Museums: In this elegant Beaux Arts building in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn's biggest museum (and New York's second-largest) has ample exhibition space for a permanent collection that includes Egyptian antiquities, African and Asian art, American decorative pieces and contemporary photography and performance art. The museum also screens films, hosts readings and has a popular program for schools in the area. Want to follow up a few hours of learning with an afternoon outside? You're in luck. Museum passes also include same-day admission to the adjacent Brooklyn Botanic Garden, which spans 52 acres and includes 200 cherry trees, a Japanese koi pond and the Cranfeld Rose Garden. 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, NY. 718-368-5000
Art Museums: The second largest museum in New York, the Brooklyn Museum boasts some 1.5 million pieces of artwork. The first floor features a fine collection of African art. The second floor houses Asian art, with items from China, Korea and various other Asian countries. One of the finest collections of Egyptian art in the world can be found on the third floor, while the fourth floor presents material from the museum's collection of American decorative arts. The fifth floor presents a collection of American paintings and sculpture, with related items from the Spanish Colonial, Decorative Arts, and Native American holdings. In addition to the unparalleled art exhibits, visitors may see shows, view film screenings, sit in on readings, or listen to live musical performances. TRAIN: 2, 3 to Eastern Parkway
Local Expert Emily Saladino Says:
Museums: "A family affair, the Brooklyn Museum has a partnership with local high schools through which teenagers can earn positions to give gallery tours and plan teen-focused events."
Best for Museums Because: New York City's second-largest museum, this Brooklyn behemoth holds some 1.5 million pieces of artwork.