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Brooklyn Children's Museum, Brooklyn

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Children’s Museum
Brooklyn Children's Museum, the oldest children's museum in the world and the first and only "green" museum in New York City, has been offering educational and fun experiences to families for over 110 years. As an international model for museum and community programs, Brooklyn Children's Museum offers interactive learning adventures through hands-on exhibitions, multicultural performances, creative workshops and an extensive collection of cultural artifacts and natural science specimens. Situated in the heart of Crown Heights, Brooklyn, with beautiful Brower Park as its backyard, Brooklyn Children's Museum welcomes over 250,000 visitors a year and reaches another 500,000 annually through its national touring exhibitions.
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  • We visited New York in March 2017 for a family wedding. Honestly, we found New York painful to visit with small children and this museum was definitely a highlight for them. There is plenty of stuff t...  more »
  • My grandchild and I spent 3 hours here and probably could of stayed longer. He had a great time. Lots to do for kids. I would not realy call this a museum, found the place more like a big indoor playg...  more »
  • Given that we stayed in Brooklyn during our latest trip to NYC, we decided to try something closer for the kids. This place has such good reviews that honestly, I expected way more. The museum is real...  more »
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  • This museum is great for kids, it's educational and fun to learn. The staffs are friendly and helpful sometimes. Great place for kids to learn about plants. Overall great museum and the 2nd level has a quick grab and go so if you or your kids are hungry good sandwiches.
  • Great! Newly renovated. Interesting presentations about animals and plants. Roof top concerts for children. Children, teens and adults can help with the maintainance of the butterfly garden in Brower Park. It's a stopping point where monarch butterflies can rest, eat and lay eggs on their migration path from Canada to South America. You can find out more inside the museum. They give great concerts on the roof as well.
  • been here a few times to let my son run around and play. he loves the little toddler area as it has a water play area, a sand area, and small slide. he loves it. also came here for a korean exhibition and that was amazing seeing the performers and for my son to play around with the different korean musical instruments.
  • Wow, I'm the 166th reviewer of the first museum in the U.S., if not the entire word, dedicated to children. Hey adults have fun learning things here too. This is a wonderful institution, but I do have some construction criticism. First, the architecture of the building itself. It doesn't fit in with the aesthetic of the neighborhood. And although there are so many incredible exhibits here, they could reduce the number of them in favor of making more room for the visitors. This place is immensely popular and successful, but it gets so crowded. For example, they should quadruple the size of the water play area and eliminate the reading area altogether. That's what libraries are for. I'm just saying is all -- you've got kids packed into the main attractions and then these other areas that are almost empty. So why not lose the areas that are underutilized in favor of the areas that are?
  • Very disappointed! Like some reviewers have mentioned, it's run down and too expensive. It was $22 and not worth the money. If your child is older than 12 months, you have to pay an $11 entry fee for them too. Unruly school kids running everywhere. I took my toddler to the art room which opened 30 minutes late, and the project was not age-appropriate (a Frida Kahlo self-portrait for a 22 month old). The staff was hit and miss. The guys in the cafe were very friendly. The lady letting the toddlers in was rude, didn't greet nor smile return a smile to us. Don't waste your money. There are many other things to do in the city (Prospect Park Zoo--$8 and kids under 2, free) Hopefully this museum will put some of the money from the high entry fees to improving it.