South Street Seaport Museum

Financial District & Lower Manhattan

Opened in 1967, this museum dispersed amid the cobblestone streets of the seaport district consists of fascinating exhibitions relating to the city's maritime history, an 18th-century printing press and shop, and a handful of mighty sailing ships to explore on Pier 16. Besides touring the moored 1885 Wavertree and the 1907 lightship Ambrose, in warmer months you can take a harbor cruise on the 1885 Pioneer and the 1930 wooden tugboat WO Decker.

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1. Pier 15

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2. Pier 17

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3. South Street Seaport District

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4. Museum of American Finance

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5. Federal Reserve Bank of New York

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6. Federal Hall

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7. New York Stock Exchange

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8. St Paul's Chapel

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