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Federal Hall

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Financial District
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Address: 26 Wall Street, New York City, NY 10005-1996
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+1 212-825-6990
09:00 - 17:00
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Mon - Fri 09:00 - 17:00

Built in 1842 on the site of the first U.S. Capitol, this museum features...

Built in 1842 on the site of the first U.S. Capitol, this museum features items related to George Washington's inauguration, the Bill of Rights and old Federal Hall.

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Great place to show kids our early history

The building is a gem, and the exhiibits are well laid out to interest tweens. They have interactive games that our grandkids have loved enough to want to go back

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Louis G
New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I would definitely recommend taking the tour guide a tour of Federal Hall. It is very well marked and the exhibits are interesting but the tour adds another level to the history of the place.

Thank kmmate
Citrus Heights, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

There is so much to see in this beautiful architectural gem. The first presidential inauguration and the history of the beginning of our country are focal points. Even discounting history, this building is amazing for its architecture. A must-see, it is near Ground Zero and Trinity Church.

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The building is a gem, and the exhiibits are well laid out to interest tweens. They have interactive games that our grandkids have loved enough to want to go back

Thank Louis G
London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Although this is not the original Federal Hall building that was destroyed by fire in the old days, this is still a beautiful classic architecture building with a little museum inside. They also rent the space out for corporate events, you can have a dinner in the main hall for 200+ people and F&B is of good quality.

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Syracuse, New York, United States
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There isn't a rating on Trip Advisor between "Poor" and "Average." There should be because, as this place demonstrates, it deserves a "Fair," not "Poor" rating. Having said that, unless you are a real history buff, I would recommend skipping this place. This is the location where George Washington took the oath of office and was later where the first... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Surprised to see there are so little historical exhibits for a such a historical place but worth spending 30 - 45 minutes. George Washington took oath as the 1st President of United States here.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great history! Such a beautiful building inside and out. And free! Went inside with my Wall Street Experience tour.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017

It can be seen on a guided tour, or you can pick up a booklet to tour the place itself. A small museum, consisting of different rooms. There are 2 rooms that are about the inauguration, and 1 room that tell the history of the building site. And another that looks more like a visitor center, where you can pick... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017

Federal Hall is the site where Washington was inaugurated, although the current building is not the original building. The current building, with its beautiful domed rotunda was an early customs house and later a subtreasury. Items that are well worth seeing include the bible Washington was sworn in on, a replica of his desk, a piece of the stone balcony... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017

This whole experience of seeing all the sights in the financial district is a little anti-climactic. But if you're going down to Wall Street, and walking past the stock exchange, you'll also be right by Federal Hall. It's one of those places you just should see once at some point.

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At the southernmost tip of Manhattan, the Financial District is where New York City began as a center of commerce. Today, the historic streets and beautiful setting are complemented by museums, countless skyscrapers, and the heart of the Financial District, home to Wall Street and the New York Stock Exchange. Catch the Staten Island Ferry for an unbeatable view of the skyline and Statue of Liberty, or sail to Ellis Island to learn about the vital immigrant history of the city.
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