New York, New York Guide (A): Museums of Lower Manhattan

Museums of Lower Manhattan
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New York City is famed for its museums and some of the best exhibits are housed downtown. With “Museums of Lower Manhattan”, you’ll see NYC in a new light. Visit sights that were significant in the birth of America, where George Washington delivered speeches and US Treasury secured its gold.

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Guide Name: Museums of Lower Manhattan
Guide Location: USA » New York
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (A))
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 4.0 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.3 km
Sight(s) featured in this guide: New York City Fire Museum   Tribute World Trade Center Visitor Center   Federal Hall National Memorial   Museum of American Finance   New York City Police Museum   Fraunces Tavern   American Indian Museum   Skyscraper Museum  
Author: Melissa Ruttanai
Author Bio: An avid traveler, Melissa Ruttanai has visited over 25 countries and lived in both Japan and Thailand. Her travel articles have been published by Trazzler.com and On Holiday Magazine. She currently lives with her husband in New York.
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New York City Fire Museum

1) New York City Fire Museum

Located in a renovated 1904 firehouse, the New York City Fire Museum tells the story of New York’s Bravest. Artwork and artifacts offer visitors a glimpse into the past when horses pulled fire engines and oil lamps guided the way through the night. The permanent collection includes antique trucks, helmets and tools as well as maps and memorabilia. Retired FDNY lead exhibit tours and answer questions. Visit the largest indoor 9/11 memorial for the FDNY. 343 shields create a wall of honor,...
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Tribute World Trade Center Visitor Center

2) Tribute World Trade Center Visitor Center

With its dedication to “Person to Person History”, the Tribute WTC Visitor Center welcomes over 300,000 visitors a year with stories and personal accounts of the tragedies of September 11th. The complex is a centralized place for information, where people can come to remember and reflect about those who were lost and those who rose above the strife to serve the community. Five galleries include: the Community Remembers, Events of 9/11, Rescue & Recovery, Tributes to the Victims, and...
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Federal Hall National Memorial

3) Federal Hall National Memorial

Through the early history of this country, Federal Hall has played a key role. In 1788, the US Constitution was ratified, making NYC the first capital of the United States of America. George Washington took his oath of office on Wall Street. And in the 18th century, it served as City Hall. Then after the establishment of the US as an independent nation, the building housed the Congress, Supreme Court, and the Executive Branch. Once the capital moved to Philadelphia, Federal Hall became a Customs...
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Museum of American Finance

4) Museum of American Finance

A beautiful spiral staircase is the centerpiece of the main hall of galleries at the Museum of American Finance. Focused on the financial history of America, the museum promotes a better understanding of financial markets and the nation’s economy. Exhibits include: the History of Money, Banking in America, Entrepreneurs, The Financial Market, the Credit Crisis, and the Hamilton Legacy. Alexander Hamilton was the first secretary of the Treasury and laid the foundation for a capitalistic system...
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New York City Police Museum

5) New York City Police Museum

Preserving the history of one of the largest and most famous police services, the New York City Police Museum houses artifacts from as far back as the days of Dutch settlement. Located in the building of NYPD’s First Precinct, the station was completed in 1911 and serviced lower Manhattan for several decades until reorganization moved the offices uptown. With the facilities restored, the collection spans three floors and includes photographs, radios, motorbikes, and a jail cell. A new Junior...
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Fraunces Tavern

6) Fraunces Tavern

In 1762, the private residence of Stephan Delancy was bought and transformed into Fraunces Tavern, one of lower Manhattan’s most popular public houses. Constructed in 1719, the building is best known for wartime activities that took place within its walls. In its collection, weapons, documents, relics, and artwork tell the story of growing colonial unrest and the revolution that severed British control over America. At the dawn of American autonomy, the tavern rented space to the Department of...
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American Indian Museum

7) American Indian Museum

Housed in the historic Alexander Hamilton US Customs House, the American Indian Museum is dedicated to representing the diversity of the Americas. Catalogued at over 250,000 objects, the collection embodies the cultures of over 1200 indigenous peoples. Wander the exhibits to view beadwork, weaponry, featherwork, and painted hides. Learn about Sitting Bull, Geronimo and Standing Bear. The museum showcases religious, artistic, and historical relics from the Plains to the Plateau and from Canada...
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Skyscraper Museum

8) Skyscraper Museum

“The Skyscaper Museum celebrates the city’s rich architectural heritage and examines the historical forces and individuals who shaped its successive skylines.” At the museum, curators and staff consider each of the city’s high-rises as contributing elements to Manhattan’s personality as well as its past, present, and future. From the Trump Towers to the Empire State Building to the Freedom Tower, these buildings are historical markers that commemorate eras in the city’s long life....
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