June 24 at 4:00pm
at various locations

Enjoy free admission at 14 distinctive museums and cultural institutions in Lower Manhattan as part of the River To River Festival. Discover where New York City’s history and culture begin. For a full schedule of programming, please visit each organization’s website.

For more information visit http://www.mjhnyc.org/nightatthemuseums/index.html 

Free – RSVP not required for all events, but some participating museums may have RSVP instructions. Please visit the museum website for more details.

As part of the event, Merchants Hospitality & The Lure Group will be offering 25% off for River To River audience members who mention “River To River” at the following restaurants on June 24 from 4-8pm:


Pound & Pence

The Black Hound

Merchants River House

Clinton Hall


Ambrose Hall

The Anne Frank Center USA features Anne Frank: A Family Photo Album exhibition.

Just like any average family, the photo album of the Frank family begins with the birth of their first child. As an amateur photographer, Otto Frank has a single theme: the life and times of his daughters, Anne and Margot. Through these intimate photographs, salvaged along with Anne’s diary following the arrest, audiences gain a glimpse into the life of this German-Jewish family forced to flee their country during the 1930s.(c) AFF Basel

A musician and dance instructors will teach some basic Colonial dances to guests.

Come visit the nation’s record keeper on the 3rd floor of 1 Bowling Green for an evening of document discovery and family activities.

Connect with history in our Learning Center and begin your Archival Adventure — a hands-on activity of historical discovery.  Pull documents off the shelves; explore facsimile treasures, and take home a copy of your favorite archival record!

View famous signatures and interesting markings in our Welcome Center / New York on the Record Gallery including Mikhail Baryshnikov’s petition for naturalization, Dean Martin’s bankruptcy case file, the infamous Jell-O box used as evidence to convict Julius and Ethel Rosenberg of treason in 1953, and an 1804 receipt for goods entering the port of New York.

Visitors are encouraged to visit our Research Center to begin a journey into their family history by exploring immigrant arrival lists (including Ellis Island), Federal census and naturalization (citizenship) records, plus so much more.

For more information please contact newyork.archives@nara.gov or call 866-840-1752.

There will be a 45-minute tour of the exhibitions at 5pm and a screening of short films at 6pm in Diker Pavilion, ground floor.

National September 11 Memorial Museum will offer free tickets from 5pm–8pm.  Reserve online at 911memorial.org.

The South Street Seaport Museum offers deck tours of the 1874 barque PEKING and 1908 lightship AMBROSE. Both ships are located at Pier 16 and tours are family friendly. The Museum also welcomes visitors to experience a printing demonstration utilizing movable lead type and vintage plates from its working collection, among the largest collection of its kind in the country. There will be family friendly demonstrations on several 19h-century printing presses. Meet at Bowne Printers, 209 Water Street. Tours and demos are offered at the top of the hour starting at 4pm. Last tour and demo at 7pm.

Wall Street Walks will offer free tours of Lower Manhattan. Tours leave every 30 minutes, on the hour and half-hour from 4pm–7:30pm, beginning in front of 57 Wall Street. Limited to 60 people per time slot, you may reserve a free advance ticket at wallstreetwalks.com; spaces will also be held for walk-up.

Building on the theme of the River To River Festival, the Municipal Archives will display rare drawings and maps of lower Manhattan, for one night only. The exhibit will be organized along a geographical continuum ranging from the Hudson River to the East River. The materials will include early maps of New York City, a pier drawing, water survey maps, City Hall Park drawings, Brooklyn Bridge mechanical drawings, photographs and rededication footage, and more.