Top Five Museums in Manhattan's Financial District

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Manhattan’s Financial District features more than today’s economical powerhouses. From the authentic Fraunces Tavern to the fitting Museum of American Finance, take a look at some of the best museums the Financial District has to offer.

#1 Fraunces Tavern

Fraunces Tavern in Manhattan's Financial District

Fraunces Tavern is one of three buildings that witnessed the Revolutionary War that is still standing today. The Museum, founded in 1907, aims to educate the public on the gripping history of colonial New York City. Did you know that New York City was occupied by the British from 1776 to 1783? This natural landmark houses an insightful array of artifacts, giving visitors a one-of-a-kind view into the past. The museum’s most recent exhibit features a detailed presentation of the tumultuous happenings between the 1776 Declaration up until Washington’s famous 1783 farewell address, which occurred in the Long Room of Fraunces Tavern. Upcoming events include An American Crisis, a dramatic retelling on February 28th of the two arduous years following the victory at Yorktown. Fraunces Tavern is just a five minute walk from Downtown by Starck luxury condos. Museum hours are Mon-Sun, 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm.

#2 National Museum of the American Indian

New York City National Museum of the American Indian

Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian offers the public an opportunity to learn about the diverse cultural history of America’s Native people. The museum, located within the historic Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom house, features several fascinating exhibits, such as the expressive Circle of Dance, haunting C.Maxx Steven: House of Memory, and the ongoing Infinity of Nations, which features collections of Native history from their beginnings to the present day. Upcoming events include a feature on the Huichol people of Mexico in Storybooks Readings & Hands-On Activity on February 9th. Museum hours are Mon-Sun, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, Thursdays to 8:00 pm.

#3 9/11 Tribute Center

9/11 Tribute Center in Manhattan

The 9/11 Tribute Center offers visitors a moving opportunity to connect with the 9/11 community and reflect on its personal and historical past. The tribute features a profoundly touching gallery and powerful walking tour for those visiting the World Trade Center site. The truly dynamic exhibits discuss the World Trade Center Community, the attacks and aftermath, those we lost, and the future. One such exhibit, Memories & Meanings: Objects Speak, displays treasured objects that are each anchored to a specific September 11th story and memory. Tribute Center hours are Mon-Sat, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm, Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm.

#4 South Street Seaport Museum

Financial District South Street Seaport Museum

The South Street Seaport Museum is a newly revitalized tribute to the symbiotic relationship of the city and sea. Visitors of the museum have the opportunity to board several ships, all of which give hands-on examples the City’s diverse maritime history. One current exhibit, Timescapes, takes viewers on a 22-minute journey on film, detailing the history of New York from its early days as a settlement, to its present day status as the city we all know. The museum is less than a five minute walk from the luxurious Deco Lofts condos. Museum hours are Mon-Sun, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm.

#5 Museum of American Finance

Museum of American Finance on Wall Street

The Financial District wouldn’t be complete without a museum dedicated to finance. At the Museum of American Finance, visitors are given the opportunity to learn how finance impacts their daily lives. Where did “Wall Street” get its name? Why do traders wear different colored jackets? The museum offers answers to these questions and more. One exhibit, Checks & Balances: Presidents and American Finance, explores the budget issues of five of the nation’s Presidents: George Washington, Andrew Jackson, Abraham Lincoln, Woodrow Wilson, and Franklin D. Roosevelt. Upcoming events include a speech on Money and Payment in Colonial New York by Robert Hoge on February 7th. The museum is located just steps away from the Cipriani Club Residences luxury apartments. Museum hours are Tues-Sat, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm.  

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