Brooklyn Historical Society DUMBO is a new Museum and Gift Shop located in the historic Empire Stores.

Enter at 55 Water St. or through Brooklyn Bridge Park

Museum and Gift Shop Hours
Monday - Friday 12 pm - 6 pm
Saturday and Sunday 10 am - 7 pm


Inaugural Exhibition:
Shifting Perspectives: Photographs of Brooklyn's Waterfront
 May 19 - September 10, 2017
Shifting Perspectives
This exhibition features the work of two dozen photographers whose images crisscross the Brooklyn shoreline, from Newtown Creek to Jamaica Bay. By picturing decades of Brooklyn’s coastal scenery, including its changing industrial and postindustrial environment, the exhibition presents dramatic panoramic vistas, spectacular aerial views, glimpses of popular recreational attractions, from Brooklyn Bridge Park to Coney Island, and other scenes, including those impacted by natural or manmade forces. Learn more about the exhibition and see the full list of photographers here.

Gift Shop
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.

For Families
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.

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