Federal Hall

Federal Hall information

Location
New York City , USA
Address
26 Wall St, entrance on Pine St
Getting there
Subway: J/Z to Broad St, 2/3, 4/5 to Wall St
More information
www.nps.gov/feha
Opening hours
9am-5pm Mon-Fri
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A Greek Revival masterpiece, Federal Hall houses a museum dedicated to postcolonial New York. Themes include George Washington’s inauguration, Alexander Hamilton’s relationship with the city, and the struggles of John Peter Zenger – jailed, tried and acquitted of libel here for exposing government corruption in his newspaper. There's also a visitor information hall which covers downtown cultural happenings.

Distinguished by a huge statue of George Washington, the building itself stands on the site of New York’s original City Hall. It was here that the first US Congress convened and that Washington took the oath of office as the first US president on April 30, 1789. The museum's artifacts include the very slab of stone on which Washington stood while taking that oath. After that structure’s demolition in the early 19th century, the current building rose in its place between 1834 and 1842, serving as the US Customs House until 1862.