About Downtown Culture Pass
Lower Manhattan is the birthplace of the city, an area steeped in history. With the Downtown Culture Pass, you’ll get full access to 11 of the area’s key attractions, including the Tribute WTC Visitor’s Center and a Wall Street walking tour led by a knowledgeable guide. Just a few highlights:
At the Fraunces Tavern Museum, you’ll step right into Colonial history in the very building (the oldest surviving in Manhattan) where George Washington bid farewell to his troops in 1783. The South Street Seaport Museum provides a window into the area’s rich maritime heritage with exhibits and artifacts related to the city’s seafaring legacy, a 22-minute film excursion through New York’s past, and passes to board the Ambrose, which served as a “floating lighthouse” from 1908 to 1932 and is currently moored at the South Street Seaport.
The downtown area has always been home to the hustle and ambition that characterizes New York, and at the Museum of American Finance, which is housed in a historic bank building, you’ll learn about how money shaped the city—and how the city shaped the nation’s economy. Exhibits cover the financial markets, the history of money and entrepreneurism. At the Skyscraper Museum, you’ll learn about the way that the towering architecture of New York’s skyline embodies its technological, architectural, and aesthetic aspirations.
The National Museum of the American Indian is located in the magnificent Beaux Arts Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House at the foot of Broadway. Changing exhibits here reflect the diversity of Native art and experience. At the Museum of Jewish Heritage, a living Memorial to the Holocaust, you’ll find the story of 20th and 21st century Jewish life on display, featuring a rotating selection of photos and artifacts from the museum’s 25,000-piece collection. On the roof is “Garden of Stones,” an installation by sculptor Andy Goldsworthy that serves as a contemplative tribute to Holocaust victims. At the Anne Frank Center USA, you can learn about the life of this courageous young woman who hid from the Nazis and wrote a diary that captured the hearts of many millions of readers.
The Tribute WTC Visitors Center, which aims to convey the events of 9/11 through “person-to-person history,” including audio, video and walking tours, is also included in the pass. Admission to the 9/11 Memorial Preview site, which displays architectural models, films, and construction photos of the memorial, is always free. Your pass also gets you a walking tour led by a real Wall Street insider with Wall Street Walks, offering a glimpse into the history and culture of the world’s most famous financial market.
The Downtown Culture Pass is only redeemable at the Museum of American Finance Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 4pm.
Included with your pass:
The Anne Frank Center
Fraunces Tavern Museum
Museum of American Finance
Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust
National Museum of the American Indian
New York Water Taxi
9/11 Memorial Preview Site
The Skyscraper Museum
South Street Seaport Museum
Tribute WTC Visitor Center
Your pass also qualifies you for 10 percent discounts at all museum shops, $10 off New York Water Taxi sightseeing cruises, and a $10 discount on purchases of $100 or more at J&R Music and Computer World.
Did you know?
Wall Street most likely got its name from an actual wall built during Dutch times to protect against attacks from the English and Native people.
Battery Park also was named for its role in protecting this valuable real estate. Here, artillery batteries defended the young settlement from invaders.
The Downtown Culture Pass is a great value if you’re interested in exploring the history and architecture of this fascinating part of Manhattan. You’ll also gain a keen appreciation for the role the waterfront has always played in the life of the city.
Good for kids?
Older kids with an interest in history, finance, boats and buildings will find plenty to fascinate them in these attractions.
48 Wall Street
New York, NY 10005
2,3,4,5 to Wall Street; J to Broad Street;1,R,W to Rector Street