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Brooklyn Museum of Art: Collections

Research access guide for the Brooklyn Museum of Art.

General Information

Facility: Brooklyn Museum
Address: 200 Eastern Parkway
Brooklyn, New York 11238
Phone: (718) 638-5000
Email: email
Hours: Hours of Operation

About the museum:

Founded in 1823, the Brooklyn Museum is considered one of the largest museums in America, and one of the premier art institutions in the world. Its collections touch on a wide range of cultures from around the world, including East Asia.

The museum has exceptional online databases of some 800 past exhibitions and an extraordinary database on Japanese woodblock prints focused on Hiroshige's 100 Famous Views of Edo, with guides to reading woodblock prints and background on the process of creation.  It is an exceptional educational tool for teachers and researchers alike.

For more information concerning the Japanese collections, please contact the museum at (718) 638-5000 or by email.

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Summary of Collections

Collection size: as of November 2014

The Brooklyn Museum's collections include over 100,000 objects. Of these, approximately 10,000 belong to their Asian art collection. Of these, the museum estimates 8,000 objects are Japanese in origin, forming the largest area of the museum's Asian collections. China, Korea, India, Southeast Asia, and the Himalayas are also represented.

Japanese objects in the museum's collections date from the Jōmon period to the present day, with a wide array of mediums.


Online catalog:


A digital collection of approximately 800 exhibitions, including photographs of the installations, press releases, and date and collection information.

All 118 prints from Hiroshige's famous, mid-nineteenth century woodblock prints, digitized and available for viewing and research online. Also includes biographical information on Hiroshige and historical, contextual information about the time in which he lived.

How to Use the Facility

Using the Collections

The museum is open to the public during their regular hours, with admission price set as a suggested donation amount. Their library catalog is also online and freely available for research purposes.

Image Services

Images from the Brooklyn Museum's website are available for non-commercial use according to their copyright policy. And commercial uses must be licensed by the museum. For more information, please visit their Image Services webpage.

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