Frequently Asked Questions

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Plan Your Visit

Monday: Closed
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Thursday: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (admission is “pay what you wish” from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.)
Saturday: 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Sunday: 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. (admission is “pay what you wish” from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.)

Brooklyn Children’s Museum is closed on the following holidays: Thanksgiving Day; December 25; January 1; Memorial Day; and the 4th of July. We are open on most school holidays that fall on Mondays.

Our rooftop terrace is open throughout summer, except during extreme weather or private events. The rooftop opens at 10:30 a.m.
Brooklyn Children’s Museum (BCM) is located at 145 Brooklyn Avenue in Crown Heights, at the corner of St. Marks Avenue. By subway, the closest stops are the 3 train at Kingston Avenue; the 2 train to President; the A train to Nostrand Avenue; and C train to Kingston/Throop. By bus, the nearest stops are the B43 or B44 at St. Marks Avenue and the B25, B45, or B65 at Brooklyn Avenue.
BCM does not have a parking lot, but street parking is usually available within a few blocks of the Museum. Please check signage and follow New York City parking rules.
Children over 1 year: $11
Adults: $11
Seniors (65 and over): $10
Children under 1 year: Free
Members: Free

Admission is free for Brooklyn Children’s Museum members and for employees of corporate members; Cool Culture cardholders; families of New York City Police Officers; families of New York City Firefighters; active military personnel; and veterans. Please note, these prices do not apply to our satellite location SPARK in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Click here for more information on programs and prices at SPARK.
Admission is “pay what you wish” for all visitors on Thursdays from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., and on Sundays from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Unless otherwise specified, all programs are included with your ticket. (Note: This does not include programs at our satellite location SPARK in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Click here for more information.)
Brooklyn Children’s Museum is best for children ages zero to eight years old. All children must be accompanied by an adult over 16 years of age, with at least one adult for every four children. The Museum reserves the right to ask caregivers their age before allowing them into the Museum.
Brooklyn Children’s Museum welcomes school and camp groups. Click here for more information about group programs and pricing, including educator facilitated activities and discounts.

If you are visiting the Museum with more than ten children, we ask that you purchase your tickets ahead of time through our online ticketing system.
Brooklyn Children’s Museum does not allow adults without children to visit without an appointment. Any adult visiting the Museum without a child will be asked to leave their identification with our front desk, and to sign our security log.

Eating, Shopping, and Amenities

Brooklyn Children’s Museum’s café is located on the Museum’s second floor, and is operated by Crown Heights-based vendor Eat Morris. The café is open during regular BCM hours and changes its offerings seasonally. Guests are welcome to bring their own food to eat in our café or on the roof terrace.

Please note that our café serves many different types of food, including nuts and dairy products. If you or your child have allergies, we recommend that you bring your own food.

With the exception of water in plastic bottles and formula for babies under 2, food is not allowed any place in the Museum except the café and the roof terrace. (Note: BCM’s roof terrace is closed during winter months.)
The Brooklyn Children’s Museum gift shop is operated by Brooklyn-based business Little Things, and offers a variety of toys and books. The store is located in the Lobby and opens during regular Museum hours.
Coat check is offered at no charge in the Museum’s lobby. Brooklyn Children’s Museum is not responsible for property lost at coat check or anyplace in the Museum. Please leave valuables at home. For the best BCM experience, we recommend leaving large bags and strollers at coat check.
The Museum’s lost & found is located in our lobby next to the security desk. If you have lost an item, please check with the security officer located by the front entrance. Items of value may be stored in our security office. The Museum is not responsible for lost property and visitors are encouraged to leave valuables at home.
Restrooms are located throughout the Museum, including four designated all-gender restrooms on the second floor. All restrooms are ADA-accessible.
Breastfeeding is welcome any time, any place in the Museum. There is seating available in our World Brooklyn exhibit on the Museum’s lower level, at our café, on our roof, and in our second floor galleries. For those who wish to nurse in a private space, Brooklyn Children’s Museum is equipped with a Mamava private breastfeeding station near the restrooms in its lobby.
Free WiFi is available to all visitors by connecting to the “BrooklynChildrensMuseum-FreeWIFI” network. Follow the instructions provided to connect.

