Museum Holiday Schedule

The New-York Historical Society Museum will be open Wednesday, December 24, 10am-3pm and will reopen Friday, December 26, 10am-8pm. For details, please visit our calendar.

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George Washington's first inauguration (1789)

 New York City was the nation’s first capitol and the site of the first presidential inauguration. Standing near a replica of Federal Hall’s frontage on Wall Street, visitors enter the time and place of George Washington’s first swearing-in.

They admire appointing showing the beautiful wrought-iron balustrade where he stood in full view of the crowds below, and recite the dramatically brief oath of office that the U.S. Constitution requires of incoming presidents.

” Cast Your Vote” is a related interactive in which visitors watch the growth of U.S. suffrage over time, learning who was and was not allowed to vote in different elections.

 

Creative: Tronvig Group