Brooklyn Historical Society DUMBO is temporarily closed for the installation of our next long-term exhibition. Waterfront opens in 2018!
Opening Winter 2018: Waterfront
This exhibition will explore the interwoven stories of workers, artists, industries, activists, innovators, families, neighborhoods, and ecosystems to tell the global and local history of Brooklyn's waterfront.
Take a piece of Brooklyn home with you!
The BHS Gift Shop features souvenirs crafted by Brooklyn artisans, a fascinting array of books, and eclectic items you can't find anywhere else.
Ask about our self-guided exhibition kits for the littlest museum-goers!
Explore for Yourself
About Empire Stores
Situated in Brooklyn Bridge Park, Empire Stores is one of the few remaining 19th century warehouses that once lined Brooklyn's waterfront. Erected between 1869 and 1885, Empire Stores housed countless tons of coffee, sugar, jute, animal hides, and many other commodities when Brooklyn was one of the largest commercial waterfronts in the world. Redeveloped and reopened in 2017, Empire Stores is now a hub of food, culture, and tech with BHS DUMBO as the sole cultural institution in the complex.
Thank you to the generous donors whose support make Brooklyn Historical Society DUMBO and the upcoming "Waterfront" exhibition possible:
- Office of the Mayor of New York City
- Office of the Brooklyn Borough President
- Empire State Development
Special thanks to Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation