The Brooklyn Children’s Museum was the first museum dedicated to children. It opened in 1899 and spurred the establishment of over 300 children’s museums throughout the world. The museum displays a multitude of hands-on exhibitions that promote interactive learning for kids in pre-school to high school.
Upon opening, Anna Billings Gallup, a former curator at the museum, pushed for the staff to make learning easy for kids. She originally intended for the museum to help kids learn more about themselves and the world in which they live. Additionally, she wanted the museum to inspire kids and build a world that shows them how math, science, and the humanities come together.
Originally, a Victorian mansion in Crown Heights acted as the starting point for the Brooklyn Children’s Museum. The architects and curators converted its halls and pantries to exhibit halls, workshops, and libraries. During the Cold War era, the museum began to focus on the advancement of science and technology. Around this time, the United States had begun to focus on space exploration. The museum permitted kids to join science-related clubs and activities.