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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  • We hopped on the subway to check out this unique art gallery with free admission. The showings change, but it’s a nice small museum.  more »
  • a little treasure in the Bronx. Free admission is a plus. Street parking on the historic Grand Concourse. Walk the Concourse and note the many art deco apartment buildings. Close promimity to Yankee S...  more »
  • With so many museums in Manhattan, never thought about going to the Bronx for a museum. Were visiting with 2 cousins who were staying up near Columbia, so I researched the Internet and found this muse...  more »
  • Had a great day with my family and friends. My grandson & nephew were involved in various activities & I kept busy listening to cultural music & art . The staff also makes you feel at home. I highly recommend it for families ❤
  • My sister and I went to an event. Parking is not great. Public transit is better. Lots of fun at the museum
  • Free and open to the public. Nice place to check out exhibitions in the Bronx, dark lighting makes it look like it closed but don't let that fool you.
  • Wonderful programs and fascinating exhibits. Truly supports the local community and is a must experience. Super budget-friendly since they have free admission to almost all events and programs. It is a tremendous resource and asset.
  • This is one museum that is a must see. Always have cool event and never have the same displays. I love this museum because it's modern and weird and retro all rolled into one

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