Beautiful New York

A Celebration of the City

The Top 100 Greatest NYC Buildings — #60

Brooklyn Museum

Architect: McKim, Mead & White
Style: Beaux Arts
Use: Museum
Opened: 1897
Borough: Brooklyn

Opened in the advent of the Great Consolidation, Brooklyn’s monument to artistic culture is often overlooked, but shouldn’t be. The original beaux arts façade decorated with Daniel Chester French statues marries starkly yet seamlessly with its more modern glass lobby entrance and whimsical fountain. The hodgepodge is a perfect welcome to a brilliantly offbeat art collection, including one of the world’s greatest Egyptology exhibits, an exquisite Japanese collection, and a healthy representation of American art.


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