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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  • August 15, 2017
    I love that they show local artists. Most of the events are low cost or free. There always is a revolving bar.  more »
  • July 6, 2017
    Small and tidy little museum. few art workout no much to see. I liked the cafe by the entrance where you can get a free wifi as well. It makes a nice little stop before you head back to Manhatton  more »
  • May 13, 2017
    Great little museum in the Bronx! There was a high school student exhibit which was great, as there are a lot of very talented young people. The Cuban Exhibit was interesting, no admission fee and ver...  more »
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  • June 2, 2017
    The Bronx Museum a little bit of heaven where a community that has seen its trials and tribulations showcase it's people. The flavor of people's lives are home here. Those of African descent, Asian, and Latino grace and dominate the landscape. Yes it is a the beauty of life that makes BxMA so outstandingly beautiful. Enjoy!
  • June 24, 2017
    Excellent, thought-provoking art in the current exhibit of Cuban artists. The space is not very big but well laid out. Free admission, well worth a visit!
  • May 5, 2017
    This was my first visit with my son. A bit small but unique. We enjoyed all the different versions of art the museum had on display. The staff was very friendly and helpful.
  • June 7, 2017
    Art was good. Admission was a great deal. Got lucky with parking. Beverage at cafe was expensive and not made properly.
  • June 15, 2017
    It's not only Museum it's also a place where Community can have events to let the community know what's going on the community loved it

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