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Brooklyn, NY 11220
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Arts & Museums
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
As the name suggests, the Harbor Defense Museum preserves the rich history of the city’s coastal defense. One of the seventy museums in the country that is operated by the Defense Department, this museum is located in the immense Fort Hamilton in Brooklyn. Among its rich collection, which spans the Revolutionary War and the Second World War, visitors will find US Army uniforms, weapons, cannons, and also art which has the military as its focus and theme. A good opportunity to get better acquainted with the extensive military history of the country, a visit here will be educational and informative. See the website for more information.
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.
Situated on the 4th floor of the Brooklyn Museum, the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art is an education and exhibition facility dedicated to feminist art. The center was established as a means to shedding light on the influence of feminism in terms of its cultural contributions and also to present feminism in an approachable and relevant manner. The center also includes a gallery dedicated to The Dinner Party; a gallery space for a regular exhibition schedule of feminist art, a study area with the best computer technology and also additional space for related public and educational programs.
Since the Brooklyn Museum opened in 1897, it has been one of the highlights of the city's cultural map. The exhibits are located in a building designed by architect Stanford White. Choose from among Pacific, African and New World art, Asian art, Egyptian and ancient Middle Eastern art. Also see the vast collection of decorative art, European, American and contemporary painting and sculpture. The collection of Egyptian art is vast, and the American section includes pieces by masters Thomas Eakins and John Singer Sargent. This place is a must-visit for those who are interested in historical art.
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.
Take the opportunity to view this exciting on-going exhibit on the world's most famous Ferry Line.
This 120-year-old museum of two million objects manages to thoroughly cover the themes of art, science, history and conservation. The Natural Science Collection is especially interesting for bug lovers, as it includes 500,000 insects and 300,000 beetles. The art collection focuses on Staten Island talent, but also includes work by internationally renowned artists like Marc Chagall and Robert Henri. The museum also houses a library, a conservation center and a wildlife refuge.