Visit: Brooklyn Museum FAQ

Planning a Visit


Getting Here

How do I get to the Museum by car, bus, or subway?
Please see our Directions page.

Does the Museum have a parking lot?
Yes. Please see our Directions page.

Is there street parking?
Yes. Please see our Directions page.

Are there bike racks?
Yes. Please see our Directions page.


Hours and Admission

When is the Museum open?
Please see our Hours and Admission page.

How much is admission to the Museum?
Please see our Hours and Admission page.

Do I have to pay the full price for admission?
Admission prices are a suggested contribution; pay what you wish. Admission fees give you access to our permanent collection and special exhibition galleries, as well as most programs and tours. Ticketed exhibitions, films, and performances might require an additional fee.

Is there a time when admission is reduced?
Admission to the Museum is free from 5 to 11 p.m. on the first Saturday of every month (except September).

What are Target First Saturdays?
On the first Saturday of every month (except September), we open our doors to the community free of charge from 5 to 11 p.m. Galleries, Saul restaurant and bar, and The Counter café are open, and visitors of all ages can choose from an exciting menu of free special events, including family art activities; gallery talks; live music, dance, and theater performances; and film screenings. See the schedule for the next Target First Saturday.

Can anyone bypass the admissions line?
All visitors must stop at the Visitor Center to receive an admission tag for the day. Members must show their card to the admission or Membership staff and receive an admission tag before entering the Museum.

When is the Museum Shop open?
Please see our Hours and Admission page.

Can I come to the Museum just to visit the Museum Shop? If so, do I have to pay the admission fee?
You don't have to pay the admission fee. Stop by our Visitor Center for a free pass to visit our Shop.

What are the Library hours, and do I need an appointment?
Our Libraries and Archives are closed to the public until Spring 2014 for renovation to our second floor. If you're a researcher who needs to access our resources, send us an email and we'll do our best to assist you.

Does my admission to the Museum also give me access to the Botanic Garden?
No, you'll need to pay a separate admission fee for the Garden, but you can buy a joint reduced-price ticket during the Garden’s peak season (Spring through Fall).


In and Around the Museum

Is there a coat check?
Yes. Please see our Visitor Amenities page.

Are baby strollers permitted in the Museum?
Yes. Please see our Visitor Amenities page.

Are all Brooklyn Museum exhibitions appropriate for children to view?
Some of the exhibitions at the Brooklyn Museum are directed to adult audiences. Parents and teachers are advised to preview exhibitions.

Is there a place to eat?
Yes, you can purchase a meal or snack at The Counter café or at Michelin-starred Saul restaurant and bar. We can't allow outside food in the dining areas or anywhere else in the building, but you're welcome to enjoy a bagged lunch in our sculpture garden. See our Hours and Admission page more information about dining options.

Are there other restaurants in the area?
There are a few restaurants nearby on Washington Avenue and many in Park Slope, within walking distance.

What is Heart of Brooklyn?
Heart of Brooklyn is the name of a unique partnership among six of Brooklyn’s most prestigious cultural institutions: Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Public Library, Prospect Park Alliance, and Prospect Park Zoo. To utilize their collective resources to better serve a diverse Brooklyn-based community as well a larger public, these organizations formed Heart of Brooklyn as a nonprofit organization in July 2001. Visit the Heart of Brooklyn website.


Visitors with Disabilities

Is the Museum wheelchair accessible?
Yes. Please see our Access Services and Programs page.

Are wheelchairs available at the Museum?
Yes. Please see our Access Services and Programs page.

How do I get to the Museum by subway if I’m in a wheelchair?
The Eastern Parkway subway station does not have an elevator. Visitors in wheelchairs may take the subway to other MTA accessible stops and transfer to a bus line. The B41 and B69 stop at Grand Army Plaza; B48 at Franklin Avenue and Eastern Parkway.

Does the Museum offer special programs or tours for visitors with visual or hearing impairments?
The Museum offers a variety of programs for visitors with diverse needs. Please call the Education Division at (718) 501-6230 for more information or see an online list of our Access Services and Programs.


