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“Another historic site in Lower Manhattan”
Review of Federal Hall

Federal Hall
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Ranked #192 of 1,189 things to do in New York City
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 12 November 2017

Federal Hall is located in Lower Manhattan on the corner of Broad Street and Wall Street. It is across the street from the New York Stock Exchange and just a few buildings east of the historic Trinity Church (where Alexander Hamilton is buried). Federal Hall is open 6 days a week in the summer from 9 AM – 5 PM and is open 5 days a week during the other three seasons. The best part of this New York attraction is that it is free to enter. The original building that stood here was built in about 1700 and was the first US Capital and George Washington was inaugurated on the balcony of the building on April 30, 1789. The original building was eventually town down and replaced with the building that exists today. Part of the original balcony floor where Washington was inaugurated is on display in the memorial.

I toured this historic site with my wife on a Friday morning in mid-August and enjoyed walking through it. I am a history buff and have read a few books on George Washington so really wanted to tour this building. I had toured this building many years ago but that was before I had read about Washington so this visit meant more. Highlights were seeing Washington’s inauguration Bible and a part of the balcony where Washington took the oath of office to become out first President. There is a nice oversized statue of George Washington on the front step that everyone seemed to be getting their picture taken with. I was a little confused about the buildings history but a friendly and knowledgeable Park Ranger was able to answer my questions

Overall I enjoyed touring this magnificent marble building and recommend it if you are visiting Lower Manhattan (especially if you are a US history buff). This is not a must see attraction in NYC but is easy to visit if you are already visiting Wall Street or the nearby Trinity Church.

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Reviewed 12 November 2017 via mobile

Probably the most interesting accessible building on Wall Street. Site where George Washington became first president of the USA

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Reviewed 11 November 2017 via mobile

Wall Street & Broad is the site of NY City Hall where George Washington was inaugurated as 1st U.S. President in 1789. Current structure was built in 1842. There’s a museum, guided tours, bookstore - and free admission!

Hours 9 - 5p Monday- Friday (Closed Saturday & Sunday until Summer

Thank demTravels
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Reviewed 30 October 2017

This is where President Washington took his oath as the first President of the United States, need I say more. Wow! I mean to be able to stand where Washington was, how cool is that. They also had some great info about the building. If you are in a hurry this is a pretty quick stop. Also the area it is in is just amazing. It is like stepping back in history. Also it was not to far from Francois Tavern. This is the tavern that Washington gave his farewell address to his officers at the conclusion of the Revolutionary War. It is also next to Wall Street. It was just an amazing way to spend the morning.

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Reviewed 16 October 2017

This is the place where George Washington took the oath of office and america pretty much took shape. Ominous to look at, the incredible statue if George Washington sis enough to come visit this landmark, but then you go inside and see the hidden history that nobody advertises. This place is a small museum and a historic monument all in one locate smack dab in the heart of Wall Street. Should be a part of any first time visit to the greatest city in the world.

Thank Michael A
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