Brooklyn Children’s Museum

Creating Artistic Space for Children

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.

Though the museum was reconstructed several times, the museum has found a more permanent home and has even undergone millions of dollars worth of renovations. As a result, the Brooklyn Children’s Museum today features 100,000 square feet of interior space, 20,000 square feet of rooftop space, and 10,000 square feet of garden space.

Additionally, the museum received accreditation as New York City’s only LEED-certified green museum. It finds innovative ways to make use of alternative fuel. Renewable, eco-friendly material also makes up the building.

The Brooklyn Children’s Museum boasts over 30,000 individual cultural and natural science objects. Kids love this museum and get a lot out of it. The museum enlarges the learning sphere for kids of all ages.

All Seasons Art and Sculpture Crown Heights Kid 2-11 Museums

145 Brooklyn Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11213


(718) 735-4400


Take the 3 subway line to Kingston Avenue or take the A or C subway lines to Nostrand Avenue. You can also take the B43 or B44 bus lines to St. Mark's Avenue or take the B25, B45, or B65 to Brooklyn Avenue.

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