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“A good way to spend 30 minutes waiting for a table”

Fraunces Tavern Museum
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Revolutionary War Era Walking Tour
Ranked #133 of 1,154 things to do in New York City
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Reviewed 9 December 2013

Upstairs at Fraunces Tavern is a Revolutionary War museum. It is interesting, nicely displayed (especially the flag room) and it's obvious the organization which maintains it takes great pride in the building and the items on display.You won't need more than an hour to see everything -- and it's a good thing to do either before or after a meal at the tavern downstairs.

I have two quibbles -- $7 is a little steep for so small a museum (but it shouldn't dissuade you from going inside). And no photography is allowed, though for the life of me I can't see why non-flash photography should be banned.

Thank KommissarKen
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Reviewed 26 October 2013

We did not eat at the restaurant, but did pay $7 for the museum, which was, basically, one big room, decorated with long tables set with plates and glasses. We stood in one place while a docent rambled on about how the land further out to the water was all landfill. The only thing I did learn is that Mr. Fraunces took a big risk in hosting both sides of the Revolutionary War in his tavern (New York was a big Tory town at that time). And that's about it. You can thank me now for saving you $7.

3  Thank Coco S
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Reviewed 22 October 2013

$7 entry.
This is one of the oldest buildings in NY (if not THE oldest)
Renovated by the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (NSSAR) in 1904, there is a restaurant and bar(s) on the ground floor.
Upstairs is the museum showing how the tavern would have looked in the early 19th century.
As it is the place where George Washington said goodbye to his army after winning the war, it is an important piece of American history.
Lots of pictures of GW as well as information about taverns back in the day.
There is also a display of the history of the tavern and the renovation work, a display on the NSSAR, and also a room showing the evolution of the American flag.

Thank TheProdigitalSon
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Reviewed 1 September 2013 via mobile

Went by myself for lunch. Very reasonable and the food is fantastic. I didn't think the museum upstairs was worth 7$ but if you check in on face book it's free.

2  Thank Aliceslookingglass
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Reviewed 13 July 2013

Six of us stopped here for the history of the Tavern. A lovely receptionist told us to go ahead on up to the museum even though it was nearly closing time so we did. There was a rude, surly guy up there in a big rush to count his money before closing time. Ignore him, we did, and check out the museum. The Tavern is chock full of history. Downstairs there are a number of beautifully appointed rooms and bars. One was once the site of a tragic, unsolved bombing. We had a couple of icy cold drinks but did not eat. The menu looked good if a bit pricey. We'll definitely be back when we have more time to explore the museum. It's worth the trip just to see this living piece of history just below the chaos of Wall Street.

Thank lkmilsom
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