African Burial Ground National Monument
290 Broadway
Between Duane and Reade Streets
212.637.2019
www.nps.gov/afbg

African Burial Ground National Monument, a unit of the National Park Service, is the first national monument dedicated to Africans of early New York and Americans of African descent. It began use in the 17th or 18th century, but was only rediscovered in 1991. The story is both of the Africans whose holy place this was, but also the story of the modern day New Yorkers who fought to honor these ancestors..

 

China Institute
100 Washington Street Between Carlisle and Rector Streets 212.744.8181
www.ChinaInstitute.org

Founded in 1926, China Institute is committed to advancing a deeper understanding of China through programs in education, culture, business, and art in the belief that cross-cultural understanding strengthens the global community.

 

Federal Hall National Memorial
26 Wall Street
Cross Streets: Wall and Broad St where Broad becomes Nassau
212.825.6990
www.nps.gov/feha

At 26 Wall Street, George Washington took the oath of office as our first President, and this site was home to the first Congress, Supreme Court, and Executive Branch offices. The current structure, a Customs House, later served as part of the US Sub-Treasury. Now, Federal Hall National Memorial serves as a museum and memorial to our first President and the beginnings of the United States of America.

 

Fraunces Tavern® Museum
54 Pearl Street
At the corner of Broad Street

212.425.1778
www.frauncestavernmuseum.org

Fraunces Tavern Museum is the only museum in Manhattan that focuses on the Colonial Era, the Revolutionary War, and the Early Republic. It houses the Long Room, the site where General George Washington bid farewell to his officers and where many government offices began. Discover just how important New York City was during the birth of our nation within the 8 galleries. Exhibitions include Dunsmore: Illustrating the American Revolutionary War, and Lafayette, featuring artifacts relating to the Revolutionary War hero, Marquis de Lafayette.

Lower Manhattan Tours
Reserve your tour in advance – see details below.
Tour Meeting Point: 55 and 57 Wall Street Between William and Hanover Streets
212.666.0175
www.LowerManhattanTours.com

Lower Manhattan Tours takes visitors through the historic capital of world finance: the one-square-mile of downtown Manhattan known as "Wall Street". Visitors learn about people, places, and events comprising over 200 years of history, as they walk among locations where it all happened.

Special Programming

Mini-Walking Tours (half-hour duration)

  • Tours depart every 30 minutes, from 4 P.M. to 7.30 P.M.
  • Tours meet in front of 55 & 57 Wall Street and end at one of the museums or historic sites participating in Night at the Museums.
  • Book in advance at www.LowerManhattanTours.com Tours are limited to 60 people per time slot and will fill up quickly.

 

Museum of American Finance
48 Wall Street
At the corner of William Street
212.908.4110
www.MoAF.org

The Museum of American Finance features permanent exhibits on the financial markets, Alexander Hamilton as the architect of the US financial system, and a newly-renovated exhibit on US currency - America in Circulation featuring hundreds of beautiful examples of American money, with touch screen stations to explore them in detail.

 

Museum of Jewish Heritage — A Living Memorial to the Holocaust
36 Battery Place
Cross Street: 1st Place
646.437.4202
www.mjhnyc.org

Explore modern Jewish history, life, and culture in the Museum's unique Core Exhibition and special exhibitions, where you can learn about the broad tapestry of Jewish life in the 20th and 21st centuries through first-person histories and personal objects – before, during, and after the Holocaust. Andy Goldsworthy's Garden of Stones, an outdoor contemplative space, is his only permanent installation in New York City.

 

National Archives at New York City
One Bowling Green
Cross Streets: Whitehall and State Street, across from Battery Park
866.840.1752
www.archives.gov/nyc

Connect with history and discover the many national treasures of New York. Begin your journey into family history research/genealogy in the Research Center by examining immigrant arrivals (including Ellis Island), Federal census and naturalization (citizenship) records, plus so much more. The Learning Center offers “Amending America” activities and "Archival Adventures." In the Welcome Center, view select original documents that explore the Bill of Rights, constitutional amendments, and instances in which American citizens have sought to amend the Constitution to attain greater rights and freedoms.

 

National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution
One Bowling Green
Between Whitehall and State Street
212.514.3700
AmericanIndian.si.edu

Exhibitions and programs present the cultural diversity of the Native peoples of the Americas, from the Arctic Circle to the southern tip of Patagonia. The Museum is located within the historic Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House, one of the most splendid Beaux-Arts buildings in New York, across the street from Battery Park.

 

National September 11 Memorial Museum
180 Greenwich Street
212.312.8800
www.911memorial.org

The National September 11 Memorial Museum is the country's principal institution concerned with exploring the implications of the events of 9/11, documenting the impact of those events and exploring 9/11's continuing significance. The Museum displays artifacts associated with the events of 9/11, while presenting stories of loss and recovery.

Special Programming
Free admission is from 5 P.M. to 8 P.M., with the last admission two hours prior to closing. Tickets are not available in advance and are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis at the Museum starting at 4 P.M.

9/11 Tribute Center
120 Liberty Street
Cross Streets: Trinity and Greenwich
212.393.9160
www.tributewtc.org

Created by the September 11th Families Association, the 9/11 Tribute Center offers visitors a place where they can connect with people from the 9/11 community including survivors, family members, rescuers and first responders. Visitors learn about 9/11 through personal stories told by those who were there. From tragedy to survival to rebuilding, the visit connects people to the unforgettable experiences of our community.

 

NYC Municipal Archives
31 Chambers Street
Between Centre and Elk Streets
212-788-8609
www.nyc.gov/records

The Municipal Archives, located in a stunning Beaux Arts building, holds New York City Government's historical records beginning with documents deeding land to the Lady Deborah Moody in 1645. The remarkable archives include early maps of the City, drawings for the Brooklyn Bridge, designs for Central Park, and other municipal records. Exhibits located in the Visitor Center showcase various thematic collections.

 

Poets House
10 River Terrace
At the corner of Murray Street
212.431.7920
www.poetshouse.org

Everyone can find something in the wide and varied tradition of verse that speaks directly to them at this national poetry library and literary center. Peruse the 60,000-volume poetry library and see exhibitions that focus on the physical and visual expression of poetry.

 

The Skyscraper Museum
39 Battery Place
Cross Street: 1st Place
212.968.1961
www.skyscraper.org

Located in the world's first and foremost vertical metropolis, The Skyscraper Museum celebrates New York City's rich architectural heritage and examines the historical forces and individuals that have shaped its successive skylines. Through exhibitions, programs and publications, the Museum explores tall buildings as objects of design, products of technology, sites of construction, investments in real estate, and places of work and residence.

South Street Seaport Museum
South Street Seaport
212.748.8600
www.southstreetseaportmuseum.org

South Street Seaport Museum is a cultural institution dedicated to telling the story of the rise of New York as a port city and its critical role in the development of the United States. The Museum uses its historic buildings, unique art collection, and ships to provide educational experiences and interactive exhibits, including Street of Ships: The Port and Its People.