Federal Hall
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Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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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Address
Neighbourhood: Downtown Manhattan (Downtown)
How to get there
  • Broad St • 2 min walk
  • Wall St • 2 min walk
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  • Jack
    Old Bethpage, New York2,339 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must visit!
    Federal Hall is a must see! It is the place where George Washington became inaugurated as the first President of the United States. It is a stunning hall and almost acts as a museum. I highly recommend!
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written November 19, 2023
  • Kevin B
    Mount Juliet, Tennessee3,621 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting history!
    This was a nice stop on our trip to the city. We had never been to Federal Hall, but we knew that it was where Washington was inaugurated for his 1st term. It turns out that the original federalist style building was actually demolished and the current structure dates back to the mid 1800s when this was the Custom House of NY. There is a lot of interesting history here and the current building has nice architecture. The ranger here was also very nice and we enjoyed being able to stop here and learn more about the history of this building and the area.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written January 30, 2024
  • Farwriter
    London, United Kingdom134 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Free history!
    I was staying near Federal Hall on a recent trip to New York so was exploring the local area. Pleased to find this beautiful classical building open at 10am daily and free to enter. It is on Wall Street but the entrance is tucked round the back and it was very quiet when I visited. A few exhibition rooms have displays about Washington, who was sworn in as president in a building on this site, and there are models of the previous buildings which stood here. The central rotunda and its domed ceiling is very impressive. In the 1860s it was used as a sub treasury so there is a small display about this too.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written February 22, 2024
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Farwriter
London, UK134 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
I was staying near Federal Hall on a recent trip to New York so was exploring the local area. Pleased to find this beautiful classical building open at 10am daily and free to enter. It is on Wall Street but the entrance is tucked round the back and it was very quiet when I visited. A few exhibition rooms have displays about Washington, who was sworn in as president in a building on this site, and there are models of the previous buildings which stood here. The central rotunda and its domed ceiling is very impressive. In the 1860s it was used as a sub treasury so there is a small display about this too.
Written February 22, 2024
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Kevin B
Mount Juliet, TN3,621 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
This was a nice stop on our trip to the city. We had never been to Federal Hall, but we knew that it was where Washington was inaugurated for his 1st term. It turns out that the original federalist style building was actually demolished and the current structure dates back to the mid 1800s when this was the Custom House of NY. There is a lot of interesting history here and the current building has nice architecture. The ranger here was also very nice and we enjoyed being able to stop here and learn more about the history of this building and the area.
Written January 30, 2024
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Jack
Old Bethpage, NY2,339 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
Federal Hall is a must see! It is the place where George Washington became inaugurated as the first President of the United States. It is a stunning hall and almost acts as a museum. I highly recommend!
Written November 19, 2023
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Dawn S
Lowville, NY111 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
First time in this part of NYC but we are history buffs and loved visiting. We walk d from 9/11 Memorial and Oculus to make sure we could visit. No charge but there is scaffolding to fix the roof.
Written April 12, 2023
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Rebecca O
Ridgewood, NY1,804 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
Went when it reopened to the public after COVID. We were first visitors. Some parts still closed. It’s free so a nice place to tour.
Written January 18, 2023
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Josh D
New York City, NY851 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Solo
I once took a class called AP US Government and Politics and I happened to enjoy it!! I then got a 1 on the AP which was one of the worst scores I have every gotten!! I made a joke a while ago that I am not a very political guy due to the massive failure on my exam but I still wanted to vote!! I happen to think Abraham Lincoln is my favorite president and he reminds me of Eminem!! I went here to see the white haired first president of the thirteen colonies recently freed from the nation of Great Britain!! That is a history study guide but it was an exhibit of George Washington!! I thought it was very interesting but it took so much money to get in!! It was a grand total of $0.00!! It was very good for being free and had a lot of info!!
Written December 17, 2022
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Elize
Boston, MA15 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
The indoor space seemed to be fully reopened but the outside still had scaffolding when I visited. The rotunda is beautiful but the museum itself is much smaller than expected and signage not as well done as other NPS sites. Overall, a very clean and historically significant location.
Written November 16, 2022
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ChicksWiggle
Trowbridge, UK81 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
This was a must see when visiting the financial district however there isn't as much on display as hoped for.
Written August 28, 2022
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Jonathan C.
La Jolla, California, USA510 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
Small National Park Service site that houses the spot where George Washington was inaugurated as the first president of the United States. Lots of internal and external construction, but you can still go inside and take a look around.
Written August 5, 2022
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phvi2617
Anaheim, CA580 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
This is certainly a nice building to visit, but there's not a whole lot to see right now. The main museum area is under construction, so there are only a few posters about the history of the site. I was only there about 10 minutes.
Written July 23, 2022
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