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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 December 20, 2011

Standing in front of the building and reading about George Washington having been sworn into office here and how this building used to serve as the the US Treasury, made us desperately wish we had allocated more time to take the 'free tour' available at the Federal Hall, which we were unaware of when we visited last week.

The Statue of George Washington is nice and its ironic that he is staring at the NY Stock Exchange building, as if he is pondering the actions that take place there on a daily basis. Made us wonder if this historical figure would have been proud or disappointed in how events have unfolded in this area in recent years. Nevertheless, the Federal Hall seemed a highly overshadowed attraction, surrounded by the awe of being on Wall Street.

It will be a priority visit for us on our next trip to NYC, seeming to be something not to be missed during a visit to the financial district.

1  Thank BradJill
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Reviewed November 19, 2011

The free tour was great! I did not know this was the first government building of America! George Washington worked there....and the government was funded totally by taxing those ships. The building were also served to store gold / silver bars - our first treasurely department. Go - it is interesting!

Thank oldprune
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Reviewed September 23, 2011

Not too far from the World Trade Center Memorial, down Wall Street, is Federal Hall. This is the site of the presidential inauguration of George Washington, but the building that stands now once was a customs house. Later, President Abe Lincoln made it an overflow for the National Treasury.

The inside of the building is grand and has exhibits around a central open area. There was a good amount of information on Hamilton's Grange, which was closed when we visited NYC. The Bible is still on loan. It's free to enter and there are public restrooms downstairs.

While not as compelling as the more recent WTC memorial, still a rather important piece of history that has now spanned centuries.

Thank NPS_Tumbleweeds
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Reviewed April 17, 2010

Across from the NY Stock Exchange is Federal Hall. We love history we enjoyed the exhibit on George Washington and Alexander Hamilton. We were bummed that the Bible that George Washington used to swear on for his inaugural speech was on loan somewhere else. As we walked around we realized that George Washington had walked around that same rotunda, we were amazed at the historical value we were partaking in.

Probably took 30 minutes max, there was a guide giving a tour to another girl so we just listened in and gained some interesting facts.

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Reviewed November 20, 2009

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

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