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Brooklyn Children's Museum

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The first museum in the world created specifically for children

Place Details

Borough : Brooklyn
Neighborhood : Crown Heights
Institution, Highlights in Central Brooklyn, Recreation, Historic Site & Museum

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In 1999 the Brooklyn Children's Museum (BCM) celebrated its centennial. One hundred years earlier it opened as the first museum in the world designed specifically for children. Internationally, its creation spurred development of children's museums around the world. At a local level, it has always played a central role in the Crown Heights neighborhood, which has long valued the resources offered by the museum and the importance of having a world-class institution in its midst.

The Brooklyn Children's Museum was originally housed in two 19th century mansions, an Italianate villa built for the L.C. Smith family and the William Newton Adams residence. Once part of an elaborate complex of grand homes and gardens known as Bedford Park, these properties were eventually sold to the city, which in turn offered them to the Brooklyn Institute of Arts of Sciences to create the world's first children's museum. Anna Billings Gallup, a botanist...

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Brooklyn Daily Eagle. "Brooklyn Children's Museum Announces $35 Million Capital Expansion Project." October 9, 2001.

Daily News. "Iron Ball Bouncing Down Museum." June 6, 1967.

Daily News. "Break Ground Tomorrow for Kids' Museum." June 12, 1972.

DeWolf Tullock, Margaret. Brooklyn Children's Museum: What We Do and How We Do It. Brooklyn: Brooklyn Children's Museum, 1953.

McLoughlin, Maurice E. "Children's Museum Once Home of Rich." Brooklyn Daily Eagle, October 15, 1930.

Museum News. "Coming Up Taller at the Museum." May/June, 2003.

Sader, Edwin. "Bedford Fights Plans to Shift Child Museum." Daily Mirror, Ocotober 14, 1962.

Tolchin, Martin. "Negroes Opposed to Moving of Children's Museum." New York Times, October 9, 1964.

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Nominated through the Central Brooklyn Community Focus project.

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