Federal Hall
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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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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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 York3,155 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 19 November 2023
  • Kevin B
    Mount Juliet, Tennessee3,754 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 30 January 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 22 February 2024
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Jane
32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Very good landmark to visit when exploring NYC Financial District. A lot of nation's history is captured in this museum exhibits. It's rather unassuming considering the foundations of the country are preserved here. And It is right across NYSE and entrance is free. Yet, it is usually not crowded. Definitely worth a visit.
Written 28 March 2020
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Brendan S
Arlington, VA2,099 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Solo
Federal Hall is listed as “temporarily closed” on some searches, but it’s open…sort of. This building on the site of George Washington’s inauguration is still surrounded by scaffolding. The Hall itself - which is rather small - is open, but the one room Museum is closed, and the whole building has that dirty, dusty construction feel to it. There was some sort of art/experience tied to the Bill of Rights, too, but there’s really little to see if explanation of its significance. Wait until the construction is complete and it can really be visited before going.
Written 4 July 2022
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duck8to
Montville, NJ6,835 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
Federal Hall is famous as the site where the Continental Congress met in 1787 and subsequently inaugrated George Washington on April 30, 1789 as the president of the United States at was than City Hall (Federal Hall) New York City. .

It was 1790 when the Capital was moved to Philadelphia and Federal Hall became the seat of government for New York City until 1812 when it was demolished and rebuilt as a Customs House.in 1842. In 1862, Federal Hall became the U.S. Sub-Treasury,. Millions of dollars of gold and silver were kept in the basement of this building until it was replaced by the Federal Reserve Bank in 1920.

Today Federal Hall has a landmark and part of the Historic Wall Street District. Free tours are available of the building. The free tours encompass the history of the building focusing specifically on the Continental Congress and George Washington. Currently, Federal Hall is closed due to Covid-19.
Written 30 December 2021
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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 16 November 2022
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Kevin B
Mount Juliet, TN3,754 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 30 January 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 22 February 2024
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Rolshchikov-Dmitry
Moscow, Russia515 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
Great historical building. You can’t imagine financial downtown without its neoclassical (if I’m not mistaken) exterior and George Washington statue. There’s also quite interesting free museum inside, but it’s easy to miss. Take a look - it won’t take longer than an hour.
Written 29 March 2020
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Dawn S
Lowville, NY114 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 12 April 2023
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Jack
Old Bethpage, NY3,155 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 19 November 2023
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Irishman
Cork - Ireland4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My trip to NYC occurred Sept. 09 last. After completing the Federal Reserve gold vault tour (Highly recommend this 1 Hr tour) I strolled along Wall Street, checking out the trump building & tiffany's. Then there is was the impressive site of the former city hall & location of the first inauguration of George Washington. A beautiful building to look at with its impressive roman characteristics. It's free to enter which is a plus but inside the history is amazing. The bible used to swear in G.W. is on display. The roof is modelled on the Pantheon in Rome, which is impressive. The bill of rights was passed on this very site and as I say the history and artefacts on display is well worth a visit. Head out for a picture of G.W. on the steps outside, then stroll down to Nassau Street passed the NYSE, which again proudly displays its roman architecture and is certainly a camera moment. Then stroll down Broad Street and you find Frances Tavern. Again the history even from the plaques outside is amazing. TO FINISH ALL 2 HRS or SO TO STROLL AROUND THIS FINANCIAL DISTRICT. I WAS BLOWN AWAY BY THE ENTIRE ATMOSPHERE, HISTORY, BEAUTIFUL BUILDINGS and FRIENDLY PEOPLE
Written 20 November 2009
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