Brooklyn Historical Society DUMBO is temporarily closed for the installation of our next long-term exhibition. Waterfront opens in January 2018!

Waterfront 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.

Our DUMBO Gift Shop is open with a special sale during special hours!

BHS DUMBO Gift ShopEvery Saturday and Sunday through November 12, 11 am-5 pm, take advantage of a sale with up to 35% off all items.

The BHS DUMBO Gift Shop features souvenirs crafted by Brooklyn artisans, a fascinting array of books, and eclectic items you can't find anywhere else.



BHS DUMBO is located in the Empire Stores in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Enter at 55 Water Street or through the park.

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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.

Empire Stores

Thank you to the generous donors whose support make Brooklyn Historical Society DUMBO and the upcoming "Waterfront" exhibition possible:

Major Supporters
DUMBO Major Supporters
- Office of the Mayor of New York City
- Office of the Brooklyn Borough President
- Empire State Development

Generous Benefactors
DUMBO Generous Benefactors
DUMBO Champions

Special thanks to Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation