For more than 150 years the Brooklyn Academy of Music—known to locals as BAM—has been showcasing the best of avant garde film, dance, theater and drama in a classic urban setting. More than a half a million people enter BAM’s doors each year and bear witness to cutting edge shows that take place on its main stage. Accessible practice rooms also provide space for locals and visitors alike to take master classes from some of the top performers to make their way to the Brooklyn borough.
Comprised of three separate buildings, the impressive Peter Jay Sharp Building on Lafayette Avenue serves as BAM’s home base. It is home to a 2,000-seat opera house, the Rose Cinemas playhouse, the BAM ballroom and the Hillman Attic Studio. Nearby Harvey Theater is also one of BAM’s prized buildings, with an 874-seat theater. In addition to a constantly evolving catalogue of performances, BAM hosts annual events like the Next Wave Festival, which showcases up-and-coming and diverse performances, as well as the African Dance Festival, which draws dance troupes from across the globe to the Brooklyn stage.
BAM is accessible by subway using the C, 2, 3, 4, 5, B, D, N, or Q lines. Hours are dependent on venue and event.