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Harbor Defense Museum – United States

The museum is dedicated to the history and evolution of New York City's harbor defenses, beginning with the construction of the earliest earthen forts and concluding with the Nike missile era. As they approach the museum, visitors are greeted by a number of visual reminders of Fort Hamilton's critical role in the defense of New York harbor. Just outside the fort's main gate is the largest smoothbore, muzzle-loading coastal defense gun ever built in the United States. Fort Hamilton's 20-inch Rodman gun was first tested in 1864, and could fire a 1,080 pound projectile 4.6 miles. An exhibit within the museum details Lt. Col. Rodman's career, and the development of the guns that bare his name. Adjacent to the visitors' center is a 12-inch gun, reminiscent of the largest ordnance ever mounted at Fort Hamilton. Nearby Cannon Walk, which leads to the museum, features a collection of ordnance from the Second World War. Artifacts, models, images and dioramas detailing New York's harbor defenses are located throughout the museum. Among the artifacts on display is an original Pattern 1844, 24-pounder flank howitzer, ordnance models of the primary artillery pieces that defended the harbor, and a representative collection of the projectiles they fired. Other displays include an operating mutoscope, which provides rare moving images of Endicott period disappearing guns and supporting mortars, a variety of uniforms worn by New York National Guard units that were assigned to Fort Hamilton, and an M1883 Gatling gun. The museum also contains a collection of shoulder arms employed by the US Army since the Revolutionary War. These weapons range from a French M1763 Charleville musket, imported for use by the Continental Army, to today's M16A1 rifle. A unique collection of over forty military miniatures stands nearby. The miniatures, which depict local troops beginning with the Burgher Guard of New Amsterdam and concluding with the forces currently stationed at Fort Hamilton, are considered to be among the finest in any American military museum. A short walk from the museum is the Narrows' overlook, a scenic location that has been designated as part of New York State's Revolutionary War Heritage Trail. In August 1776 British forces landed nearby in preparation for the Battle of Brooklyn. The traill is currently under development, and when completed will employ detailed signage describing local events and their impact upon the course of the Revolutionary War.

Practical Information

Address: 230 Sheridan Loop Fort Hamilton, Brooklyn, NY, 11252-5710

State: New York

Phone 1: 718-630-4349

Official site: http://www.harbordefensemuseum.com

Opening hours: Mon-Fri 10-4

More info: Programs and Services: Temporary exhibits, periodic lectures and presentations, classroom facilities (seating 30), reference library and archives (by appointment only), school and group tours welcome (reservations required).

Main theme(s): military, american, maritime, 20th, century, history, world, war, two, 18th, 19th, architecture, civil, local history, revolutionary

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Harbor Defense Museum – United States

The museum is dedicated to the history and evolution of New York City's harbor defenses, beginning with the construction of the earliest earthen forts and concluding with the Nike missile era. As they approach the museum, visitors are greeted by a number of visual reminders of Fort Hamilton's critical role in the defense of New York harbor. Just outside the fort's main gate is the largest smoothbore, muzzle-loading coastal defense gun ever built in the United States. Fort Hamilton's 20-inch Rodman gun was first tested in 1864, and could fire a 1,080 pound projectile 4.6 miles. An exhibit within the museum details Lt. Col. Rodman's career, and the development of the guns that bare his name. Adjacent to the visitors' center is a 12-inch gun, reminiscent of the largest ordnance ever mounted at Fort Hamilton. Nearby Cannon Walk, which leads to the museum, features a collection of ordnance from the Second World War. Artifacts, models, images and dioramas detailing New York's harbor defenses are located throughout the museum. Among the artifacts on display is an original Pattern 1844, 24-pounder flank howitzer, ordnance models of the primary artillery pieces that defended the harbor, and a representative collection of the projectiles they fired. Other displays include an operating mutoscope, which provides rare moving images of Endicott period disappearing guns and supporting mortars, a variety of uniforms worn by New York National Guard units that were assigned to Fort Hamilton, and an M1883 Gatling gun. The museum also contains a collection of shoulder arms employed by the US Army since the Revolutionary War. These weapons range from a French M1763 Charleville musket, imported for use by the Continental Army, to today's M16A1 rifle. A unique collection of over forty military miniatures stands nearby. The miniatures, which depict local troops beginning with the Burgher Guard of New Amsterdam and concluding with the forces currently stationed at Fort Hamilton, are considered to be among the finest in any American military museum. A short walk from the museum is the Narrows' overlook, a scenic location that has been designated as part of New York State's Revolutionary War Heritage Trail. In August 1776 British forces landed nearby in preparation for the Battle of Brooklyn. The traill is currently under development, and when completed will employ detailed signage describing local events and their impact upon the course of the Revolutionary War.

Harbor Defense Museum – United States

The museum is dedicated to the history and evolution of New York City's harbor defenses, beginning with the construction of the earliest earthen forts and concluding with the Nike missile era. As they approach the museum, visitors are greeted by a number of visual reminders of Fort Hamilton's critical role in the defense of New York harbor. Just outside the fort's main gate is the largest smoothbore, muzzle-loading coastal defense gun ever built in the United States. Fort Hamilton's 20-inch Rodman gun was first tested in 1864, and could fire a 1,080 pound projectile 4.6 miles. An exhibit within the museum details Lt. Col. Rodman's career, and the development of the guns that bare his name. Adjacent to the visitors' center is a 12-inch gun, reminiscent of the largest ordnance ever mounted at Fort Hamilton. Nearby Cannon Walk, which leads to the museum, features a collection of ordnance from the Second World War. Artifacts, models, images and dioramas detailing New York's harbor defenses are located throughout the museum. Among the artifacts on display is an original Pattern 1844, 24-pounder flank howitzer, ordnance models of the primary artillery pieces that defended the harbor, and a representative collection of the projectiles they fired. Other displays include an operating mutoscope, which provides rare moving images of Endicott period disappearing guns and supporting mortars, a variety of uniforms worn by New York National Guard units that were assigned to Fort Hamilton, and an M1883 Gatling gun. The museum also contains a collection of shoulder arms employed by the US Army since the Revolutionary War. These weapons range from a French M1763 Charleville musket, imported for use by the Continental Army, to today's M16A1 rifle. A unique collection of over forty military miniatures stands nearby. The miniatures, which depict local troops beginning with the Burgher Guard of New Amsterdam and concluding with the forces currently stationed at Fort Hamilton, are considered to be among the finest in any American military museum. A short walk from the museum is the Narrows' overlook, a scenic location that has been designated as part of New York State's Revolutionary War Heritage Trail. In August 1776 British forces landed nearby in preparation for the Battle of Brooklyn. The traill is currently under development, and when completed will employ detailed signage describing local events and their impact upon the course of the Revolutionary War.

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