Description

Fort Hamilton, the earliest fortification built on New York Harbor, today serves as a U.S. Army museum. The exhibition space is in the caponier, or flank battery, a wedge-shaped, granite-and-brick structure that retains its original 19th-century sod roof and whitewashed walls. Construction began in 1825, and though the structure has undergone several modifications over the years, as weaponry advanced and urban growth crowded its position, the landward side of the fort still retains its original character and the caponier is virtually untouched.

Displays tell of the generations of guns, mines, airplanes and missiles that have protected the harbor from seaward invasion. Collections on display include U.S. Army uniforms, accoutrements and equipment, edged weapons, small arms, cannon and munitions from 1800 to present. Models, dioramas and miniatures of New York soldiers through history are also on display. A self-guided tour of the fort takes about 90 minutes.

Programs for Seniors
Senior groups are welcome.

Families

A self-guided tour of the fort and related sites in the surrounding neighborhood takes about 90 minutes.

School/Groups

A self-guided tour of the fort and related sites in the surrounding neighborhood takes about 90 minutes.