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“Great place for lunch and History!”

Fraunces Tavern Museum
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Revolutionary War Era Walking Tour
Ranked #166 of 1,137 things to do in New York City
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Reviewed November 2, 2012

The tavern is in lower Manhatten and is the site of Washington meeting with his officers to thank them for their service at the end of the war. Lunch choices are tasty and exceptional beer from the brewery there. The ambiance offers a feeling of how the tavern might have been with old woods, photos and artifacts. After lunch, go to the museum upstairs to see a short video on this historical time period, a recreated room of the meeting place of Washington and his men and other significant artifacts. So glad we went, totally delightful and great staff!
The financial district is a few blocks up the street if you want a stroll after lunch.

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Reviewed September 14, 2012

If you are a history buff like I am, or if you are just interested in the world at large, you will LOVE this museum. I was so pleased to run into this hardly known museum, virtually unnoticed in lower Manhattan. It's not far from Wall Street, but you would think it was a world away given that no one was really there. I was the only one at three in the afternoon.

This is the original tavern where George Washington said farewell to his troops after the Revolutionary War. The upstairs is completely set up as it was in the late 1700's, with original furniture. It is a throwback, remarkably preserved for all these years. You will find lots of interesting memorabilia from the history of NYC as well as from the time period of George Washington. There is a dining room that is period as well, and it is very well preserved. I loved this place. So quaint. And downstairs you can eat a wonderful dinner or have a beer in a superbly furnished bar and restaurant. It is also reminiscent of the time period. They have gone to great lengths to make this museum authentic to the Revolutionary time period. It is a must see for anyone who loves American history.

3  Thank Jon M
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Reviewed August 19, 2012

From outside, the Fraunces Tavern appears to occupy one small building on Pearl Street. However, the museum, located upstairs, spreads over the second floor of several adjoining buildings as well, and is much larger than you'd expect. Much of it focuses on George Washington and his presence there at a farewell dinner with his officers of the Revolutionary War. Other exhibits detail New York City's colonial development, and its role in the Revolutionary War.

One drawback, though, is that the exhibits generally are somewhat dry. The museum is better suited to adults with some serious interest in history than to general visitors, particularly families with small children (who will quickly become bored and restive). Another drawback is that the building, being preserved largely in its original form, is not handicap-accessible. The museum can only be reached by climbing stairs.

Thank Dagosto
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Reviewed July 25, 2012 via mobile

Hi, me and my grandmother,father, and cousin visited the Fraunces Tavern for lunch and got more than we expected. The service was great and the food came in under 10 minutes and was DELICIOUS! The mueseum was also amazing! They even have one of the eight known printed wallpapers from the time range of the revolutionary war. The mueseum was great (not to mention good prices too:). This was definately worth it. I even got to stand in the same spot as George Washington!!!! This is most definately the perfect lunch spot(:

Thank Rea-Rae
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Reviewed May 2, 2012

Samuel Fraunces purchased the elegant home of merchant Steven Delancey in 1762. He then proceeded to create in it the most successful tavern in New York City. During the revolutionary war, when the City was bitterly divided between Patriots and Loyalists, often even within the same family, Fraunces had to go South and hide with his family. He left the tavern management to a son in law who was Loyalist. The place is most famous with the fact that Washington gave the farewell address to his officers in the Long Room of the tavern. Being in the same small and somber room, surrounded with portraits of Washington, maps of the battles of those times and flags, does something to you. A poem about the flag is posted on the wall.
Hats off!
Along the street there comes
A blare of bugles, a ruffle of drums
A flash of color beneath the sky
Hats off!
The flag is passing by. . .
After the war, the government rented the building to house the offices of the Departments of War, Treasury and Foreign Affairs. The ground floor was still (and is, to this day) occupied by the tavern.

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