Visiting as a Group

How do I arrange a visit for a school group or group of adults?
All guided and self-guided school school groups, and all adult groups must make advance reservations for visits. Reservations are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis and tend to fill up quickly. Please make your reservation as early as possible. Lessons for school groups must be booked at least three weeks in advance. Please note that reservations cannot be made over the phone. A reservation form must be filled out in advance. For more information, please see the following pages:

How do I arrange for a group of adults?
All guided and self-guided groups must make advance reservations for visits. Reservations are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis and tend to fill up quickly. Please make your reservation as early as possible. For more information, please see our Group Tours page.
Why should I pre-register my self-guided group?

1. In the event of an emergency, the Museum staff will be better informed and able to assist your group members if we have your contact information on file.
2. Pre-registering gives your group priority over non-registered groups when entering the Museum’s galleries.
3. Pre-registered groups that visit the Museum five or more times within one year will qualify for Cultural Ambassador benefits and savings.
4. Pre-registered groups receive welcome packets with Brooklyn Museum literature for their group members


Tours and Talks

Gallery Tours
We offer private guided tours that you can schedule in advance. We also have daily gallery tours led by Museum-trained volunteers that are free with Museum admission on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at 1:30 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays at 2, 3, and 4 p.m. Call (718) 638-5000 for times and specific topics.

Gallery Talks
Talks are delivered by Museum curators, conservators, independent scholars, and advanced students of art history and are based on either special exhibitions or the permanent collections. Visit our calendar for dates, times, and topics.

Do you offer tours in any languages other than English?
Arrangements can be made in advance to schedule alternate tours in select languages by contacting grouptours@brooklynmuseum.org.

Are there tours in Sign Language?
We don't currently have any scheduled tours for our visitors with hearing impairments, but we hope to initiate this service in the near future. We do have various children’s programs that offer sign-language interpretation on certain dates.

Does the Museum offer audio tours?
We have audio tours for select special exhibitions. Check the exhibition's page on our website to see if an audio tour is offered.

Are audio tours offered in languages other than English?
Audio tours are sometimes offered in languages other than English. For details about available audio tours, please check the page on our website for the exhibition you're interested in.

What programs does the Museum offer for children?
We offer weekly programs for children. Check the calendar for current listings or stop by the Museum and pick up our weekly What’s Happening palm card, bimonthly program calendar, or Family Programs brochure.


About the Museum

Is the Museum a private or public institution?
The Brooklyn Museum is a private, not-for-profit institution governed by a Board of Trustees, operating in a building owned by New York City.

How large is the Museum and its collections?
The Brooklyn Museum is one of the largest art museums in the United States and one of the premier art institutions in the world. Our permanent collections include a wide range of objects from ancient Egyptian masterpieces to contemporary art, representing almost every culture in the world. We are housed in a 560,000-square-foot Beaux-Arts building.

What is meant by the term “permanent collections”?
Our permanent collections are made up of the works of art that the Museum actually owns. (It does not include works in special exhibitions or works temporarily on loan to the Museum.) The Brooklyn Museum’s permanent collections range from Egyptian sarcophagi to period rooms, with only a fraction of these works on display at any given time. Collections are rotated (that is, some objects are put away so that others can be shown) in the permanent collection galleries, but there are always many works in our storerooms.

What is in the Museum’s permanent collections?
Our world-renowned permanent collections range from ancient Egyptian masterpieces to contemporary art, and represent a wide range of cultures. All collections can be explored online on our website.

Why are some objects not on exhibition?
The permanent collections are very large and only a fraction of these can be on exhibition at any given time. Sometimes works are lent to other museums for special exhibitions; sometimes they are in the conservation laboratory for study or maintenance. Certain types of objects, such as watercolors, textiles, and photographs, are sensitive to light and begin to fade if they are exposed for too long, so their exhibition time is limited. Finally, as large as the Museum is, there is not enough room to display everything in the collections. In order to present our best works, collections are rotated periodically.

