Please be advised that the Harbor Defense Museum is currently closed for renovations. Our historic structure is now 187 years old, and we are moving forward with the complex task of replacing its roof and installing a new HVAC system. The project will tentatively be completed by the summer of 2013, and we very much look forward to seeing you then.
During the first half of the 19th century, the United States was compelled
to expand the fortifications protecting its harbors and strategic waterways.
Built between 1825 and 1831, Fort Hamilton became part of the Third
System of Fortifications built throughout New York City. Today, the
Harbor Defense Museum occupies Fort Hamilton’s caponier, a freestanding
bastion located within the fort’s dry moat. Both structures are
on the National Registry of Historic Places.
United States Army weapons, uniforms, small arms, cannons and accoutrements
from 18th century to present.
Military themed art and historical items from Fort Hamilton.
Battle of Brooklyn, Firepower: Infantry Weapons of World War II, In
Defense of New York
Closed for renovations
The museum welcomes large groups for guided tours and has a library
and archive for public use.
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