With five floors of exhibits, the Brooklyn Museum includes such exhibits as the Egyptian galleries on the third floor and the Period Rooms on the fourth. The highlight of the Egyptian collection is the Mummy Chamber; there are four “in residence.”
The period rooms are entire floors from a variety of 17th to 20th century homes, which have been transported into the museum. You step up into each room’s doorway and peer inside through glass, as if you’re looking into a life-size dollhouse. The oldest of the homes, the Jan Martense Schenck House, is a Dutch farmhouse that originally stood in Brooklyn’s Mill Basin area. Look for the “Family Guide” brochure on the wall nearby, which not only describes the house in school-age language, but also includes a number of interpretative activities.
You’ll be impressed by the regularly scheduled Family Programs offered at the museum, including the “Hands-on Art” workshops, the “Arty Facts” tours for kids ages 4 to 7, and the “Meet the Museum” classes for toddlers.
The museum is open between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, offering extended hours until 10 p.m. on Thursdays. It is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Admission is $16 for adults and $10 for seniors (62 and over) and kids ages 19 and under.