The Brooklyn Museum is the second-largest art museum in New York City, and one of the largest in the United States.
As one of the premier art institutions in the world, its permanent collection includes more than one-and-a-half million objects, from ancient Egyptian masterpieces to contemporary art, and the art of many other cultures.
Housed in a 560,000 square foot Beaux-Arts building, approximately 500,000 patrons visit the museum each year. Located in Central Brooklyn, the museum is a half-hour from midtown  Manhattan and about 15 minutes from downtown Brooklyn.
The Brooklyn Museum exhibits collections that seek to embody the rich artistic heritage of world cultures. The museum is well-known for its expansive collections of Egyptian and African art, in addition to 17th, 18th, and 19th century paintings, throughout a wide range of schools.
In 2002, the museum purchased the work The Dinner Party by feminist artist Judy Chicago, funded by a gift from The Elizabeth A. Sackler Foundation. Its permanent exhibition began in 2007, in the museum's Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art.
In 2008, curator Edna Russman announced that a third of the Coptic art held in the museum's collection—the second-largest in North America—is fake. Of 30 works of art, Russman believes 10 are faked. The fake artworks will be displayed in an exhibition starting in 2009.
Contemporary artists have also been showcased in various exhibitions, such as the work of Patrick Kelly, Chuck Close, Denis Peterson, Ron Mueck, Takashi Murakami, Kiki Smith, Jim Dine, Robert Rauschenberg, Sylvia Sleigh, and William Wegman.