Collections Central

Collections Central

Collections Central features a rotating selection from the museum’s collection of 29,000 historic cultural objects and scientific specimen – from lunch boxes to minerals, masks and trolleys! Exhibit components invite visitors to explore through close observation and by taking on the roles of curator, artist and conservator as they create their own designs inspired by the collection.


Current Exhibit

Animals and Us

On view October 26 – September 2020

Flying high above or slithering down the sidewalk – animals are all around us. Even in the heart of bustling Brooklyn, we share space with animals that create their homes and everyday patterns around ours. Like our human neighbors, these animals make our individual communities unique, and are part of the places we call home.

Animals and Us highlights objects from Brooklyn Children’s Museum’s 30,000 piece collection that reflect how people have been inspired to create art and everyday objects by the mammals, birds, fish, reptiles, and amphibians around them. Some of these animals have inspired folktales and stories within communities; others have sparked imaginary, fantastical never-been-seen creatures.