Accessibility

Brooklyn Children’s Museum proudly supports the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and welcomes visitors of all abilities by providing accessible entrances for wheelchairs, walkers, and other mobility-aid devices.
Brooklyn Children’s Museum has one elevator connecting the first floor to the upper level. The sub-level is easily accessible for people using wheelchairs, walkers, and strollers.
We strive to make Brooklyn Children’s Museum inclusive by making our facilities and programs accessible to children with special needs. The Museum’s Sensory Room is designed for children on the autism spectrum, and is open Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday from 2:00 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. We welcome suggestions regarding how the Museum can be more inclusive for families. Please feel free to send your suggestions to vdeschamps@brooklynkids.org.
Assistance animals (e.g., guide dogs, hearing dogs, and seizure dogs) are welcome in the Museum as long as they wear a collar or harness and that the owner has identification papers. Service animals must be on a leash at all times. Brooklyn Children’s Museum reserves the right to request identification for service animals.

Membership

You can become a member in person at the Museum’s front desk, online, by calling the Membership Department at 718-735-4400 ext. 324, or by email to membership@brooklynkids.org.
There are four different membership levels to choose from:
  • Dual — valid for one (1) adult and one (1) child ($75/year)
  • Family — valid for two (2) adults and four (4) children and includes access to the ASTC museum reciprocity program ($130/year)
  • Passport — valid for two (2) adults and four (4) children and includes access to the ASTC and ACM museum reciprocity programs ($195/year)
  • Premium — valid for two (2) adults and four (4) children, and includes free admission to our satellite location SPARK as well as access to the the ASTC and ACM museum reciprocity programs ($500/year)
Click here for more information about membership benefits.
All membership levels include the following benefits for one year:
  • Unlimited, free admission to Brooklyn Children’s Museum for one adult and one child.
  • Express entry on Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays and during school holidays.
  • $4 off ticket price for each additional guests.
  • Access to member-only events.
  • Monthly e-newsletter.
Members at the Family level and above can add a caregiver to their membership for an additional $30 per adult per year. Click here for more information.
Only Members with a Family membership and above receive membership card(s). It takes 2-3 weeks to receive the card after the membership has been purchased. In the meantime, you can use your membership by presenting an email confirmation or receipt and an identification card at the front desk.
We’ve got you covered! You can obtain a replacement card by calling the Membership Department at 718-735-4400 ext. 324 or by emailing membership@brooklynkids.org.

IDNYC & Museum Reciprocity

The IDNYC card allows for a free, one-year individual membership for IDNYC cardholders who have not had an active Brooklyn Children’s Museum membership since January 1st, 2014. To sign up, please bring your IDNYC card and a valid New York State ID to the admission desk, and a visitor experience host will activate your individual Museum membership including the following benefits:

  • Unlimited, free admission to Brooklyn Children’s Museum for one adult.
  • $4 off ticket price for each additional guest.
  • Express entry on Saturdays, Sundays, and during school holidays.
  • Monthly e-newsletter.
Brooklyn Children’s Museum is proud to be part of the Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC) Travel Passport Program and the Association of Children’s Museums (ACM) Reciprocal Network. Restrictions may apply.

ASTC reciprocity allows free admission for two (2) adults and up to four (4) children. (For information on restrictions in using ASTC reciprocity, please visit www.astc.org/passport)

ACM reciprocity gives you a 50% discount on general admission price for up to six (6) people.

To use these benefits, please show your membership card along with a photo ID at the admission desk.

