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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Brooklyn Academy of Music Cafe cc licensed photo by Yusuf C

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

Some attractions may have reduced hours or be closed due to COVID-19. Please verify opening hours with the attraction before visiting.

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Regular Hours:

  • 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


Yelp Rating:
4 out of 5 4 Star Rating
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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

3 Star Rating I'd come back. It reminded me of how movie theaters used to be. Popcorn, seating, it was definitely refreshing to know there are places like this that still... Read More

Jessica M. Nov-16-2019

5 Star Rating Always enjoy going to BAM and sitting in the historic theater. It is very comfortable and so worth it to try the IDNYC membership & then renew. Read More

Deirdre L. Nov-16-2019

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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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