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Frequently Asked Questions

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Eating, Shopping, and Amenities

BCM’s café is currently closed, and no eating of any kind is allowed in the Museum, except for on our roof terrace. Families may drink from their own water bottles; however, water fountains will not be available. Guests are welcome to bring their own food to eat on the roof terrace.
Coat check is no longer offered at the Museum. Brooklyn Children’s Museum is not responsible for property lost at the Museum. Please leave valuables at home.
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 admission desk, online, by calling the Membership Department at 718-735-4400 ext. 324, or by email at membership@brooklynkids.org.
There are five membership levels to choose from: Click here for more information about membership benefits.
All membership levels include:
  • Free general admission to Brooklyn Children’s Museum
  • $4 off general admission fee for additional guests
  • Member express entry
  • Invitations to exclusive Members-only events
  • The Museum’s monthly e-newsletter
Members at the Explorer level or above can add a caregiver to their membership for an additional $30 per adult. Click here for more information.
Only members at the Explorer level or above receive membership cards. It takes 2-3 weeks to receive the cards after a membership has been purchased. In the meantime, you can use your membership by presenting an email confirmation or receipt and a photo ID at the admission 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.

Discounted Admission

BCM extends free individual memberships to IDNYC cardholders. Bring your IDNYC to BCM’s admission desk to redeem your membership. As per IDNYC city rules, you may use your IDNYC only if you have not been a BCM member within the last five (5) years. Membership benefits include:
  • Free general admission Brooklyn Children’s Museum for IDNYC cardholder (age 16+)
  • $4 off general admission fee for additional guests
  • Member express entry
  • Invitations to exclusive Members-only events
  • The Museum’s monthly e-newsletter
Brooklyn Children's Museum is a partner institution with Cool Culture. The Cool Culture pass provides free general admission to the Museum for up to 5 family members. All Cool Culture families must have a current Cool Culture card with a photo ID that matches the name on their card.
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 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 Rentals

BCM has select spaces available for Birthday Parties and for private events such as parties, dinners, film shoots and more. Please visit the Birthday Parties page for information about party packages and the Space Rentals page to book space today!

Employment, Internships, & Volunteering

Visit our Employment & Opportunities page for information about employment, internships and volunteering at Brooklyn Children's Museum.

About Our Exhibitions

A pint-sized paradise designed for BCM’s youngest visitors, featuring nine different sensory play areas including water, sand, music, dress up, blocks, and more. Totally Tots is for children ages zero to 6.
Examine the ecology of a Brooklyn backyard. This exhibit introduces children to life sciences through hands-on play, close looking and listening, and exploring the intersection of the natural and human worlds. Don’t miss BCM’s greenhouse and animals from our living collection in the Science Inquiry Center.
Kids explore a series of storefronts based on real Brooklyn shops. In each store, kids take on the roles of shopkeeper, baker, grocer, shopper, designer, performer, and builder as they gain an appreciation of cultures, people, and places that help Brooklyn grow and thrive.
Families explore a rotating selection from BCM’s collection of 30,000 cultural objects and natural science specimens, masks, dolls, and other items. Exhibits activities invite close observation and encourage children to create their own designs inspired by the collection.
Approximately 2,700 sq ft of space, featuring exhibits that rotate 2-3 times annually. Past 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. Click here for more information about current and past visiting exhibits.
Brooklyn Children’s Museum’s art studio features art-making programs inspired by the work of contemporary Black artists such as Chakaia Booker, Wangechi Mutu, Jack Whitten, and Sam Gilliam. Workshops are facilitated by BCM educators and are offered every 45 minutes on Thursday afternoons and weekends.
BCM’s Sensory Room is an inclusive space where children of all abilities can engage with their peers and explore their senses. Sessions in this space are balanced between self-guided exploration and facilitated programs led by BCM educators.