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Observatory

543 Union St., Brooklyn, NY 11215 40.679352 -73.987813
at Nevins St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
718-243-1572 Send to Phone

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  • Type: Galleries, Performing Arts Venues

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Official Website

observatoryroom.org

Hours

Thu-Fri, 3pm-6pm; Sat-Sun, noon-6pm

Nearby Subway Stops

R at Union St.; F, G at Carroll St.

Parking

  • Street Parking

Payment Methods

Cash Only

Profile

A room in a former box factory in Gowanus serves as something of a throwback to the eighteenth-century Age of Enlightenment, a period that valued the marriage of education and entertainment in spaces of “rational amusement.” Founded in 2009 by seven artists and writers from blogs like Morbid Anatomy, the white-walled arts and events space curates shows at the nexus of art, science, history, and nature, resulting in exhibits like the one inspired by HP Lovecraft, with themes of “monsters, madness, and mythos,” and “Entomologia,” a show of insect art. The main draws, however, are the multimedia lectures about subjects ranging from anatomical aberrations to botanical oddities found in the Ice Age bogs of New Jersey to one on a career in animation led by Bob Camp, the co-creator of Ren & Stimpy.

Curios for the Curious

For all your taxidermy and medical artifacts needs, the adjacent Morbid Anatomy Library is available for research purposes, by appointment only. Email morbidanatomy@gmail.com.

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