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One thing is for certain: there is a LOT to see in Lower Manhattan. It can be tough to get everything in, time-wise, during your stay in New York. It can also be a bit hard on your wallet. The Downtown Culture Pass can help visitors to the city save money and still be able to see almost everything that this neighborhood has to offer. Many of these attractions and sites are seen from the outside on our pay-what-you-wish Lower Manhattan Tours. If you are already downtown, come join us and learn even more about the history of the area.
WHAT IS THE DOWNTOWN CULTURE PASS?
It is a pass that gives you 3 days of admissions and discounts to more than 12 Lower Manhattan attractions, including museums and tours, all within walking distance of each other. The Pass gives you a savings of up to $75 if you were to visit these attractions and pay individually!
HOW MUCH IS IT?
HOW TO BUY IT?
The Downtown Culture Pass can be purchased via their website. You can also buy them in person at the following locations, which are sites included in the pass:
TIP: Be sure to downbload the app DowntownNYC, the official mobile app of the Downtown Culture Pass
ATTRACTIONS INCLUDED IN THE PASS:
National September 11 Memorial Museum 180 Greenwich Street 212- 312-8800
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. To find out more about the Museum, ticket prices, free hours and what tours are available, see our detailed post How to Visit the 9/11 Memorial and Museum in NYC.
Fraunces Tavern Museum 54 Pearl Street, 212.425.1778
Open Monday-Sunday, 12pm-5pm. (Closed on federal holidays except Presidents Day and July 4th)
Fraunces Tavern Museum is the only Manhattan museum that is dedicated to Revolutionary War history.;Fraunces Tavern was where George Washington bid farewell to all of his officers in 1783, at the end of the American Revolution. The small but wonderful museum explores history of both the war and of life in general during the early days of the United States. (Bonus: the food served downstairs in the restaurant is great!) Admission with Downtown Culture Pass: FREE
Federal Hall National Memorial – 26 Wall Street 212.825.6990
Monday – Friday 9 AM – 5 PM; Closed Thanksgiving and December 25
It was here that George Washington took the oath of office as our first President, and this site was home to the first Congress, Supreme Court, and Executive Branch offices. For more detailed information and history, see our post about the Federal Hall National Memorial. Free admission
Wall Street Walks
See Wall Street with an insider. Wall Street Walks are led by members of the Wall Street financial community, so you will get the inside scoop! Learn about the amazing history of one of the oldest parts of NYC. It’s not all stocks and bonds though- the company offers a tour called “Patriots, Pirates, Prostitutes and Taverns” and it offers a look at the more scandalous elements of colonial New York. Also offered is a tour detailing the history of the finance industry in the city, from its origins underneath a buttonwood tree through the present. Receive 50% off of tour tickets. (Tickets are normally $25/person)
TIP: If the timing isn’t right you may find other tours, or our self-guided tour worth a look. Click here to see more.
Museum of American Finance, 48 Wall Street
Open Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-4pm (Closed for national and stock market holidays)
The museum, located in the former headquarters of the Bank of New York, educates about both the history of finance in the US as well as the current financial systems of this country. There is a permanent collection as well as temporary exhibits. Admission with Downtown Culture Pass: FREE + 10% shop discount Regular Admission: $8 (for adults)
National Museum of the American Indian-Smithsonian Institution, 1 Bowling Green
Open every day (except Christmas) from 10am-5pm. On Thursdays it is open until 8pm.
The National Museum of the American Indian is housed in the historic Alexander Hamilton Custom House, and celebrates a wide variety of Native American cultures. There are permanent and temporary collections as well as a variety of programs. Because this is a Smithsonian Museum it is always free to the public, but Downtown Culture Pass holders receive 10% shop discount.
New York Water Taxi Pier 17 at the South Street Seaport; Slip 6 in Battery Park 212.742.1969
There is no better way to take in the New York City skyline than from the harbor! New York Water Taxi offers a wide variety of harbor cruises so that you can see NYC at its best. Choose from many sightseeing harbor cruises or specialty events (see website for schedule). Pass holders get $10 off.
TIP: There are lots of other ways to enjoy New York City from the water, some even for free! Check out our post to find out how.
The Anne Frank Center USA – 44 Park Place 212.431.7993
Open Tuesday – Saturday 10 AM – 5 PM, Closed July 4th, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Day.
Experience an interactive exhibit preserving Anne Frank’s diary and legacy. Hear her words, share her story. View artifacts from her days in hiding in a lifelike simulation of her attic room. Admission with Pass and 10% shop discount.
Museum of Jewish Heritage – 36 Battery Place (at First Place) 646.437.4202
Sunday – Tuesday, Thursday 10 AM – 5:45 PM, Wednesday 10 – 8 PM, Friday 10 AM – 5 PM
Friday & eve of Jewish holidays 10 AM – 3 PM; Closed Saturdays, Jewish holidays, and Thanksgiving
Explore Jewish history and heritage before, during, and after the Holocaust through life-affirming personal stories that provide insights into a resilient and multifaceted culture. Admission with Pass and 10% shop discount.
