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Arts & Museums
The Waterfront Museum and Showboat Barge is the last covered wooden barge of its kind and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Built in 1914 and purchased for $1 in 1985, she was restored to its present beauty after 300 tons of mud were removed. On board, visitors learn about the history of barges in trade as well as showboat history as a form of American entertainment. Visit the Captain's original living quarters and enjoy an old-fashioned ball machine that whirls, jumps, and plays music by gravity. Circus Sundays brings the circus to the Museum every Sunday in June. The barge offers beautiful views of New York Harbor and the Statue of Liberty. Group tours and school visits can be arranged by appointment.
The Morbid Anatomy Library is a private collection of odd little things, quaint artifacts, interesting books and a plethora of ephemera related to all things dead. Available for research, those interested can go through the bizarre round up on Saturdays between 2p and 6p. Of course, you may have a few nightmares, but the experience will definitely be worth it.
Located in Downtown Brooklyn, this museum has been termed as a 'high-tech fun house' by the New York Times. The founding directors, Kathleen and William Laziza are renowned artists in their own right. The museum houses the 78 RPM record collection from the Metropolitan Museum of Art and provides an archive for several videotapes that feature New York's finest cutting edge artists. It also produces a broadcast television program, Spontaneous Combustion, which features new artists and contemporary artwork.
The New York Transit Museum is housed in an authentic decommissioned 1930s 60,000 square foot bi-level subway station in Brooklyn Heights. It is the custodian of the most extensive collection of urban transportation materials in the United States. The New York Transit Museum, is one of only a few museums in the world dedicated to telling the story of urban mass transit, from the people who developed it and are served by it to the city and region it has helped to shape. The Museum boasts a collection of vintage subway trains, along with a wide array of exhibits, programs, film screenings and workshops.
The Old Stone House is an archetype of a Dutch stone farmhouse with a very rich history. The exhibit at the Old Stone House tells the story of The Battle of Brooklyn, which was the largest battle of the Independence War, and of the heroic acts by the Americans involved. OSH prides itself in being a part of Brooklyn's history and is involved in serving the community by conducting family friendly events. It also hosts cultural events like readings by young and emerging writers, acts by theater groups and concerts by jazz and rock bands. It is also used as an education resource and museum. The Center exhibit, the Battle Of Brooklyn, 1776, is open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays and to groups by appointment. They also rent their Great Room which is on the second floor for kids’ parties, weddings, concerts, lectures, bar mitzvahs and more. You can visit the website for more details.
This National Historic Landmark was originally founded in 1863 as The Long Island Historical Society. Today it acts as an archives and educational center with its sole purpose being the preservation of the history of Brooklyn. The Brooklyn Historical Society presents the following exhibitions: Brooklyn Works: '400 Years of Making a Living in Brooklyn' in celebration of the first phase of its grand reopening after four years of extensive renovations. Enter re-created environments of tenement buildings and sugar refineries, see original advertisements and artifacts from products manufactured in Brooklyn, and hear the stories of workers from enslaved Africans to modern restaurant owners. Among the most influential photographs of Lewis Hine's career are these 25 gelatin silver prints of children at work in New York City - as newsies, bootblacks, doing piecework at home, and factory laborers. Hine's photographs documenting the appalling circumstances of child labor in America from 1906 to 1916 and helped change the course of history. Brooklyn's History Museum is located on site with a large collection of related art and memorabilia.
BRIC Rotunda Gallery is the beautiful art space of the vibrant BRIC arts media, one of the foremost upholders of contemporary art in Brooklyn. BRIC endeavors to integrate cross-cultural art forms through its diversity of exhibitions, art programs, workshops and events. Rotunda Gallery has hosted works of eminent contemporary artists. Thematic exhibits are very common at this venue. Art lovers shouldn't give this gallery a miss! Check website for upcoming events.
The 440 Gallery is a petite little art space in Brooklyn. Owned and managed by local artists, this space is where creativity is unleashed and experimentation is encouraged, to present final products that are truly brilliant. Though most of the works displayed here are done by artists who are members and managers of this gallery. Artists who are not members are also encouraged and invited for regular exhibitions. The art showcased is also sold, thus providing a wholesome support to the artists. Among the artists who are a part of the collective are Todd Erickson, Nancy Lunsford, Gail Flanery, and Tom Bovo. For more information please see the website.
Popularly known as RHV, Robert Henry Vintage Fine Art is committed to the cause of upcoming local and national artists by offering them the gallery space to hold their exhibitions at reasonable rates. Established in 2008 by the flamboyant duo of Robert Walden and Henry Chung, the center also focuses on unusual objects, furniture and antiques from the 1960's and 1970's. Drop by for a look at their exhibitions which change by the month.
Have a passion for archeological digs? Like to know what New York City looks like from below the surface? You can experience a view beneath the streets of Manhattan when you visit this small exhibit composed of artifacts found by archeologists and construction workers. There is 5,000 years of New York archaeological history to explore here. Archeologists are actually working inside a glass laboratory; take a peek. There is a small gift shop, but no cafe. Admission here is free. Check website for details.
This free museum tells the history of the police force in New York City. The evolution in their uniforms is charted, with badges and caps on display. Weapons including clubs, nightsticks and a multitude of guns are shown. Documents describe crimes prevented, solved or still unexplained over the years; liquor raids from the time of Prohibition have given way to drug busts and date rape. The exhibition does not shy away from the problems of today, and there is a highly informative presentation concerning drug addiction and gang violence.
This building was once a gathering place for George Washington and many other American Revolutionary leaders. It was built 1719 as a residence, but by 1762 it had been renovated and turned into Fraunces Tavern. Today, the museum focuses mainly on American and revolutionary fine and decorative art and houses a large collection of Washington artifacts. Come visit the place where the political greats once frequented and revel in the great history and aura around this museum.