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

African Burial Ground National Monument, part 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 the past 20 years. 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 museum – 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 AFB 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 Helpers of the Secret Annex, a newly designed exhibition focusing on the brave individuals who provided food, clothes, medicine, and entertainment to Anne Frank and the seven other people hiding in The Secret Annex. Originally envisioned by The Anne Frank House in Amsterdam, the exhibit is making its North American premiere at the Center, giving American visitors a rare chance to learn this vital history upfront.


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 Defining Lines: Maps from the 1700s and Early 1800s and Lafayette, featuring artifacts relating to the Revolutionary War hero, Marquis de Lafayette.

Special Programming
Historical Balladeer Linda Russell & The Tricorne Dance Ensemble will provide music and dance presentations throughout the evening in the Flag Gallery.

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. Exhibits include Legal Tender, which consists of flag paintings on silk depicting US paper currency from 1862 to the present; 100 Years, 100 Objects, which features 100 objects and stories from the Federal Reserve System; and Federal Reserve Bank of New York, highlighting the special role of this institution within the Federal Reserve System.

Special Programming
Free tours until 7:30 P.M. on the half hour 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 are: Designing Home: Jews and Midcentury Modernism; Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals 1933-1945; and A Town Known as Auschwitz: The Life and Death of a Jewish Community. Other features of the Museum include Voices of Liberty, a soundscape of inspiring stories of immigration in a gallery with a spectacular view of the Statue of Liberty. Andy Goldsworthy's Garden of Stones, an outdoor contemplative space, is his only permanent installation in New York City.

Special Programming
Guided tours on the hour from 4 to 7 P.M. of the Core Exhibition and Designing Home: Jews and Midcentury Modernism. Klezmer music in the lobby from 4 to 8 P.M. performed by Alicia Svigals, the world's foremost klezmer fiddler and a founder of the Grammy-winning Klezmatics. Two talks by Dr. Erik Jensen of Miami University in conjunction with the special exhibition Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals 1933-1945 at 4 P.M. and 6 P.M.


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

Connect with history in the National Archives' Learning Center to discover and uncover the many national treasures of New York. You can go on an Archival Adventure and pull archival facsimile treasures off the shelves. At the Welcome Center, view famous signatures and other original records. Begin your journey into family history research/genealogy in the Research Center by exploring immigrant arrivals (including Ellis Island), Federal census and naturalization (citizenship) records, plus so much more.

Special Programming
See the traveling exhibition of What's Cooking Uncle Sam: The Government's Effect on the American Diet (2nd floor Rotunda), and participate in family activities in the Learning Center (3rd floor).


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


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
Special tours will be offered of the Museum’s permanent collection, Infinity of Nations, as well as the celebrated exhibitions Glittering World: Navajo Jewelry of the Yazzie Family and Cerámica de los Ancestros: Central America’s Past Revealed from 4 to 7 P.M. An educaitonal craft activity station will be available for kids. A screening of the feature film, Indian Relay, about competing in the Indian Relay National Championships, will take place at 6 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 close, 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.* *Distribution time subject to change.

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
Join a one-hour walking tour of the 9/11 Memorial led by FDNY, NYPD, survivors, and 9/11 Family Members to understand 9/11 and the recovery, at 4 P.M., 5 P.M., and 6 P.M. Registration preferred at or limited availability at the door.


NYC Municipal Archives Visitors Center
31 Chambers Street, Suite 112
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
The Unbuilt City is a special exhibit for one night only. The Downtown Civic Center in Lower Manhattan was a project that was years in the planning yet never built. Artist renderings, building designs, and architectural plans will be on view.

Note: The Center will close at 7 P.M.


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
See an exhibition of Walt Whitman materials and enjoy a poetry scavenger hunt.
For the 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.


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 Ten Tops, which surveys skyscrapers with 100+ stories around the world today.

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 and ships to provide interactive exhibits, education, and experiences.

Special Programming

Schermerhorn Row Tours | 5:30 P.M. & 6:45 P.M. | Visitor Service Center at 12 Fulton Street – includes a new exhibit co-curated with photographer Barbara Mensch

Waterfront Tours | 6:30 P.M. & 7:15 P.M. | Pier 16 – South Street at the foot of Burling Slip

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


Wall Street Walks Reserve your tour in advance—see details below.
Tour Meeting Point : 55 and 57 Wall Street Between William and Hanover Streets


Wall Street Walks 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.

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301 South End Avenue, corner of Albany Street

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90 Washington Street, corner of Rector Street

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Merchants River House
220 Liberty Street, near South End Avenue

Pound and Pence
55 Liberty Street, corner of Nassau Street

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301 South End Avenue, corner of Albany Street

Watermark Bar
Pier 15 / 78 South Street


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