History heads, hoist a pint in celebration: The historic Fraunces Tavern Museum is reopening on September 16.
As museums across Lower Manhattan slowly reopen, this means you can finally stop playing around with the Lego version of the Revolutionary War-era museum and 300-year-old building, or participating in its virtual events, and instead go see the physical museum again (with precautions in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19, of course).
The reopening of Fraunces Tavern Museum, which features exhibits about the American Revolution and the building’s former inhabitants, including George Washington, also coincides with the first-ever Tavern Week (September 13–20), a celebration of America’s taverns. Which is good news, because the Tavern’s restaurant and pub — considered by some to be the oldest bar in New York City — has been open for outdoor dining since July.
Tavern Week also includes a virtual lecture, a special “Tavern Talks” episode with the historic Neirs Tavern in Queens, and social-media takeovers featuring Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, Keeler Tavern Museum and Golden Ball Tavern Museum.
Fraunces Tavern Museum will be open to the public on a reduced schedule: Wednesday through Sunday, 1p–6p; six of its galleries, including the historic Long Room and Clinton Room, will be open.