BHS DUMBO Museum and Waterfront Exhibition
Architecture, Exhibition, Furniture, Graphic Design
Brooklyn Historical Society
Landfilling the Shore displays more than 80 archaeological artifacts excavated from the Empire Stores site.
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.
"An Unfree Waterfront" highlights the stories of enslaved Brooklynites through the lens of three different kinds of documents – a painting, a slave bill of sale, and an account book.
In "A Laboring Family," visitors learn the story of one dockworker, Michael Harkins, and his family as they get a glimpse into how historians piece together the lives of the less-documented working class.
Factory Women honors the women who worked in waterfront factories in the 19th and 20th centuries and contributed to Brooklyn’s booming economy despite inequality in pay and the prejudice they faced.
The Walled City explores the industrial waterfront of 19th century Brooklyn, with an 1879 Currier & Ives lithograph of Brooklyn as its focal point.
Pure+Applied also designed the custom millwork for the museum, including the visitor services desk and gift shop.
Pull-out drawers and panels throughout the exhibition provide a deeper dive into content.
LED signage set in a custom redrawn version of a 19th-century Clarendon typeface directs visitors to the museum entrance.