". The two Vereshchagin works you see there serve as a sort of "before and after" of the same scene. In "A Resting Place of Prisoners," you see the Russian soldiers and the Turkish prisoners buckling down in a snowstorm while marching to the Danube and in "The Road of the War Prisoners," you see the aftermath of the bodies left frozen on the Russian road.
Why are there scratch marks around the faces?
This piece was used as a sculptor's model and is not a finished work of art (as you may have read in the label!) it is likely that the scratches occurred during the workshop practice of the artists.
What is up with this statue?
This is Orpheus, by Auguste Rodin. It shows a moment in the story of Orpheus, an amazingly gifted musician and singer. You'll see he's holding his lyre, a stringed instrument.       
When his wife Eurydice died, he went down to the underworld and convinced the gods of the underworld by playing and singing for them to release her and send her back to the living world. But he had to promise not to look back as he and Eurydice went back up to the land of the living. He forgot, and looked back to check on Eurydice thus losing her to the underworld again, permanently.
ASK App ASK Team

Curious about how we developed ASK Brooklyn Museum? The project team is blogging regularly on BKM Tech, and we've open sourced our code on Github.

ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

How much does this weigh?
It weighs six tons in all, it is solid wood.
We enjoyed watching the riggers assemble it when it arrived in the building, limb by heavy limb.
What is this?
That detail shows Washington's fob seal. A fob seal was a stamp of a coat of arms or a similar symbol, engraved in a gemstone and set in wood, gold, or ivory, then attached to the person's clothing with a chain or strap. Washington owned several elegant fobs with gold settings. He was shown wearing fobs in many portraits, as well as the painting "Washington Crossing the Delaware" at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Where does this originate from?
That is from a Kwakwaka'wakw community in Knight's Inlet, British Columbia, Canada (somewhere near what is now Vancouver).
The community is home to many amazing carvers who have been making these types of masks for hundreds of years. Did you notice all the cables and pulleys that would help the dancer make it move? He would wear it on his back while he danced.
This mask is particularly interesting because the Kwakwaka'wakw are known for Killer Whale masks and this one is a Baleen whale, notice its long length and the small top fin.
My question is about "Maximum Sensation."  Why did the artist use 50 skateboards?
The meaning behind the amount of skateboards is up to interpretation. Interestingly the skateboards you see in the gallery are actually not the entire work. The artist actually did use a total of 50 but I believe there are fewer than 50 shown in "Diverse Works," to fit the available space. The curators may have chosen them for a variety of colors and patterns.
This was designed by Karl L.H. Mueller and produced by Union Porcelain Works which used to be in Green Point, Brooklyn, for the US Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia in 1876.
On the vase, you will see symbolic images that show progress in American history. Such as the sewing machines, steamships and telegraph poles.
I don't understand the meaning behind this video.
That video is titled "Eat Cake" which is one of the things the artist is doing in her own film. It's almost like a dark fairy tale, showing her in the forest in her gown.
However, she was thinking about more troubling issues, including greed, violence against women (here she is crouching, almost submissive), and the ways that people are disconnected from nature in contemporary life. It's an unsettling work but one that draws in a lot of visitors.
Is the stain glass "Hospitalitas" a replica or the original?
This is an original. It was made for a private home in Brooklyn, but the owners later gave it to the Brooklyn Museum only eight years after it was completed and installed. It was originally in the home of Herbert L. Pratt, still standing at 213 Clinton Avenue, where it was installed in the stairwell landing in the entrance hall.
Can you tell me the story behind this?
Vasily Vereshchagin, the artist, volunteered for the staff of the Russian army. He wanted to go to the front lines in order to (in his own words) "see with my own eyes a regular European war" and to "observe, feel and study people". The two Vereshchagin works you see there serve as a sort of "before and after" of the same scene. In "A Resting Place of Prisoners," you see the Russian soldiers and the Turkish prisoners buckling down in a snowstorm while marching to the Danube and in "The Road of the War Prisoners," you see the aftermath of the bodies left frozen on the Russian road.
Why are there scratch marks around the faces?
This piece was used as a sculptor's model and is not a finished work of art (as you may have read in the label!) it is likely that the scratches occurred during the workshop practice of the artists.
What is up with this statue?
This is Orpheus, by Auguste Rodin. It shows a moment in the story of Orpheus, an amazingly gifted musician and singer. You'll see he's holding his lyre, a stringed instrument.       
When his wife Eurydice died, he went down to the underworld and convinced the gods of the underworld by playing and singing for them to release her and send her back to the living world. But he had to promise not to look back as he and Eurydice went back up to the land of the living. He forgot, and looked back to check on Eurydice thus losing her to the underworld again, permanently.
ASK App ASK Team

Curious about how we developed ASK Brooklyn Museum? The project team is blogging regularly on BKM Tech, and we've open sourced our code on Github.

ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

How much does this weigh?
It weighs six tons in all, it is solid wood.
We enjoyed watching the riggers assemble it when it arrived in the building, limb by heavy limb.
What is this?
That detail shows Washington's fob seal. A fob seal was a stamp of a coat of arms or a similar symbol, engraved in a gemstone and set in wood, gold, or ivory, then attached to the person's clothing with a chain or strap. Washington owned several elegant fobs with gold settings. He was shown wearing fobs in many portraits, as well as the painting "Washington Crossing the Delaware" at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Where does this originate from?
That is from a Kwakwaka'wakw community in Knight's Inlet, British Columbia, Canada (somewhere near what is now Vancouver).
The community is home to many amazing carvers who have been making these types of masks for hundreds of years. Did you notice all the cables and pulleys that would help the dancer make it move? He would wear it on his back while he danced.
This mask is particularly interesting because the Kwakwaka'wakw are known for Killer Whale masks and this one is a Baleen whale, notice its long length and the small top fin.
My question is about "Maximum Sensation."  Why did the artist use 50 skateboards?
The meaning behind the amount of skateboards is up to interpretation. Interestingly the skateboards you see in the gallery are actually not the entire work. The artist actually did use a total of 50 but I believe there are fewer than 50 shown in "Diverse Works," to fit the available space. The curators may have chosen them for a variety of colors and patterns.
This was designed by Karl L.H. Mueller and produced by Union Porcelain Works which used to be in Green Point, Brooklyn, for the US Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia in 1876.
On the vase, you will see symbolic images that show progress in American history. Such as the sewing machines, steamships and telegraph poles.
I don't understand the meaning behind this video.
That video is titled "Eat Cake" which is one of the things the artist is doing in her own film. It's almost like a dark fairy tale, showing her in the forest in her gown.
However, she was thinking about more troubling issues, including greed, violence against women (here she is crouching, almost submissive), and the ways that people are disconnected from nature in contemporary life. It's an unsettling work but one that draws in a lot of visitors.
Is the stain glass "Hospitalitas" a replica or the original?
This is an original. It was made for a private home in Brooklyn, but the owners later gave it to the Brooklyn Museum only eight years after it was completed and installed. It was originally in the home of Herbert L. Pratt, still standing at 213 Clinton Avenue, where it was installed in the stairwell landing in the entrance hall.
Can you tell me the story behind this?
Vasily Vereshchagin, the artist, volunteered for the staff of the Russian army. He wanted to go to the front lines in order to (in his own words) "see with my own eyes a regular European war" and to "observe, feel and study people". The two Vereshchagin works you see there serve as a sort of "before and after" of the same scene. In "A Resting Place of Prisoners," you see the Russian soldiers and the Turkish prisoners buckling down in a snowstorm while marching to the Danube and in "The Road of the War Prisoners," you see the aftermath of the bodies left frozen on the Russian road.
Why are there scratch marks around the faces?
This piece was used as a sculptor's model and is not a finished work of art (as you may have read in the label!) it is likely that the scratches occurred during the workshop practice of the artists.
What is up with this statue?
This is Orpheus, by Auguste Rodin. It shows a moment in the story of Orpheus, an amazingly gifted musician and singer. You'll see he's holding his lyre, a stringed instrument.       
When his wife Eurydice died, he went down to the underworld and convinced the gods of the underworld by playing and singing for them to release her and send her back to the living world. But he had to promise not to look back as he and Eurydice went back up to the land of the living. He forgot, and looked back to check on Eurydice thus losing her to the underworld again, permanently.
ASK App ASK Team

Curious about how we developed ASK Brooklyn Museum? The project team is blogging regularly on BKM Tech, and we've open sourced our code on Github.