Brooklyn Academy of Music

The Brooklyn Academy of Music affectionately known as BAM is a prominent venue for the latest in performing arts

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The Brooklyn Academy of Music, known simply as BAM, was founded in 1861 making it the oldest centre of performing arts in the United States.

BAM has operated from its present location since 1908 where its venues include the spectacular Howard Gilman Opera House which seats 2100 patrons; the Rose Cinemas, a four screen theatre that is open every day of year; and the popular BAMcafé BAM also operates the 874 seat Harvey Theatre one block north on Fulton Street.

Each year BAM presents in excess of 200 live performances to an annual audience of over ½ million guests. BAM is well known throughout the art world for it's innovative and sometimes controversial performances.

In addition to hosting many live performances, BAM features daily screenings from it's large collection of classics. Visitors to BAM can enjoy a preshow dinner and refreshments at the very popular BAMcafé which also serves up free live music on Friday and Saturday nights from September through June.

Facts For Your Visit

Official Website: Brooklyn Academy of Music

Fee: Yes

Closed Now

Regular Hours:
Hours may be subject to change. Please verify on the official website, especially where Covid restrictions are in effect.

  • Monday: 4:00 pm - 11:30 pm
  • Tuesday: 4:00 pm - 11:30 pm
  • Wednesday: 4:00 pm - 11:30 pm
  • Thursday: 4:00 pm - 11:30 pm
  • Friday: 1:30 pm - 11:30 pm
  • Saturday: 1:30 pm - 11:30 pm
  • Sunday: 1:30 pm - 11:30 pm

Category: Performing Arts Cinema Cafes

Address: 30 Lafayette Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11217

Phone: (718) 636-4100


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5 Star Rating Discovered this little gem that isn't quite so little about 7 years ago I was changing life cycles and figuring out life on my own. At the time Brooklyn... Read More

Sasha B. Mar-17-2019

5 Star Rating Best movie theater hands down.. I'm not talking in Brooklyn but all of NYC. Everything about this theater is on point: from its landmark status to the... Read More

Fawn G. Nov-01-2018

2 Star Rating Purchased two tickets for the special, one night only showing of "Fantastic Fungi". After the long train commute to BK, my friend and I were so excited to... Read More

Martina S. Nov-04-2019

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Subway Line Nearest Station Walking Time
2, 3, 4, 5, B, or QAtlantic Avenue-Barclays Center6 minutes
CLafayette Avenue5 minutes
GFulton Street4 minutes

How to get to Brooklyn Academy of Music by Subway

Take the 2, 3, 4, 5, B, N, R, D or Q train to Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center and depending which exit you take, walk north on 4th Avenue or on Flatbush Avenue to Ashland Place and follow it north to Lafayette Avenue or take the C train to Lafayette Avenue and go west on Fulton Street and a slight left onto Lafayette Avenue or take the G train to Fulton Street and walk west on Lafayette Avenue.

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