New York City

Harbor Defense Museum

 
The mission of the Harbor Defense Museum of New York City is to collect, preserve, exhibit, and interpret historically significant material related to the history of Fort Hamilton and the seacoast defense in New York. The history museum is located in the garrison’s original masonry fort that is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Other history exhibits focus upon standard infantry weapons of World War II, and the Battle of Brooklyn/Long Island during the American Revolution. The museum is free and welcomes tour groups of all kinds. The material is appropriate for 4th grade and older students. Group tours are limited to no more than 60 individuals, and require reservations.
 
For more info on planning your next class or scout trip, please visit our Facebook page or call 718-630-4349.
 
Contact Info
Address: USAG Fort Hamilton, 230 Sheridan Loop, Brooklyn, NY 11252. Kings County.
Tel: 718-630-4349.
Hrs: Tues.-Fri. 10AM-4PM, Closed Sat,-Mon. & Federal Holidays.
 
SCHOOLS
Students can explore exhibits on the Battle of Brooklyn, coastal defense, and see firsthand old Fort Hamilton.    
 
Contact Info
Contact: Justin M. Batt.
 
Trip Info
Grade Level: 4th-12th.
Group Size: Varies.
Activity Type: Day Trips, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Tours.
Recomm. Length of Visit: 1.5 hours.
Cost: Free.
 
SUPPORTS CLASSROOM LEARNING IN: Social Studies.
Topics Covered: U.S. history, American Revolution, Civil War, army, war, military, and architecture.
 
 
SCOUTS
Scout groups can work on Architecture badges while touring Fort Hamilton. 
 
Contact Info
Contact: Justin M. Batt.
 
Trip Info 
Grade Level: 4th-12th.
Group Size: Varies.
Activity Type: Day Trips, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Tours.
Recomm. Length of Visit: 1.5 hours.
Cost: Free.
 
SUPPORTS SCOUT BADGES IN: Social Studies.
Topics Covered: U.S. history, American Revolution, Civil War, army, war, military, and architecture. 
 
 
HOMESCHOOL
Homeschoolers are welcome to tour Fort Hamilton while learning about how the fort protected NYC during the American Revolution and other battles.
 
Contact Info
Contact: Justin M. Batt.
 
Trip Info
Grade Level: 4th-12th.
Group Size: Varies.
Activity Type: Day Trips, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Tours.
Recomm. Length of Visit: 1.5 hours.
Cost: Free.
 
Topics Covered: U.S. history, American Revolution, Civil War, army, war, military, and architecture.

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