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Brooklyn Museum The Highlights
The Brooklyn Museum is New York City's third largest in physical size and holds an art collection with roughly 1.5 million works. Located near the Prospect Heights, Crown Heights, Flatbush, and Park Slope neighborhoods of Brooklyn and founded in 1895, the Beaux-Arts building, designed by renowned architects McKim, Mead, and White, was originally planned to be the largest art museum in the world! Daniel Chester French, the noted sculptor of the Lincoln Memorial, was the principal designer of the pediment sculptures and the monolithic 12.5-foot figures along the cornice. French also designed the two allegorical figures Brooklyn and Manhattan currently flanking the museum's entrance, created in 1916 for the Brooklyn approach to the Manhattan Bridge, relocated to the museum in 1963.
Significant areas of the collection include antiquities, especially their collection of Egyptian antiquities spanning over 3,000 years. European, African, Oceanic, and Japanese art make for notable antiquities collections as well. American art is heavily represented, starting at the Colonial period. Artists represented in the collection include Mark Rothko, Edward Hopper, Norman Rockwell, Winslow Homer and Georgia O'Keeffe. The museum also has a "Memorial Sculpture Garden" which features salvaged architectural elements from throughout New York City. If you’re looking for diversity, the Brooklyn Museum is the place to go. Since the museum is located next to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, visitors can purchase discounted passes that allow you to tour both in the same day.
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