From Bumper Cars to Torah Taxidermy: A Guide to 25 of Brooklyn’s Most Unusual Museums
Brooklyn Magazine, December 28, 2015
Excerpted from Brooklyn Magazine; available in full at http://www.bkmag.com/2015/12/28/from-bumper-cars-to-torah-taxidermy-a-guide-to-25-of-brooklyns-most-unusual-museums/
With Channukah and Christmas firmly behind us and New Year’s Eve looming on the horizon, the next few days represent a glorious opportunity to get a lot of outside time. Lots of offices are closed [Ed. note: But never fear, the Internet is always open] and many relatives are still in town, so it’s a marvelous time for really getting out into this amazing borough of ours—not to mention these crazily, unreasonably warm temps we’re having. Museums are the perfect daytime exploration activity, but instead of heading to the (admittedly fabulous!) Brooklyn Museum for the umpteenth time, why no go a little farther afield? We’re excited to present 25 unusual and beguiling lesser-known Brooklyn museums, homes for everything from vintage Coney Island bumper cars to anthropomorphic taxidermy specimens to 4,000-year-old cuneiform tablets. And we’re presenting them in alphabetical order, because why not?
This all-volunteer nonprofit boasts an impressive collection of the ephemera of social movements, such as posters, flyers, zines, photographs, T-shirts and buttons, and audio and video recordings. The museum has mounted 16 exhibits since it opened in 2011, from a graphic-art archive of Mexico’s Zapatistas to a multimedia exhibition of cultural materials produced by incarcerated people and their allies, which sought to “fundamentally recast the history of the prison-industrial complex.”
131 8th Street, #4, Gowanus