BHS DUMBO Museum and Waterfront Exhibition

The Brooklyn Historical Society’s new satellite museum, located in the revitalized Empire Stores warehouse, and its inaugural long-term exhibition, Waterfront.

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BHS DUMBO is a museum located within Empire Stores, a 19th-century warehouse converted into a multi-use complex with restaurants, shops, and offices. Facing out to an interior courtyard, the museum is the only cultural institution in the building. Pure+Applied designed the museum’s branding, wayfinding, interiors, and millwork, as well as the gallery’s first long-term exhibition, Waterfront.

Through text panels, graphic images, and interactives (including tactile, mechanical, and digital experiences), the Waterfront exhibition and multimedia experience brings to life the vibrant history of Brooklyn’s coastline through stories of workers, artists, industries, activists, families, neighborhoods, and ecosystems. There is no designated path through the spaces - discreet areas, while interconnected in content, can work independently and be visited in any order. The exhibition blends BHS’s acclaimed approach to historical interpretation with forward-thinking design. The space includes activities for children as young as two years old, along with thought-provoking history for adults.

I served as a senior designer and project manager for this project at Pure+Applied.

Location
Brooklyn, NY

Categories

Architecture, Exhibition, Furniture, Graphics

Year

2018

Client

Brooklyn Historical Society

Designer

Pure+Applied

Landfilling the Shore displays more than 80 archaeological artifacts excavated from the Empire Stores site.

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Brooklyn Bivalves features gilded glass text panels set into a gabion wall filled with oyster shells borrowed from the Billion Oyster Project on Governor’s Island.

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The Walled City explores the industrial waterfront of 19th century Brooklyn.

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Pull-out drawers and panels throughout the exhibition provide a deeper dive into content.

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