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Brooklyn, New York City 

Museums & Galleries

Fort Hamilton 


The Harbor Defense Museum at Fort Hamilton is the only military museum in New York City funded by the U.S. Department of Defense. The museum is situated within the grounds of Fort Hamilton at the base (on the Brooklyn side) of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, linking Brooklyn with Staten Island. Named after Alexander Hamilton, Fort Hamilton was built in 1831 as an army fort and is one of the oldest forts still garrisoned by the United States military.

Harbor Defense Museum, Brooklyn (New York City)
Fort Hamilton by Harbor Defense Museum

The Harbor Defense Museum is a small museum but has an interesting collection of military artifacts including old photographs, uniforms, accessories, maps, and weaponry ranging from small arms to cannons that once defended the fort. However, Fort Hamilton never experience any battle and therefore the cannons were never used. There is also an exhibit of a secret tunnel that once connected the fort with another military base about half a mile (one kilometer) away.

Fort Hamilton Park, Brooklyn (New York City)
Fort Hamilton Park by GK tramrunner229

Entrance to Fort Hamilton and the Harbor Defense Museum is near the Fort Hamilton Parkway at the base of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. At the entrance, tell the military guard your intentions to visit the museum and the guard will direct you. Entrance into the museum is free and exhibits are devoted to military history from the time of the American Revolution to the Second World War. There is also a gift shop selling museum related items such as books, photos, and souvenirs.

Location: 230 Sheridan Loop, Fort Hamilton Military Community, Brooklyn, New York, NY 11252-5701

Website: Harbor Defense Museum

Tel (general info): 718-630-4349/4306


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