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Must-See Lower Manhattan

by Colleen Clark and staff, 04/17/2013

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  • New York Stock Exchange
    11 Wall St.
    Museum of American Finance 
    48 Wall St., 212-908-4110
    New York City may be in a love-hate relationship with its financial institutions these days, but that only makes Wall Street and the stock exchange all the more fascinating. Unfortunately, the New York Stock Exchange trading floor hasn't been open to public tours since 9/11. You shouldn't let that stop you from snapping photos of the exchange's prominent facade or the bronze bull at nearby Bowling Green. If you really want to get the inside scoop on the City's financial institutions, spend an afternoon at the Museum of American Finance. Housed in the old Bank of New York building (which, by the way, was the nation's first bank, founded by Alexander Hamilton in 1784), the museum offers an entertaining and accessible look at the history of America's financial system. Learn about the causes of the credit crisis, the history of money and how to pick a stock.

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