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A Year-Long Bash for Brooklyn Museum's 200th

The museum unveiled its new programming, exhibitions and initiatives ahead of its 200th birthday.
Brooklyn Museum. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

In celebration of its 200th anniversary later this year, the Brooklyn Museum is hosting a year-long series of programming, exhibitions, and initiatives to commemorate the milestone.

The lineup aims to reinterpret the museum’s collection in new ways and highlight the museum’s commitment to Brooklyn and its artists, according to a release. 

The festivities will kick off on October 4 with the Brooklyn Artists Exhibition, a major group show that places a spotlight on local artists. There will also be a significant reinstallation of the American Art galleries, foregrounding Black feminist and BIPOC perspectives on American art history.

On October 5, the museum will throw itself a Birthday Bash, featuring activities, performances, and vendors from across the borough.

After the party, the museum will continue its fall plans with a new immersive exhibition that explores how gold affected art history, fashion, and global culture (opening November 15).

Heading into 2025, the museum will unveil an exhibition of new gifts added to the museum’s collection, an installation that explores the building’s history and collection items.

The new year will also see the launch of Museum on Wheels, a social impact initiative that brings a mobile bus to different communities throughout the borough, providing interactive art and education experiences to each area it goes.  

In addition to celebrating its past, the Brooklyn Museum said that it will also share upcoming plans that will “define its future” throughout the year, including an expanded shop, revamped website, more energy-efficient building plans, and more. 

“The Brooklyn Museum is a cornerstone of the city’s culture,” said Barbara M. Vogelstein, chairman of the Brooklyn Museum’s Board of Trustees. “For 200 years, we have brought people together to engage in the dynamic energy of Brooklyn and all that the borough represents, from creativity to innovation to community. Our next chapter will build on our strengths as we continue to champion art that awakens, provokes, and inspires.”