African Burial Ground National Monument
290 Broadway
Between Duane and Reade Streets

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..

Special Programming
Tour the visitor center, rangers will be on hand to answer questions and make periodic presentations. View the film Our Time At Last, which details the history of the African Burial Ground from its creation through its rediscovery to its designation as a national park.


The Anne Frank Center USA
44 Park Place
At the corner of Church Street

The Anne Frank Center USA, a partner of the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam, educates and inspires visitors through the diary, spirit, and legacy of Anne Frank. A permanent exhibition enables visitors to learn about Anne's world in hiding and her incredible optimism despite the chaos that was around her. Also on display are facsimiles of her famous diary, family photos, and other artifacts from the Holocaust.

Special Programming
See the documentary film “The Short Life of Anne Frank” every half hour from 4pm to 7.30pm.


China Institute
100 Washington Street Between Carlisle and Rector Streets 212.744.8181

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. This September, China Institute will be celebrating its 90th anniversary at its new Downtown headquarters and opening its inaugural exhibition: Art in a Time of Chaos: Masterworks from Six Dynasties China, 3rd-6th Centuries.

Special Programming
Enjoy ice cream from Chinatown Ice Cream Factory, Jianbing street food with Mr. Bing, live music featuring the Stephanie Chou Trio and MusicDish China Presents Ji, Yui, and Nagi, and more. *In case of rain, enter at 40 Rector Street.


Federal Hall National Memorial
26 Wall Street
Cross Streets: Wall and Broad St where Broad becomes Nassau

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.

Special Programming
National Park Service Ranger-led tours will be offered on the hour from 4 to 7 P.M. First 100 visitors will receive a reproduction of the Bill of Rights.


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


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.

Special Programming
Enjoy colonial music and dance presentations provided by historical Balladeer Linda Russell and The Tricorne Dance Ensemble. Kids can dress up in colonial costume and take home a souvenir photo.


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

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 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

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.

The Museum’s most current exhibit, Worth Its Weight: Gold from the Ground Up, captivates visitors with the many spectacular and unexpected ways gold has influenced our lives – from science and technology to entertainment and pop culture to finance and economics. The exhibit features hundreds of unique and rare objects from more than 40 public and private collections including the Smithsonian Institution, the Tiffany & Co. Archives and the Degussa Collection, as well as the work of jewelry designer Marla Aaron and world renowned jewelry artist Sidney Mobell, who transforms everyday items into dazzling gold and jeweled artworks.

Special Programming
Tours at 5 P.M., 6 P.M., and 7 P.M. with a limit of 20 people per tour.


Museum of Jewish Heritage — A Living Memorial to the Holocaust
36 Battery Place
Cross Street: 1st Place

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. Special exhibitions on view are: Stitching History From the Holocaust, which explores the true story of talent lost, and Seeking Justice: The Leo Frank Case Revisited, a thought-provoking exhibition about the people and events that have sparked more than a century of debate. Andy Goldsworthy's Garden of Stones, an outdoor contemplative space, is his only permanent installation in New York City.

Special Programming
Guided tours of the Core Exhibition on the hour from 4 to 7 P.M.

Music presented as part of Make Music New York

4:00-5:30 DK and the Joy Machine (Irish dulcimer)

5:45-6:30 Eugene Marlow’s Heritage Ensemble
Melding the rhythms of Jazz, Hebraic, Afro-Caribbean and Brazilian musical cultures
Eugene Marlow, Leader/Piano; Bobby Sanabria, Drums; Michael Hashim, Saxophone; Frank Wagner, Bass; Matthew Gonzalez, Percussion


National Archives at New York City
One Bowling Green
Cross Streets: Whitehall and State Street, across from Battery Park

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.

Special Programming

Meet Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson (historic reenactors) and witness these famous founding fathers debate our nation’s principles.


National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution
One Bowling Green
Between Whitehall and State Street

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.

Special Programming
Tours will be offered on the hour from 5 P.M. to 7 P.M. of the Museum’s collections, Infinity of Nations, Unbound: Narrative Art of the Plains, and the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House Building.

Tours in Spanish of Cerámica de los Ancestros: Central America’s Past Revealed will take place at 6 P.M. and 7 P.M.

Children can also partake in fun and educational activities celebrating Native Cultures of the Great Plains from 4 P.M. to 8 P.M.


National September 11 Memorial Museum
180 Greenwich Street

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

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.

Special Programming
Volunteer Guides will speak to visitors about the events of September 11th as well as their personal experiences every half-hour between 4:30 P.M. and 6:30 P.M.


NYC Municipal Archives
31 Chambers Street
Between Centre and Elk Streets

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.

Special Programming
See the special exhibition Little Syria, NY: An Immigrant Community’s Life and Legacy, which documents a neighborhood on Manhattan’s lower west side that was home to one of the largest and earliest communities of Arab Americans in the nation. Developed by the Arab American National Museum, the exhibition documents the history and the impact of this important community. The exhibition is supplemented by records from the Municipal Archives and coincides with a display of photographs by Mike Appleton. Enjoy live music throughout the evening in the lobby.

Music presented as part of Make Music New York

5:45 P.M.-6:30 P.M. Epyllion (Arabic/Middle Eastern/Folk)
6:30 P.M.-8 P.M. Hejira (Arabic/Middle Eastern/Jazz)


Poets House
10 River Terrace
At the corner of Murray Street

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.

Special Programming
View paintings from a special exhibition, Metamorphosis: The Collaboration of Poet Barbara Guest & Artist Fay Lansner. Participate in literary scavenger hunt: visitors will be given popular poems with several words missing and will have to find the poems in books in Poets House’s extensive library. The first person to correctly complete three poems will receive a free, one-year membership to Poets House. Everyone who fills in at least one poem correctly will get a special Haiku pencil, curated by poet Robert Hass. At 7 P.M., hear readings from the new anthology, The Collected Works of Adrienne Rich.


The Skyscraper Museum
39 Battery Place
Cross Street: 1st Place

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.

Special Programming
5 P.M. A Curator's Tour with founding director Carol Willis of the Museum's special exhibition Garden City | Mega City.

South Street Seaport Museum
South Street Seaport

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.

Special Programming

Free Admission to Exhibition Street of Ships: The Port and Its People
4.-8 P.M. | Main museum building, 12 Fulton Street

Waterfront History Walking Tour (1-hour duration)
(Registration Required) | 4:30 P.M. & 6:30 P.M.
Pier 16, South Street at the foot of Burling Slip

Live Demonstrations at Bowne Co. Stationers and Printers
4 -8 P.M. | 209-211 Water Street



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