Photo courtesy of Liana Sonenclar

The annual “Night at the Museums” event was a smashing success. A total of 14 museums plus the Wall Street Walks team, opened their venues to residents and visitors last week. Downtown museums were free to the public as part of the River to River Festival.

The most popular destination was the 9/11 Memorial Museum; hundreds of people lined up early for a chance to have free admission to the 9/11 Memorial Museum and reflect on the significance and tragedies of the day. The 9/11 Tribute Center also had special programming, hosting a one-hour walking tour of the 9/11 Memorial led by FDNY, NYPD, survivors and 9/11 Family Members.

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Other area museums had special programming for the night, such as the Fraunces Tavern® (located at the site George Washington was sworn in as president) which featured a special colonial dancing and music demonstration. The Poet’s House had a poetry scavenger hunt. The NYC Municipal Archives Visitors Center featured a special one-night exhibit where visitors were able to view blueprints and abandoned plans for a scrapped Downtown Civic Center in Lower Manhattan project.

All museum attractions captivated guest such as the solid gold Monopoly set at the Museum of American Finance and a piece of George Washington’s hair at Fraunces Tavern®. Guests young and old enjoyed the experience.


-by Alyssa Bajek


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