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Brooklyn Children's Museum

The BCM was the nation's first children's museum when it opened its doors in 1899. With a permanent collection of 30,000 items, including musical instruments, masks, dolls, and fossils, it is now one of the most extensive. Interactive displays like "World Brooklyn," a miniature town dotted with makeshift shops where kids can weigh materials and knead pretend dough at the Mexican Bakery, or shop for cans of Indian ghee and Turkish candies at the International Grocery, let kids have fun while learning.

The Brooklyn Children's Museum (BCM) was established in 1899 and was the first children's museum in the world. It is the largest family-friendly cultural organization in New York City. BCM, which is proudly situated in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, NY area, provides exhibits and activities that are rooted in the visual arts, music and performance, natural science, and other cultures to 300,000 kids and caregivers each year. The Brooklyn Children's Museum develops experiences that spark curiosity, celebrate identity, and foster happy learning, drawing inspiration from the vibrancy and variety of our city.

The museum was formerly a component of the 1823-founded Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences. The Children's Museum operated in two Victorian homes for over 70 years until moving into a structure in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, in 1977. It excels in natural history, environmental science, the arts, and cultural history.

This museum is a great location to spend the day as a family since it has an impressive, family-friendly collection of cultural items and specimens from natural history, as well as live plants and animals and award-winning displays.

The Brooklyn Children's Museum sought to increase its capacity in order to better serve a rising number of children and families, and it also desired a new public face that would boost the local neighborhood's vibrancy. In response, Rafael Violy Architects designed a building that stands out from its surroundings in both color and physical shape while also being hospitable and respectful of the museum's existing built environment. The new building's architecture is captivating and kid-friendly, and its sparkling envelope of yellow ceramic tiles has become a prominent attraction in Crown Heights, an area known for its low-rise buildings. The structure itself is interesting. The outside is a tiled, dazzlingly bright building that touches the sky. A colorful selection of displays is located within.

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