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The museums and historic landmarks of Lower Manhattan are an American treasure. Explore one of the most diverse and concentrated groups of museums in the world – 15 sites all within comfortable walking distance of each other. This annual event takes place rain or shine.

Pick up your Night at the Museums Guide on June 20 at any of the participating institutions. You can print a map from this site to start.

Experience the growing and vibrant food scene in Lower Manhattan. Visit to find out how to get discounts, freebies, and other surprises at 35 restaurants across the district. This is available only on Tuesdays through June 19.

NIGHT AT THE MUSEUMS is produced by the Downtown Cultural Association and is part of the RIVER TO RIVER FESTIVAL 2018, featuring free arts events from June 15 to 24 throughout Lower Manhattan. For details, visit

African Burial Ground National Monument

290 Broadway
Between Duane and Reade Streets
First national monument and museum dedicated to Africans of early New York and Americans of African descent. Rangers will make presentations throughout the evening and the film Our Time at Last will be screened. A drum and dance performance by Fusha Dance Company will take place at 4:00 p.m.

China Institute

40 Rector Street (bet. West & Washington St.)
The Institute is committed to advancing a deeper understanding of China through programs in education, culture, business, and art. Tour the latest gallery exhibit Dreams of the Kings: A Jade Suit for Eternity, Treasures of the Han Dynasty from Xuzhou and enjoy a live music performance.

Federal Hall National Memorial

26 Wall Street
Cross Streets: Wall and Broad St where Broad becomes Nassau
Exhibits present the history of Federal Hall, a museum and memorial to America’s first President and the beginnings of the USA. National Park Service Ranger-led tours are on the half-hour from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Meet George Washington, see a special map display of 18th-century New York City, and hear Linda Russell present Early American Music from 4:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Fraunces Tavern® Museum

54 Pearl Street
At the corner of Broad Street 212.425.1778
Learn how important NYC was during the birth of our nation at this historic site and museum. Special exhibitions include Dunsmore: Illustrating the American Revolutionary War and Lafayette. Enjoy live 18th-century American music with Rose Tree, a musical trio, while learning the history of the music and instruments. Take a souvenir photo in the Colonial Costume Photobooth or create your own flag.

Lower Manhattan Tours

Reserve your tour in advance – see details below.
Tour Meeting Point: 55 and 57 Wall Street Between William and Hanover Streets
Take a 30-minute mini walking tour of the historic capital of world finance. Tours depart every 30 minutes, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Advance reservations are required, but a limited number of tickets will be available for walk-ups.

Museum of American Finance

48 Wall Street
At the corner of William Street
At the nation’s only independent museum dedicated to American finance and financial history, see For the Love of Money: Blacks on US Currency, displaying anti-slavery tokens and commemorative coins, medals, and medallions that honor barrier-breaking Black athletes, entertainers, civil rights leaders, military leaders, and politicians. Tours are on the hour from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., with a limit of 20 people per tour. Currently closed due to a flood.

Museum of Jewish Heritage — A Living Memorial to the Holocaust

36 Battery Place
Cross Street: 1st Place
At New York’s Holocaust memorial museum, exhibitions use first-person histories and personal objects to tell the story of the Jewish experience. On view are the Core Exhibition, Andy Goldsworthy’s Garden of Stones, and My Name Is… The Lost Children of Kloster Indersdorf about children in the aftermath of war. Core Exhibition tours are on the hour from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Hear a talk at 6:30 p.m. on Jewish communities in China.

National Archives at New York City

One Bowling Green
Cross Streets: Whitehall and State Street, across from Battery Park
Exhibitions and programs illuminate the diversity of Native peoples of the Americas, from the Arctic Circle to the southern tip of Patagonia. Neo-soul singer Martha Redbone performs on the hour from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. and special tours are offered of the museum’s current exhibitions, as well as the stunning Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House building on the hour from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution

One Bowling Green
Between Whitehall and State Street
Exhibitions and programs illuminate the diversity of Native peoples of the Americas, from the Arctic Circle to the southern tip of Patagonia. Neo-soul singer Martha Redbone performs on the hour from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. and special tours are offered of the museum’s current exhibitions, as well as the stunning Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House building on the hour from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

National September 11 Memorial Museum

180 Greenwich Street
This is the country’s principal institution concerned with exploring the implications of the events of 9/11, documenting the impact of those events, and exploring 9/11’s continuing significance. Free admission is from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., with the last admission two hours prior to closing. Tickets are not available in advance and are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis at the Museum starting at 4:00 p.m. Distribution time is subject to change.

9/11 Tribute Museum

92 Greenwich Street
Cross Street: Rector Street
Created by the September 11th Families Association, the Museum presents videos, artifacts, and “Person to Person History,” linking visitors who want to understand the historic events of 9/11, including the rescue and recovery operations and the rebuilding of Lower Manhattan, with those who experienced them. Guides speak to visitors about the events of September 11th as well as their personal experiences every half-hour from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

NYC Municipal Archives

31 Chambers Street
Between Centre and Elk Streets
Located in a stunning Beaux Arts building, the Archives hold NYC Government’s historical records. Explore the building’s grand staircases, sculptures, and mosaics with Municipal Archives photographer Matthew Minor. Building Tours are at 4:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m., and 6:30 p.m. Or, take a special guided tour of the Archives with the Commissioner at 5:00 p.m. Advance reservations are required

Poets House

10 River Terrace
At the corner of Murray Street
Visitors can peruse the 70,000-volume poetry library and view exhibitions that focus on the physical and visual expression of poetry. View books, magazine issues, and ephemera from the working library of Poetry magazine and the Poetry Foundation. Participate in a literary scavenger hunt: visitors will be given popular poems with several words missing and will have to find the poems in books in Poets House’s extensive library.

The Skyscraper Museum

39 Battery Place
Cross Street: 1st Place
Located in the world’s first and foremost vertical metropolis, The Skyscraper Museum celebrates NYC’s rich architectural heritage and examines the historical forces and individuals that have shaped its successive skylines. Visit the Museum and join the Curator’s Tour with founding director Carol Willis of the special exhibition, Ten and Taller, 1874-1900, at 5:00 p.m.

South Street Seaport Museum

South Street Seaport

Learn about the story of the rise of New York as a port city and its critical role in the development of the United States through historic buildings and ships, including the newly restored historic ship Wavertree.

Exhibition: Street of Ships: The Port and Its People
4 8 p.m. | Main museum building, 12 Fulton Street
Waterfront History Walking Tour
45 minutes duration; on-site registration required | 5:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. Main museum building, 12 Fulton Street
Bowne Co. Stationers and Printers Live Demonstrations
4 p.m. to 8 p.m. | 209-211 Water Street