Place Category: Museums and Galleries
The Bronx Museum of the Arts is an internationally recognized cultural destination that presents innovative contemporary art exhibitions and education programs and is committed to promoting cross-cultural dialogues for diverse audiences. Since its founding in 1971, the Museum has played a vital role in the Bronx by helping to make art accessible to the entire community and connecting with local schools, artists, teens, and families through its robust education initiatives and public programs. In celebration of its 40th anniversary, the Museum implemented a universal free admission policy, supporting its mission to make arts experiences available to all audiences.MISSIONThe Bronx Museum of the Arts is a contemporary art museum that connects diverse audiences to the urban experience through its permanent collection, special exhibitions, and education programs. Reflecting the borough’s dynamic communities, the Museum is the crossroad where artists, local residents, national and international visitors meet.HISTORY
In its first decade, The Bronx Museum of the Arts was housed in the public rotunda of the Bronx County Courthouse located on Grand Concourse and 161st Street. In 1982, it moved five blocks north on the Concourse to 165th street into a former synagogue purchased and donated by the City of New York. As part of the Museum’s initiative to expand the scope of its youth and family programs, it began an ambitious capital project to enhance its facility. In February 2004, The Museum began construction on a 16,000 sq. ft. building to the north of the existing facility. Its design by the Miami-based firm Arquitectonica was awarded the “Excellence in Design” prize by The Art Commission of the City of New York in 2003. The $19 million space opened in October 2006 and features a major gallery, flexible events / program spaces, an outdoor terrace, and an entire floor dedicated to education programs and classrooms.
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GETTING HERE BY SUBWAY
D OR B TRAINS to the 167 STREET STATION. Exit at rear of station, walk south along Grand Concourse two blocks.
PLEASE NOTE: D Train stops all times except rush hours peak direction (6:15 am - 9 am to Manhattan, 4 pm - 6:45 pm from Manhattan). Take B Train at 145 St. to 167th St./ Grand Concourse.
4 TRAIN to the 161 STREET/YANKEE STADIUM STATION. Walk east three blocks to the Grand Concourse, then, walk north four blocks along Grand Concourse to 165th St.
Sample travel times from:
59th St/Columbus Circle, NYC: 20 minutes, 5 stops
W 4 St. NYC: 37 minutes: 37 minutes, 10 stops
Atlantic Ave Station, Bklyn: 50 minutes, 13 stops
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GETTING HERE BY BUS
Bx1 or Bx2 to 165th St. and Grand Concourse
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BxM4A / BxM4B Express bus to and from Manhattan
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GETTING HERE BY METRO NORTH RAILROAD
Get off the Hudson Line at Yankees - E. 153 Street Station
Gateway Center Blvd
Bronx, NY 10451
(6 miles to Grand Central Terminal)
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Driving from Manhattan: Take the FDR Drive to Willis Avenue Bridge, stay to your left merge onto the Major Deegan North. Exit at 138th St. and Grand Concourse. Proceed to 165th St. and Grand Concourse.
Or, take Riverside Drive to 155th St., make right onto 155th St. Go straight until you reach the Macombs Dam Bridge. Cross bridge, proceed to 165th St. Turn right onto 165th St. and proceed to Grand Concourse.
Driving from Brooklyn: Take any Manhattan-bound bridge to FDR Drive north. Proceed north to Willis Ave Bridge, stay to your left, merge onto the Major Deegan North. Exit at 138th St. and Grand Concourse. Proceed to 165th St. and Grand Concourse.
Or, Take the Triboro Bridge to the Major Deegan. Exit 138th St. and Grand Concourse. Proceed to 165th St.
Driving from the Cross Bronx Expressway: Take #87/New York State Thruway South (Major Deegan). Exit at 161st St./ Yankee Stadium. Make right off exit ramp. Make a left at light and proceed to 165th St. Turn right onto 165th St. and proceed to Grand Concourse. Parking is available across the street from the Museum at 165th Street between Grand Concourse and Carroll Place.