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New York City Political Points of Interest & Historic Sites

As the birthplace of United States democracy, New York City has a lot of local points of interest related to American politics. From museums & monuments to historic homes & neighborhoods, learn about them here and explore them during your next New York City getaway.



Alexander Hamilton Grave & Monument - Now that you've seen the musical, head to Trinity Church in Lower Manhattan and pay homage to one of our country's Founding  Fathers.

Federal Hall - Know as the "Birthplace of American Democracy," see where George Washington was sworn in as our First President. This site and museum was also the first home to Congress and The Supreme Court.

Ellis Island Immigration Museum - From 1892 - 1954 this processing station served as the gateway to America for 12 million immigrants. Learn about their stories at this famed museum.

Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace - Visit the boyhood home of the first President that was born right here in New York City.

Weeksville Heritage Center – Head to Brooklyn and discover this museum that is dedicated to preserving the history of the 19th century African American community, Weeksville.   

Tenement Museum - See and hear the stories of New York immigrants as you take a trip back in time and tour through actual tenement buildings on the Lower East Side.

Morris-Jumel Mansion - As Manhattan’s oldest residence, the Morris-Jumel Mansion Museum presents American life from the colonial era to the present by preserving, collecting, and interpreting history, culture, and the arts to engage and inspire diverse audiences.

Fort Wadsworth - One of the oldest military installations in the nation. The site occupies 226 acres on the northeastern shore of Staten Island, on the Narrows of New York Harbor. Rich in history and natural beauty, it's definitely worth discovering.

Fraunces Tavern Museum - Built by the De Lancey family in 1719, 54 Pearl Street has been a private residence, hotel, and one of the most important taverns of the Revolutionary War. View a photo archive that will take you back in time to explore Fraunces Tavern’s illustrious history as the oldest standing structure in Manhattan!