Brooklyn Museum

Lonely Planet review

This encyclopedic museum is housed in a five-story, 560,000-sq-ft beaux arts building designed by McKim, Mead & White. Construction on the building began in the early 1890s (when Brooklyn was still independent) and the intention had been to make it the largest single-site museum in the world. But the plan lost steam in 1898, when Brooklyn was incorporated into New York. Today, the building houses more than 1.5 million objects, including ancient artifacts, 19th century period rooms, and sculptures and painting from across several centuries. The museum offers a great alternative to the packed-to-the-gills institutions in Manhattan. And the modern plaza out front is a good place to hang out when it’s sunny.

Admission is free on the first Saturday of every month after 5pm.