Fraunces Tavern® Museum
Home of the American Revolution
Since 1907, Fraunces Tavern Museum has existed to tell the history of the American Revolution.
Originally built as a mansion in 1719, 54 Pearl Street opened as Fraunces Tavern in 1762. This landmarked building is New York City’s oldest and most important historic site. It was the meeting place for the rebel Sons of Liberty, the location where George Washington tearfully bade farewell to his officers in 1783, and housed the fledging Departments of Foreign Affairs, Treasury, and War from 1985 to 1988.
Enduring the Revolutionary War, Fraunces Tavern is now a famous landmarked building which serves as a public museum with nine galleries, an artifacts collection of over 7,500 pieces, annual rotating exhibits, monthly lectures, annual walking tours, and commemorative dinners, all of which help tell the story of the early American experience.
In 2017, the Museum will celebrate its 110th year by opening a special exhibition, History’s Treasures: Special Pieces from the Museum’s Collection, which will display artifacts which have not been on exhibit for many years including the delicate silk shoe of Martha Washington, Dennis Malone Carter’s 1854 painting, Molly Pitcher at the Battle of Monmouth, and the last known letter from martyred Patriot spy, Nathan Hale.
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