What is meant by the term “special exhibition”?
A special exhibition is a temporary installation of artworks devoted to a particular theme. Special exhibitions may include works from the Brooklyn Museum’s collections, but usually feature works that are borrowed from museums around the country or around the world. Sometimes a special exhibition will show works that belong to just one institution or owner. Special exhibitions are usually on view for about 12 weeks and often travel to other museums before or after being shown at the Brooklyn Museum.

What are the current special exhibitions at the Museum?
Please see our Exhibitions page.

I'm an artist. How can I let you know about my work?
Due to current demands on staffing, we're not able to accept and review artist submissions at this time.

How do I submit my work to be reviewed for inclusion in the Feminist Art Base?
The Feminist Art Base is a curated selection of artists whose work reflects feminist ideas, investments, and concerns. Artists apply by invitation, or may, if they feel their work is relevant, submit a CV, a statement about how their practice connects to feminism, and images of their work (either as attachments or links) to feminist.art.base@brooklynmuseum.org. Works will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and selected artists will be invited to participate.

How do I find out how much an object in the Brooklyn Museum collections is worth?
The Museum does not disclose the monetary values of objects in its collections.

Can you tell me the value of an artwork that I own?
The Museum does not provide monetary appraisals. To determine the value of an object or to find an appraiser, you may contact the Art Dealers Association of America or the American Society of Appraisers.

How can I donate a work of art to the Museum?
Since its founding, the Brooklyn Museum has benefited from the generosity of the public in building its collections, and we continue to welcome gifts. However, not every object is right for the Museum’s collections. If we already have a work that an offered gift duplicates, or if a work would never have a chance to be exhibited, we prefer not to add it to the collection. Therefore we have a careful process for reviewing all gift offers. If you wish to offer an artwork to the Museum, please send images, along with a letter outlining your intentions, to the curatorial department in which your work would be housed. If you are not sure which department is appropriate, you may send offers to the attention of the Chief Curator. We appreciate your generous intentions.


Painting, Sketching, Photography, and Performance in the Museum

Are visitors permitted to sketch in the Museum?
Yes. Sketching in pencil, crayon, pastel, and charcoal is permitted in all the permanent collections of the Brooklyn Museum during regular Museum hours. The use of ink, watercolor, fountain, felt tip, or ballpoint pen is not permitted. Sketching is also permitted in most special exhibitions, but is restricted in ticketed exhibitions and crowded galleries. Visitors should inquire at the Visitor Center for further details.

Groups who intend to sketch must contact the Museum prior to their visit. Certain rules govern the use of art materials by staff-supervised groups in the Museum’s permanent collection galleries and special exhibitions. Please call the Education Division at (718) 501-6230 for more information. Please note that the staff-guided groups mentioned above may include: Gallery/Studio classes of no more than 15 students; guided gallery visits for school groups, generally consisting of 30 to 35 students with a classroom teacher and 3 parent chaperones; and family programs, generally with a one-to-one ratio of parents to children.

Are visitors allowed to paint in the Museum?
Visitors who wish to copy a work of art must apply for a permit issued by the Brooklyn Museum, which is valid for one month and may be renewed. Copying is restricted to works in the permanent collections and is allowed on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 12 to 4 p.m. only. The copyist must indicate specific dates and times on his or her permit application. The Museum reserves the right to refuse a permit and to revoke such permits at any time. Permits will only be issued upon receipt and approval of the copyist’s application.

All copies must be made on a scale that differs from the original by at least 20% in both height and width. Copies must be stamped by the appropriate curator upon completion. Objects on loan to the Museum may not be copied without the written permission of the owners. The Tissot watercolors may not be copied. Works by living artists may not be copied without their written permission.

Copies cannot be stored in the building. Copyists must bring all appropriate equipment, such as drop-cloth, easel, and paints. All paints, oils, rags, and set-up materials must be removed from the building at the close of each day.

Self-guided groups are not allowed to copy art with wet media.

Certain rules govern the use of art materials by staff-supervised groups in the Brooklyn Museum’s permanent collection galleries and special exhibitions. Please call the Education Division at (718) 501-6230 for more information.

