The Brooklyn Museum holds a comprehensive permanent collection that includes ancient Egyptian masterpieces, African art, European painting, decorative arts, period rooms, , and contemporary and feminist art. The collection also includes American art, Classical and Ancient Near Eastern art, and art of the Pacific Islands.
The Museum mounts exhibitions of traditional and historical works, as well as today's most important artists and artistic practices and ideas.
When first built by the prestigious New York firm of McKim, Mead and White in 1897, it occupied 450,000 sq.ft. on Brooklyn's Grand Army Plaza. It was designed as the largest cultural edifice in the world, and if it had been finished to its original specifications it would have surpassed even the Louvre in size and grandeur. Whether or not you go, Brooklyn Museum of Art provides a fitting celebration of the past, present and the future of the Brooklyn Museum of Art. The museum holds more than one-and-a-half million objects of art, from ancient to contemporary. With representative collections of almost every culture, it has particularly strong holdings of ancient Egyptian and 19th-and 20th-century American art.
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