Upstairs at the Brooklyn Children's Museum

Visiting The Brooklyn Childrens Museum

Looking for something to do with your kids while in a new city? If you’re ever visiting a new city with your kids, look up the nearest children’s museum. Children’s museums offer fun adventurers, safe kid-friendly spaces, and exhibits that can be enjoyed by all ages.

recycled-cardboard-art-at-bcmRecently, we visited the Brooklyn Children’s Museum (BCM). BCM is lots of fun for kids.

  • Location: Brooklyn Children’s Museum, 145 Brooklyn Ave, Brooklyn, NY, 11213, United States
  • Hours: 10-5 pm from Tuesday through Sunday.
  • Free Hours: 2 – 6 pm on Thursdays
  • Plan your visit: See BCM’s event calendar

Cool facts about the Brooklyn Children’s Museum

  1. The Brooklyn Children’s Museum (BCM) was the first the world’s very first kid’s museum.
  2. The entire museum is about Brooklyn. Additionally, there’s a new exhibit that highlights the residents of Brooklyn. Oil painter, Rusty Zimmerman, painted portraits of the people from Brooklyn. His exhibit will be on display through October 23. In partnership with the Brooklyn Historical Society and the Weeksville Heritage Center, oral histories were also recorded during each portrait session, which will be available for listening during Zimmerman’s exhibition. 
  3. Remember, Thursdays are donation entry days, so visitors are not required to pay the $11 entrance; instead visitors can share a monetary donation of their choice.

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The Brooklyn Museum Offers:

  • kente-cloth-at-the-brooklyn-childrens-museumFree parking for visitors, which is a plus because it’s in the heart of a residential NY neighborhood.
  • Hands-on exhibits geared towards children from infancy throughout their elementary years.
  • Rotating and new exhibits so you can visit each year and have an almost completely new experience every time.
  • A celebration of the different cultures of people who reside in Brooklyn. It’s lovely to see the diverse community and rich history shared with children who visit BCM.
  • Tons of hands-on exhibits so children can feel comfortable using may of their five senses to interact with the displays.
  • a Tiny tots area, animals, a cafĂ©, classes, etc.

Overall, the museum is one of Brooklyn’s treasures and parents will enjoy taking their children to the museum to have fun and experience a first hand look at Brooklyn life.

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  • Looks like a fun place to take the kiddos. Free parking is a plus too because that alone can be really expensive. depending on the area.

    • Free parking is so important to me. I love the museums in DC, but parking keeps me from visiting the city more often.

  • Looks awesome! We just moved to a new city and I am planning to take my kid to the marbles museum soon

    • The marbles museum in Raleigh, NC is my all to time favorite Children’s Museum, but the one in Denver, CO is a close second.

      • That’s where I am! Just moved here!

  • I’ve NEVER been to BCM and I’ve lived in NYC my whole life. Didn’t know it was the world’s first children’s museum.

  • Kirstin

    WOW! Looks like a cool fun museum that kids will love. I love the idea of donation Thursday. May have to add this one to my ‘must visit’ list.

  • J King

    I loved going as a child. It has really evolved! Nice to see a part of my childhood still being a “thing”.

  • Wow that’s pretty cool! I babysit my little cousins from time to time & this is definitely going on my activity list for them!

  • Valerie Robinson

    Such a great space for children. I love facilities where they can both learn and have fun! Very cool!

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