Is photography or videography permitted in the Museum?
Photography and videography are allowed in the Museum so long as the images are taken using existing light only (no flash) and are for personal, non-commercial use. Photography and videography are often restricted in special exhibition galleries; please consult with the Visitor Center upon arrival. Tripods are not permitted.

Is wedding photography permitted in the Museum?
We currently do not permit wedding photography in the Museum during public hours. You're welcome to shoot outside on the plaza and steps as long as your group does not impede other visitors or programming. There's no fee for exterior photography, but we do ask that you notify us in advance. Interior photography can be arranged in conjunction with a wedding booked on our premises.

Is commercial photography or filming permitted at the Museum?
Commercial photography or filming projects are permitted at the Museum if planned and approved in advance. Please check our location photography page for more information and contact the coordinator at filmshoots@brooklynmuseum.org or (718) 501-6202 with your proposal. All commercial projects must be approved by the Museum in writing.

How do I submit a proposal to present at the Museum?
If you'd like to present a performance, film, or adult workshop at the Museum, please submit a proposal electronically or by email, or contact adult.programs@brooklynmuseum.org for more information.

How do I request images of works in the Museum's collections?
You may use and share images from our website for non-commercial purposes with attribution to the Brooklyn Museum in accordance with our copyright policy. If you need higher resolution images for publication, personal use or study purposes, please contact Image Services at (718) 501-6202, or by email. Detailed information is also available on our Image Services Fee Schedule. You can also order images for teaching purposes at Davis Art Slides.

Can I volunteer at the Museum?
We have a variety of volunteer opportunities. Call (718) 501-6347 for more information.

Are internships available?
Our Education Division offers a limited number of summer or ten-month internships.


Membership and Donations

How do I become a Member?
To become a Member, join online; complete an application form, and mail it along with your dues to the Membership department; stop by the Brooklyn Community Foundation Visitor Center in the Rubin Lobby; or call (718) 501-6326 during regular Museum hours.

What are the benefits of becoming a Member?
Benefits vary depending on the level of Membership. See a complete list of Membership benefits.

How do I make a donation to the Museum?
You may make a secure, fully tax-deductible donation online; by calling the Development Department at (718) 501-6327 and using your Visa, MasterCard, or American Express card; or by mailing a check made payable to the Brooklyn Museum.

I am a current Member and/or donor. How can I change my name and/or address and continue to receive mail from the Museum?
By providing your new name and/or address to the Membership Department by phone (718) 501-6326, fax (718) 501-6139, or email membership@brooklynmuseum.org.

May I designate a secondary Membership card holder?
Yes, starting at the Family and Friends level and above, Members receive a second card in the name of a family member or friend of their choosing.

Where can I obtain the listing of discounted art-related magazine subscriptions available to current Members?
Consult Brooklyn Museum Your Membership Guide from A to Z or call the Membership Department at (718) 501-6326 for a complete listing.

Can I give a Membership as a gift?
Absolutely! A Membership to the Brooklyn Museum makes any occasion special. Memberships make great birthday, graduation, wedding, anniversary, or holiday gifts for family, friends, and/or business associates. Gift Memberships are available by calling (718) 501-6326. You may also complete an application form and fax it to (718) 501-6139, or mail it to the Museum; to purchase a Gift Membership online click here; or stop by the Membership Desk at the Independence Community Foundation Visitor Center located in the Rubin Lobby. A gift card will be included for your recipient.

How do I receive my Brooklyn Museum Members discount?
Simply by presenting your Membership card to any Museum associate in the Museum Shop or The Counter café upon payment. Your 10% discount will be deducted from the full retail price. For purchases made through the Museum Shop online, type your Member I.D. number (located above your name on your valid Membership card) in the designated area. Your discount will appear on your final invoice.

How can I find out if my company matches the contributions that I make to the Museum?
By visiting your Human Resources department and requesting a matching gift form. Your company's matching gift form will provide full information on eligibility and program limitations.

Can I make a contribution in honor or in memory of someone?
Yes. Your gift in any amount to honor someone special will be acknowledged with a beautiful card informing the person of your thoughtfulness. Gifts in memory to commemorate the life of loved ones will be acknowledged with a unique card to the family. Call (718) 501-6237 for further information.