Just 10 minutes away from At Home in Brooklyn is the Brooklyn Children’s Museum, the first museum in the U.S. to cater specifically to children. It has since become an iconic landmark in Brooklyn, NY. Offering innovative exhibits, programs, and collections that are geared towards children, the museum encourages kids to understand and respect the world around them. Here, youngsters can explore everything from history and world cultures to science and nature. Read on to discover why the Brooklyn Children’s Museum is a must-see for families.
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History of the Brooklyn Children’s Museum
Following a proposal from the Brooklyn Museum, the Children’s Museum was founded on December 16, 1899. Attendance grew quickly, and by 1939, the museum had received more than nine million visitors since its opening. In 2008, work began on a $43 million expansion that doubled the size of the museum. This has allowed the facility to handle more than 400,000 visitors each year. As part of its commitment to environmental sustainability, the Brooklyn Children’s Museum added geothermal wells for heating and cooling purposes. It’s even credited as being the very first green museum in New York City!
Today, the Brooklyn Children’s Museum offers six permanent exhibits along with a few visiting exhibits. This makes it a great place to visit year after year. Permanent exhibits include the Sensory Room, the Brooklyn Block Lab, World Brooklyn, Totally Tots, Collections Central, and Neighborhood Nature. Each has been meticulously designed to suit children of all needs and ages.
The Sensory Room is one of the most impressive exhibits, as it was created by scholars and professionals with experience in Autism Spectrum Disorders. World Brooklyn is another favorite and is interesting for visitors and locals alike, showcasing the various world cultures found in Brooklyn. Don’t forget to check out Neighborhood Nature which focuses on the different ecologies in your backyard. This exhibit has a greenhouse with live animals from the museum’s living collection.
Daily Programs & Events
Throughout the week, the Brooklyn Children’s Museum hosts a variety of fun and educational programs for kids to enjoy. You can even attend special events throughout the year. Be sure to check the daily program schedule and special events page for frequent updates.
Start Planning Your Visit!
A trip to the Brooklyn Children’s Museum is a wonderful way to spend an afternoon with the family. The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and admission is just $11 per person. Children under the age of 12 months are free.
After a fun day, head back to our Park Slope bed and breakfast where you can relax and unwind. Then explore the rest of Brooklyn right outside our doorstep! Our inn is just minutes from a variety of kid-friendly attractions, including the Prospect Park Zoo, the Brooklyn Science Museum, Coney Island, and much more. We can’t wait to hear about what you discover in our beautiful borough!