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Federal Hall

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Address: 26 Wall St, New York City, NY 10005-1996
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+1 212-825-6990
09:00 - 17:00
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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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Beautiful inside and out

When there is a million huge towering building this was the exact opposite. It did feel like a big but in presence. You can't outdo history and the outside of the building is... read more

Reviewed 20 October 2016
Hillsboro, Oregon
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Hillsboro, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 144 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 October 2016

When there is a million huge towering building this was the exact opposite. It did feel like a big but in presence. You can't outdo history and the outside of the building is building. The stairs are a really common place for people to sit and watch others. The inside was never really crowded but very very beautiful. The bathrooms... More 

1 Thank EvaLady
Rochester, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 939 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 October 2016

We only stopped by here to oggle the outside view. What a gorgeous sight! The architecture on this building is really worth the stop. Located right across the street from the NY Stock Exchange building, the building is a massive, column-front edifice with all the workmanship of the structures built around the time that our country was still in its... More 

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Sayville, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 October 2016 via mobile

From some of my past reviews, you'll realize that I'm a amongst other things... a history buff. The original Federal Hall is where George Washington was sworn in as our first President of the United States ... in retrospect..given this year's choices I wish I was back in 1789. Regardless, Federal Hall is still in the same location on Wall... More 

1 Thank Steve T
Whittier, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 October 2016

I never knew George Washington signed the Declaration of Independence here. Federal Hall National Memorial is a sight to see, having stood here since 1700. What a historical piece of concrete still standing amongst the giant buildings of NYC. One can only imagine what NYC looked like back then.

Thank P G
Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan, Malaysia
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Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

We started with beers and wines and lil bites but they were only okay, some of the bites are quite cold and weird, but steak during dinner was good, presentation was great, surround sound was alright , again not great ...

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Seattle, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 September 2016

This was a surprise find for us and turned out to be one of the highlight of our trip. This is where our first president George Washington was sworn in. This is national monument to do not forget to get your National Parks passport stamped.

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Inverness, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 September 2016

Great American history site. The first capitol building of our fair national and the place where George Washington took the oath of office.The place where the Bill of Rights was first read. I bet you thought that was in DC.

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Reviewed 20 September 2016

It was a very interesting spot to see in NYC. You could learn a lot of American history in here. The First President was sworn in here! :-)

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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 13 September 2016

Look down on the street. Those marks are where the original wall of Wall Street was built. Our First President was sworn in here. Take a tour to learn all the wonderful history in the area. 911 Memorial, China Town, Little Italy and Soho are all near by. Wear comfortable shoes.

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Valhalla, New York
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Reviewed 11 September 2016

Many people don't know that New York was the first capitol of the United States and this site near the New York Stock Exchange is where George Washington took the oath of office. They have the bible on which Washington took the oath of office and some other exhibits on the early days of the United States. It's interesting that... More 

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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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