200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, NY 11238, Phone: (718) 638-5000
Brooklyn Museum is definitely one of the best museums in New York. It is relatively small and concentrated, and always provides amazing exhibits. You can easily spend a full day in this museum. The collection is extensive and includes ancient Egyptian pieces as well as modern art. It is easily reachable from Manhattan as it is located right on the subway line.
Brooklyn Museum centers often on Black Culture and Feminism, and doesn’t shy away from controversy. When visiting New York, this is a must go. Closed on Monday & Tuesday. Open Tuesday – Sunday 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.(Thursday till 10 p.m.)
New York Transit Museum
Corner of Boerum Place and Schermerhorn Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201, Phone: (718) 694-1600
The New York Transit Museum is truly amazing. It is located in a real station and that’s just part of the fun, as you enter just like the subway. You will learn a lot about 9/11 and structural issues, but also the development of the system are addressed. You can marvel at great old cars and children are sure to love it as well.
701 Columbia Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231, Phone: (718) 624-4719
The waterfront Museum is just great, and David Sharp does a good show. You can learn all about the waterfront history, and about what it takes to live on a boat. A great way of getting there is taking the free Ikea ferry from Pier 11 (South East Manhattan). Get put at Fairway, and when you get there, walk in the fascinating district of Red Hook.
Coney Island Museum
1208 Surf Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11224, Phone: (718) 372-5159
This a relatively small but great museum located in an old restaurant building. You can see a nice range of relics that picture Coney Island’s rich and varied history in an informative and unpretentious setting. There is also a bar serving local drinks and great food. Be sure to check out the Freak Show! Please check ahead if the museum is open as they also cater to wedding parties and such.
Brooklyn Children’s Museum
145 Brooklyn Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11213, Phone: (718) 735-4400
This museum is designed for kids ages 2 – 10. The place is well-run and clean. Kids are encouraged to participate and this is a great parent experience as well, but don’t expect the museum staff to take care of your kids! Admission fee is $11 each, but kids under 1 get in for free, and don’t forget that on each Thursday admission is free from 2 to 6.