Parties & Space Rental

We love birthday parties and we would love to host yours! We offer an array of themed birthday party packages which include activities, music, and food. For more information about birthday parties, please visit our dedicated page here or 03.23.18_BCM_PARTY real to download the PDF of our party packages.
Businesses, community organizations, and individuals can rent our spaces for private events. For events with more than one hundred (100) guests and for which you require catering (e.g., weddings, Bar Mitzvahs), please click here to visit our partner’s website. For events with fewer than one hundred (100) guests for which you do not require catering, please click here to see our rental costs or contact Vincent R. Deschamps at vdeschamps@brooklynkids.org.
Brooklyn-based nonprofit and community organizations with budgets of under $1M are entitled to reduced rates. For information, please contact Margaret Walton at mwalton@brooklynkids.org or (718) 735-4400 ext 181.

Employment, Internships, & Volunteering

Brooklyn Children’s Museum is always looking for talented people to work with us. We only accept resumes for positions we are currently hiring for. For the most up-to-date list of opportunities please click here. Brooklyn Children’s Museum is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage candidates from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds to apply.
BCM offers ongoing paid internship opportunities through our Teen Programs or through our partnerships with organizations such as CUNY Corps, Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP), and Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow (OBT.) We recommend you reach out to the aforementioned organizations for more information.
Brooklyn Children’s Museum does not accept applications for individual volunteer opportunities at this moment. We do, however, work with outside organizations such has Repair the World to work with volunteers for specific programs.

About Our Exhibitions

Totally Tots is an exhibition geared towards BCM’s youngest visitors age six and under, and is comprised of activity areas, each with challenges geared to specific developmental levels and needs by way of a wide range of sensory, social, and physical activities.
Neighborhood Nature’s main message is “Investigating nature that shares my neighborhood helps me to understand nature everywhere.” The exhibition focuses on where plants and animals live, what they do and how people, plants, and animals share Brooklyn as our home. Neighborhood Nature starts with the natural places, plants and animals of Brooklyn’s natural environments, and uses them as an introduction to organisms, processes, and phenomena found around the world.
This discovery room presents natural science collections and ecology themes. A sensory tabletop activity gives visitors the opportunity to explore natural materials and a range of live animal habitats includes: snakes, basilisk lizards, fish, and turtles. Note that there is a human skeleton on display in this area. Occasionally, visitors who are forbidden to see human remains will inquire about the location of this skeleton.
World Brooklyn encourages visitors to gain a greater understanding and appreciation of Brooklyn as home to people of many different cultures and countries through objects and stories drawn from real people and places in the borough’s diverse communities.
Collections Central presents highlights from the Museum’s collection of nearly 30,000 cultural objects and natural science specimen. This area features annual changing displays on a wide variety of topics, the current display is organized around the Elements of Art: Form, Value, Line, Shape, Texture, Color, and Space. Related to these displays are interactive components that provoke visitors to look, imagine, make, and learn about objects.
Approximately 2,700 sq ft of space, featuring exhibits that rotate 2-3 times annually. The last three exhibits have been developed in partnership with local contemporary artists, and have featured existing artwork as well as works customized for the space and BCM’s visitors. The current exhibit, Block Party, brings together the elements of the iconic Brooklyn block party all under one roof, including a series of dimensional stoops set against a backdrop of artistic facades of residential buildings, and different ”street” and green spaces to play games, meet friends, relax, and have fun.
The ColorLab Studio is an art-making space for families and children of all ages. Rotating programs will feature the work and material inspirations of African American, Afro-Caribbean, and African contemporary artists including Chakaia Booker, Wangechi Mutu, and Jack Whitten. Learn about Afrofuturism through a toolbox containing books, materials, and prompts to guide creating. Each visit to ColorLab will offer new ways to experiment with art and new ideas to explore. Hands-on programs will be supported by BCM’s teaching artists and educators.
Inclusive interactive exhibit and program space developed in 2014, guided by the specific needs of children with Autistic Spectrum Disorders. The space has limited capacity, up to 12 children and their caregivers at a time, and the space is staffed during open hours. Modular furniture elements enable Educators to set up the space differently each time and modify the activities based on the visitors who are present. Activities range from low to high impact and can include quiet reading and materials exploration to medium impact music-making to high impact physical movement and challenges.