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Brooklyn Museum

Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays to Saturdays, Sundays from noon to 5 p.m.; closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Entrance free.

This museum is outside Manhattan but well worth I visiting, for two reasons: first, it’s the only one of its kind, and, second, it overlooks Prospect Park where you can spend a very pleasant afternoon if you’re tired of the city. Y ou can get there without too much trouble on the IRT No. 2 or 3 express subway from Times Square. The trip to the nearest station (Eastern Parkway) takes about half an hour.

The pre-Columbian art alone is worth the detour. It’s a comprehensive collection of everything from Eskimo totem poles to Peruvian ponchos and Columbian jewellery, plus absolutely beautiful pieces from every South and Central American civilization.

But the sections devoted to Egyptian, Far Eastern and Persian art are also remarkable.

The costume museum is lovely, and the remaining rooms house a permanent exhibition of American furniture from the time of the first settlers to the present day.

What’s more, you can purchase craft objects here from around the world at unbeatable , y v prices.

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