The Brooklyn Museum has a suggested contribution of $8 for adults and $4 for Seniors and Students. Members and children under 12 accompanied by an adult are admitted for free. Sunday 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday and Tuesday: Closed. Wednesday – Friday:
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday:
11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
First Saturday of Each Month: 11 a.m. – 11 p.m
A collection of birds, shells and fishes exhibited by the old Brooklyn Institute in 1854 may be regarded as the nucleus of the present Brooklyn Museum, which was organized in 1890 and is maintained as a public institution under the auspices and direction of the Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences. The latter is a scientific and educational institution originally incorporated in 1824 as the Brooklyn Apprentice Library Association; it was rechartered as the Brooklyn Institute in 1843, having among its avowed purposes the establishment and maintenance of Museums and Libraries of Art and Science. The Institute is maintained by fees of its Members, private subscriptions, and in part by appropriation from the City.
The collections are provided by the Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences, which raises an annual fund for this purpose, supplemented by special bequests and subscriptions.
The Brooklyn Museum is situated at Eastern Parkway and Washington Avenue, near the main entrance to Prospect Park, and may be reached from New York by subway to Atlantic Avenue and thence by St. John's Place car to Sterling Place; or from the Brooklyn Bridge by Flatbush Avenue car to Prospect Park, and thence along Eastern Parkway to the Museum building.
The Museum is open free on all holidays and every day in the week except Mondays and Tuesdays. Teachers with their classes are admitted free at all times, including pay days.
The Brooklyn Museum has three departments: Fine Arts, Ethnology and Natural History. For the purposes of this Guide the two latter only will be considered.
The Ethnological Exhibits are installed as follows: In the Sub-basement galleries, collections from Japan and Korea; in the'Basement, specimens and collections from Polynesia, Siam, Java, Burma, Japan, China and Tibet; on the First Floor, collections from the Indians of Southwestern United States, Central and Northern California and the Northwest Coast of America, and the Avery Collection of Chinese Cloisonne. In addition, collections from East India are in-stalled in cases on the stairway landings.
The Natural History Collections occupy the entire Second Floor.
The main entrance of the building is used only on Sun-days and holidays. The week-day entrance hall is on the basement floor west of the main entrance, and from this point it is convenient to begin a survey of the ethnological collections from Japan.
Passing through the entrance hall, the visitor finds immediately facing him the stairway to the Sub-basement. The walls of this stairway are utilized for exhibiting a collection of Japanese spears and halberds, among them a war sickle three hundred years old; also Japanese scales and measures, prints and maps.
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