Harbor Defense Museum

Official Homepage: www.harbordefensemuseum.com/

Fee: Always free

Sun. 10 AM–2 PM
Mon. 10 AM–4 PM
Tue. 10 AM–4 PM
Wed. 10 AM–4 PM
Thu. 10 AM–4 PM
Fri. 10 AM–4 PM
Sat. Closed
230 Sheridan Loop
Brooklyn, New York 11252
(718) 630-4349

Check the Harbor Defense Museum website for additional hours, special pricing/discounts, and closure dates.


The Harbor Defense Museum (website) is a Museum (Historical) in New York.
Official description from Harbor Defense Museum:
Nestled within the heart of Fort Hamilton in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn—the Harbor Defense Museum’s mission is to preserve the history and evolution of New York City’s coastal defense systems. As the only Army Museum in New York City, the Harbor Defense Museum has acquired a fine collection of military artifacts from the Revolutionary War to World War II. Come explore new exhibits on the Battle of Brooklyn or learn how to load and fire a 19th century cannon.
Wikipedia excerpt:
The Harbor Defense Museum, sometimes called, The Caponier, located within the grounds of Fort Hamilton in the Bay Ridge section of Brooklyn is a 19th century fort, New York City's only military museum and one of only seventy military museums in the United States that is funded and operated by the Defense Department. The Caponier, the given name of the building that now houses the museum, was a flank battery whose mission was to protect the main fortress from rear attacks, was originally a small fort within the larger fort, and now serves as the guardian of Fort Hamilton's history.Robert E. Lee served at Fort Hamilton in the 1840s, when there was only one Army. Because it was used as a warehouse after it was no longer needed for military purposes, it was better preserved than other parts of the fort. While the museum and fort were in danger of closing in the mid 1990s due to budget cuts, it was preserved due to an agreement between the Fort and the United States Army Center of Military History and preservation efforts of the Fort Hamilton Historic Society. The museum continues to serve an educational role in explaining the history of the evolution of New York Harbor.

We don't have any current exhibitions on file, most likely because we're still collecting listings.

In the meantime, check out the Harbor Defense Museum homepage or our exhibitions list for N.Y.-wide exhibits.

Official Harbor Defense Museum Links
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