Here on Wall Street, George Washington took the oath of office as our first President, and this site was home
to the first Congress, Supreme Court, and Executive Branch offices.
The current structure, a Customs House, later served as part of the US Sub-Treasury. Now, the building serves as a museum and memorial to our first President and the beginnings of the United States of America.
Federal Hall is open:
Monday - Friday, 9:00am - 5:00pm
except on all Federal holidays.
The staff at Federal Hall currently offers guided building tours at 10am, 2pm and 4pm. In addition, Federal Hall offers special programs and events to the public throughout the year. Check the Federal Hall National Memeorial website for details.
Visiting schools and groups may request one of these special programs. Please call 212-825-6888 for more information or to schedule a program.
Federal Hall 101
A 20 - 30 minute guided tour of Federal Hall, discussing in brief its history and story in relation to American history. This is the perfect program for groups on a tight schedule or who will self guide themselves through the exhibits.
The Printing Press; A Weapon of Revolution
Ranger lead program illustrating the importance of the press and communications in starting a political revolution. View one of the few examples of a reproduction 18th century printing press.
New York and the War for Independence
Park Ranger costumed interpretive programs illustrating the Revolutionary War, its politics, battles, and technology.
When the Americans were the Insurgents: In 1776, not all Americans wanted revolution, not all loyal subjects lived in Britain, and everyone, "good guys and bad guys" wore black hats. Enter a discussion with a British Officer; debate the politics of Revolution and decide for yourself; who would you side with?
Rule Britannia: The Royal Navy. Britain's rise to world power began in the 18th century through the Royal Navy (built with American wood!). Meet a Royal Naval Officer to learn how Britannia ruled the waves through the greatest technological achievement of the age; the Man-of-War.
18th Century Military Arts: Either British, French, American, Hessian or Spanish; all armies of the 18th century had similarities. Meet a soldier of the Age of Enlightenment and learn about life and death in the infantry.
The Battle for New York: Park Ranger program discussing the battles, leaders and tactics utilized by the British and Americans in 1776.
A Pox on You: A colonial doctor illustrates medical and surgical techniques of the 18th century.
19th Century History on Wall Street
Although Federal Hall is celebrated for it's colonial history, its role as a Customs House and Sub-Treasury contributed much to the growth of America. These programs illustrate Federal Hall in the 1800's.
Defend the Sub-Treasury!: During the New York City Draft Riots of 1863, citizens were terrorized by mobs which ruled the streets committing arson, robbery, assault and murder. To restore order, police, army, militia, sailors and marines fought bloody battles block by block. Wall Street and Federal Hall was protected by a gun boat and a detachment of Marines, under orders to fire on any person threatening the US Sub Treasury building. Hear these stories and others concerning our nations worst case of civil unrest.