Toy Drive at the Brooklyn Museum, 2020. Organized by the Brooklyn Museum, NYC Council Majority Leader Laurie A. Cumbo, Spliff Star and Busta Rhymes’s F.O.O.D. Foundation with Grandma’s Hands, and Vulcan Society. Photo: Laval Bryant-Quigley.

Virtual and in-person programming welcomes community members to the Museum for the holiday season

The Brooklyn Museum presents a robust lineup of programming for adults and children this winter, including our Holiday Market offering handmade items from local artisans for the holiday season and the return of the second annual Holiday Toy Drive. Other programs include talks, classes, tours, and special events that amplify the Museum’s exhibitions and collection, serve the surrounding community, and support learning through the visual arts.

All visitors to the Museum’s in-person programs who are 12 and older must show proof of vaccination and a valid I.D. Masks are required, regardless of vaccination status, for all adults and children over the age of 2, in accordance with procedures and guidelines laid out by the CDC and local health officials. Some programs will take place online and through the Museum’s social media channels.

Museum Members enjoy complimentary or discounted tickets and early access to public programs.

The full schedule is as follows:

Holiday Toy Drive Donation Drop-off
Wednesdays–Sundays through December 17, 11 am–6 pm

Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Pavilion and Lobby, 1st Floor

Spread love the Brooklyn way at our second annual Holiday Toy Drive. The Museum is partnering with New York City Council Majority Leader Laurie Cumbo, F.O.O.D. Foundation, Congress members Yvette Clarke and Hakeem Jeffries, the Vulcan Society, and Grandma’s Hands to distribute toys to families in need and bring a sense of joy to our beloved community this holiday season. Participants can drop off new, unwrapped toys for children ages 0–14 in the Museum’s lobby during open hours.

Holiday Market
Sunday, December 5, 12, and 19, 12–6 pm

Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Pavilion, 1st Floor

Stop by our Holiday Market to shop one-of-a-kind, handmade items from local artisans and vendors. This special indoor holiday market features more than twenty vendors offering artwork, jewelry, fashion, home and apothecary goods, and more. A live DJ and carolers will also perform on-site to help spread holiday cheer.

Stroller Tour
Thursday, December 9, 10–11:15 am

Meet in the Education Gallery, 1st Floor
Tickets are $29.

Enjoy an interactive, stroller-friendly tour for our youngest museumgoers and their caregivers. Designed for children up to 24 months in age, this baby-friendly program features touchable objects, songs, exploration of artworks on view, and an opportunity to connect with other adults. December’s tour will visit Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams.

Hablemos de Arte
Thursday, December 9, 6:30–7:30 pm

Meet in the Rubin Lobby, 1st Floor
Free, reserve tickets in advance.

Join us for an informal conversation in Spanish, inspired by a work of art, and practice your language skills by exchanging ideas with other participants. All levels of Spanish proficiency are welcome.

Salsa Party
Thursday, December 9, 6–9:30 pm

Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Pavilion, 1st Floor
Free, reserve tickets in advance.

Our season of salsa continues with social dancing and performances by Balmir Dance Society. The evening starts with a class led by professional dancers at 6 pm, then the dance floor opens up with live music and performances by Brooklyn’s best Latin dance teams.

Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra: New York Celebration
Sunday, December 12, 6–7:30 pm

Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Auditorium, 3rd Floor
Advance tickets are $20, same-day tickets are $25 at the door.

The Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra presents a celebration of New York City composers. The evening begins with selections from Leonard Bernstein’s iconic musical On The Town, followed by works from two Brooklyn composers: Aaron Copland’s “Quiet City” and Michael Viens’s “Hummingbirds.” The program concludes with Philip Glass’s Concerto for Saxophone Quartet and Orchestra, featuring a guest performance by members of the MANA Quartet.

Art History Happy Hour: Warhol and Wine
Thursday, December 16, 6–7:30 and 8–9:30 pm

The Norm Restaurant, 1st Floor, and Morris A. and Meyer Schapiro Wing, 4th Floor
Tickets are $45 and include four wine tastings, small bites, and special after-hours admission to Andy Warhol: Revelation.

Expand your knowledge of Andy Warhol’s Pop art with a special after-hours curator talk with curator Carmen Hermo and a wine tasting featuring selections by Marquis Williams of Highly Recommended, a Brooklyn-based, members-only wine club. Explore the ways that Warhol mixed Pop art and Catholicism, from portraits of celebrities to appropriated Renaissance masterpieces, while you indulge in wine pairings inspired by Warhol’s artistic practice and relationship to his faith. Then, visit the galleries for an exclusive after-hours viewing of Andy Warhol: Revelation.

Artist’s Eye: Stephen Jones on Christian Dior
Sunday, January 9, 2–3 pm

Beaux-Arts Court, 3rd Floor
Tickets are $25 and include admission to Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams.

Milliner Stephen Jones leads a walkthrough of Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams in the latest edition of Artist’s Eye, our series of intimate, in-gallery talks by contemporary artists that engage our special exhibitions with fresh perspectives. Jones’s radical approach toward hat design has attracted celebrity clients from Princess Diana and Rihanna to Mick Jagger and Lady Gaga, and he is currently collaborating with Christian Dior. In this tour, Jones discusses a selection of Dior’s beguiling and cutting-edge hats, as well as his experience building his distinctive brand.

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