visiting Exhibits


Building brainstorms will be closed for a private event Dec 2nd - Dec 6th 


Nov. 15, 2016 - Dec. 31, 2016


Building Brainstorm invites children and their families to explore the built environment through hands-on investigation of building forms, features, materials, and the architectural design process. This fantasy architecture studio presents children with building design challenges to research and solve. Kids and adults can have fun experimenting with building materials and engineering problems as well as investigating how choices about light, form, structure, and organization impacts a building's design. Various interactive "workbenches" and "job sites" encourage young visitors to explore the process of building and the nature of architecture by coming up with solutions to common engineering and architectural challenges. The exhibition features architectural artifacts and models and is a bilingual exhibit with Spanish and English exhibit text.

Permanent Exhibits

Totally Tots

This pint-sized paradise is designed for our youngest visitors, featuring nine different sensory play areas including water, sand, music, and more. Exclusively for children ages zero to 5.

Collections Central

Collections Central features a rotating selection from the museum’s collection of 29,000 historic and artistic works. Exhibit interactives invite visitors to learn by taking on the roles of curator and conservator. Multi-sensory engagement with collections arranged around classic and unexpected themes inspires visitors to discover, create, and collect.

Neighborhood Nature

Examine the many ecologies found in your own Brooklyn backyard. This exhibit introduces children to life sciences, and features live animals from the Museum’s living collection. 

World Brooklyn

In World Brooklyn, children play in mini shops based on the real ones you would find in neighborhoods across Brooklyn. This exhibit is designed to foster a greater understanding and appreciation of world cultures found in Brooklyn. Through objects and stories drawn from real people and places in the borough’s diverse communities, children learn about themselves and their neighbors.