Exhibitions: Decorative Arts Galleries and Period Rooms

Jan Martense Schenck House: exterior and interior

Jan Martense Schenck House, Flatlands, Brooklyn, circa 1675-76. Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Atlantic and Pacific Company, 50.192mn


Long-Term Installation

Decorative Arts Galleries, 4th Floor

Our decorative arts collection is housed on our fourth floor. The focus of the collection is a group of twenty-three complete American period rooms ranging in date from the seventeenth century to the twentieth century. In order to preserve these premier examples of American architecture and interior design, the rooms were disassembled and moved from their original locations up and down the East Coast, then reassembled and furnished for display in our galleries.

Interspersed with the period rooms are galleries that display an outstanding collection of American and European decorative arts. Additional objects from the decorative arts collection are on display on the fifth floor in American Identities and the Luce Visible Storage ▪ Study Center.


See the adjacent Period Rooms.

John D. Rockefeller House: Moorish Smoking Room


Blog posts

Playing House: Working with Artists : In the exhibition Playing House four artists, Betty Woodman, Ann Chu, Ann Agee and Mary Lucier, install their own artwork into read more...
Calling Rapaljes, Rapeljes, Raplees and all descendants! : Get ready for some surprising encounters when you visit the Brooklyn Museum’s beloved period rooms this February, when several of read more...
All Geared Up for a Timely Repair : For 19th-Century Modern, which opened last month, the conservation department undertook the cleaning and stabilization of many objects, among them read more...
Take a seat... : Starting on December 2nd, that's exactly what you'll be able to do in the Museum's Fourth Floor Schenck Gallery—in a read more...
Italian Design on Display : Newly on view on our 4th floor: Italian Post-World War II Design The Brooklyn Museum has been at the forefront read more...
The Schenck Houses – their story through the Museum Library and Archives : Drawing by Daniel M. C. Hopping. From the book American interiors, 1675-1885: a guide to the American period rooms in the read more...
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Gallery Tour: "A Highlights Tour"

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Join a Museum Guide for a free tour of highlights of the installation.

Gallery Tour: "Two Dutch Houses: Meet the Schencks"

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Join a Museum Guide for a free tour of our early Dutch houses on view.