9/11 Tribute Center 120 Liberty St (between Church & Greenwich St) 866.737.1184
Monday, Wednesday – Saturday 10AM – 6PM, Tuesday 12 – 6 PM, Sunday 12 – 5 PM
Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day
Through walking tours, exhibits and programs, the 9/11 Tribute Center offers “Person to Person History,” linking visitors who want to understand and appreciate the historic events with those who experienced them. Admission with Pass.
NYC Municipal Archives Visitors Center – 31 Chambers Street, Suite 112 (bet. Centre & Elk St.)
Open to the public Monday to Thursday, 9 AM to 4:30 PM, Friday 9 AM to 1 PM
Located in a stunning Beaux Arts building, the Visitor Center’s exhibitions highlight the collections and interpret themes and topics in city history that draw from the rich resources of NYC’s Archives and Library. Always free; Pass holders receive a 15% CityStore discount coupon
The Skyscraper Museum 39 Battery Place (at First Place) 212.968.1961
Wednesday – Sunday 12 – 6 PM
New York City’s iconic skyline is filled with skyscrapers. Because Manhattan is a relatively small island, we had no choice but to build up rather than out. Businesses throughout the 20th century fought to build higher and higher buildings and maximize their space. This museum celebrates the history of the skyscraper and its place in New York City throughout its history. Admission with Downtown Culture Pass: FREE +10% shop discount
FUN FACTS: Love skyscrapers? Learn more about the 10 Most Iconic New York Skyscrapers.
South Street Seaport Museum Ships at Pier
16 Bowne & Co., Printers at 209 and 211 Water Street, 212.748.8600
Daily 10 A.M. to 6 P.M Closed (holidays): Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day.
South Street Seaport Museum preserves and promotes this historic district along the East River. South Street Seaport Museum is dedicated to telling the story of the Port of New York and the maritime history of the region through its historic buildings, artifacts, and fleet of sailing vessels. The South Street Seaport Museum’s historic print shop, Bowne & Co., Stationers, located at 211 Water Street, is open Wednesday – Sunday from 11 A.M. – 7 P.M. Admission with Downtown Culture Pass: FREE +10% off at Bowne Stationers
The New York City Police Museum – Museum is closed until further notice. 212.480.3100
Through its exhibitions, collections and educational programming, the Museum illustrates how the policies and culture of the NYPD have evolved over time to meet the changing needs of the City.
Poets House – 10 River Terrace 212.431.7920
Library & Reading Room Hours: Tuesday–Friday, 11:00 AM–7:00 PM, Saturday, 11:00 AM –6:00 PM, Children’s Room Hours: Thursday–Saturday, 11:00 AM– 5:00 PM
Peruse the 60,000-volume poetry library and see exhibitions that focus on the physical and visual expression of poetry. Children and their adults are invited to visit the Children’s Room (Thurs-Sat, 11 AM–5 PM). Always free; Pass holders receive a poetry anthology
African Burial Ground National Monument 290 Broadway 212.637.2019
Indoor Visitor Center – Tuesday – Saturday 10 AM – 4 PM; Outdoor Memorial Monday – Friday 9 AM – 5 PM
Closed Thanksgiving and December 25
African Burial Ground National Monument, part of the National Park Service, is the first national monument dedicated to Africans of early New York and Americans of African descent. It began use in the 17th or 18th century, but was only rediscovered in the past 20 years. The story is both of the Africans whose holy place this was, but also the story of the modern day New Yorkers who fought to honor these ancestors. Always free
SHOULD I BUY THE DOWNTOWN PASS?
The Downtown Culture Pass can save you a lot of money if you plan on taking in most of the attractions in Lower Manhattan. If you did everything included in the pass you could save over $80! (As compared to paying full price admission as an adult.) Even if you don’t do absolutely everything, the savings will be pretty good. So if you have a few days to take in this amazing neighborhood pick up a Downtown Culture Pass!
OUR PAY-WHAT-YOU-WISH LOWER MANHATTAN TOURS
We offer numerous tours of Lower Manhattan that include Wall Street, the 9/11 Memorial, the Brooklyn Bridge and the surrounding areas of the attractions and museums included with the Pass. See our tour schedule and join us for one of these tours:
World Trade Center and 911 Memorial Tour: From the history of the World Trade Center to the tragic events that led to tales of heroism, we’ll cover the memorial and St. Paul’s Church. This tour does not include entrance into the museum.
Lower Manhattan: Our most popular tour of the financial district and the history of New Amsterdam, as it was called.
9/11 Memorial and Brooklyn Bridge Night Tour: An illuminated tour of the 9/11 Memorial to the City Hall and Woolworth skyscraper, this night tour ends half way across the Brooklyn Bridge for stunning night views of Manhattan.