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Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx

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The Bronx Museum of the Arts, also called the Bronx Museum of Art or simply the Bronx Museum, is a cultural institution located in the New York City borough of the Bronx. The museum focuses on contemporary and 20th century works created by American artists, and it has hosted exhibitions of art and design from Latin America, Africa and Asia. Its permanent collection consists of more than 800 paintings, sculptures, photographs and works on paper. The museum is part of the Grand Concourse Historic District.HistoryThe museum opened on May 11, 1971, in a partnership between the Metropolitan Museum of Art (the Met) and the Bronx Council on the Arts (founded 1961). The opening coincided with a borough-wide "Bronx Day" event. The first exhibit consisted of 28 paintings from the Met's collection. The museum was originally housed in the first floor rotunda (the Veteran's Memorial Hall) of the Bronx County Courthouse, converted using $77,000 in municipal funds. Additional galleries were located in Co-op City, Bedford Park, and at the Beth Abraham Hospital in Allerton. In its first 12 years of operation, the museum held over 350 exhibitions.In 1982, the city purchased a vacant synagogue at 165th Street and the Grand Concourse, as a new location for the museum. The new location opened to the public in May 1983, in conjunction with "Bronx Week" (successor to "Bronx Day"). An expansion and renovation was completed in 1988, at the cost of $5.8 million. Construction began in February 2004 on a $19-million expansion project, doubling the museum's size to 33000sqft. The expansion opened in October 2006. In 2008, a 3000sqft arts center was added to accommodate educational programs for local schoolchildren and their families. Beginning on March 29, 2012, the museum ceased charging admission. Previously, admission was free on Fridays only.
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  • Not stroller friendly! I went with my cousin and her 2 year old. We were asked to leave the stroller at the door. There is about 1 floor of actual exhibits but there are small stairs within the exhibi...  more »
  • Last summer I was at the museum for the Crains 5 Boro tour. It was a great evening and the installations were exciting to see.  more »
  • Small museum with some very relevant exhibits on social issues and the activism surrounding these issues. When I visited, there was an exhibit on the plight of a woman living in Chicago who was later ...  more »
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  • A sumptuous space and one of the best contemporary art museums in the world. The spacious rooms make it a very dynamic site that can accommodate not only wide possibilities for display of artworks but also for various programming ranging from lectures to multidisciplinary workshops. This museum is always free and aims at creating an interactive experience with the urban community of The Bronx. I am proud to have been a featured writer at the Bronx Stories, which is part of the 2016 remarkable exhibit Art AIDS America.
  • History is always interesting to me. It was educational and quite.
  • It was fun. Went to a African history and culture workshop. Kid friendly
  • Top-notch exhibitions that one can take experience in one leisurely visit. Every exhibit I've seen has been worth the visit.
  • Great exhibits! The Tito Puente exhibit is hidden in the basement, so you'll have to ask for access.