New York draws millions of visitors every year who come to visit its world class museums, but the vast majority of them don’t venture beyond the borough of Manhattan. That’s a shame, because Brooklyn offers a veritable treasure trove of art and culture to those willing to cross the East River. If you’re ready for some outer-borough beauty, grab your friends and head to the Brooklyn Museum, whose 1.5 million work art collection puts it second only to the Metropolitan Museum in terms of size and scope. The fine art begins as you behold the majestic building itself, an 1895 Beaux Arts masterpiece that added a dramatic new entrance and public plaza in 2004. Head inside and ooh and aah over the wide range of exhibits, from ancient Egyptian artifacts to European paintings by such masters as Renoir and Monet. Before you leave, get some fresh air while you wander through the Steinberg Family Sculpture Garden, discussing your favorites with your pals while surrounded by plants and statues. If the thought of coming to a museum after dark has ever interested you, check out First Saturdays at the museum, where live music and dancing add a festive element to the masterpieces on display.