Federal Reserve Bank of New York

33 Liberty Street

Located in the heart of the Financial District in a distinctive Italian Renaissance-revival style building, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York boasts the largest depository gold reserve found anywhere in the world, larger than even Fort Knox, conta... more

Located in the heart of the Financial District in a distinctive Italian Renaissance-revival style building, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York boasts the largest depository gold reserve found anywhere in the world, larger than even Fort Knox, containing 7,000 tons of gold. One of 12 regional reserve banks in the Federal Reserve System, the building assumes a fortress-like presence you would expect from a massive vault containing so much buried treasure located five stories below street level. Visitors will learn about the central banking functions that the Federal Reserve System performs and see the Bank's vault of international monetary gold on the bedrock of Manhattan Island, five stories below street level. Descending into the reserve itself, you pass through narrow corridor cut into a 90-ton steel cylinder. Over 120 lockers contain bullion, much of which is in custody for foreign nations. Possibly one of the most extraordinary tours in America! Tours are hosted daily, Monday through Friday, at 1pm and 2pm. The tour is free, lasts about an hour, and each tour can accommodate up to 25 visitors. Tours are released daily on a 30 day cycle, please visit their website to conf... more

Located in the heart of the Financial District in a distinctive Italian Renaissance-revival style building, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York boasts the largest depository gold reserve found anywhere in the world, larger than even Fort Knox, containing 7,000 tons of gold. One of 12 regional reserve banks in the Federal Reserve System, the building assumes a fortress-like presence you would expect from a massive vault containing so much buried treasure located five stories below street level.

Visitors will learn about the central banking functions that the Federal Reserve System performs and see the Bank's vault of international monetary gold on the bedrock of Manhattan Island, five stories below street level. Descending into the reserve itself, you pass through narrow corridor cut into a 90-ton steel cylinder. Over 120 lockers contain bullion, much of which is in custody for foreign nations. Possibly one of the most extraordinary tours in America!

Tours are hosted daily, Monday through Friday, at 1pm and 2pm. The tour is free, lasts about an hour, and each tour can accommodate up to 25 visitors. Tours are released daily on a 30 day cycle, please visit their website to confirm your reservation. You can also reserve a spot by e-mailing a request to [email protected] Tour tickets will be emailed in advance of your visit and must be presented, along with a valid government-issued picture ID, upon arrival at the Bank.


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Financial District Description

Federal Reserve Bank of New York is located in the Financial District neighborhood of Manhattan. The financial hub of the United States, the seat of New York City government, and home to some of New York's oldest buildings, the Financial District has an illustrious history. 17th century settlers began building here, and given the many seafarers of the time, boats could be conveniently docked at one of the slips right near the settlements of wooden homes. Right nearby, in the heart of the district is Federal Hall, where George Washington was inaugurated as the first President of the United States in 1789, also the meeting site for the First Congress. New York City was both the capital of the United States and New York State at the time.

The street names reflect the district's fascinating history: Fulton Street, named after Robert Fulton, the inventor of the steamboat; Maiden Lane, originally called Magde Platje in Dutch; Beaver Street, recalling the once-significant beaver pelt trade, etc.

The area today houses some great economic powerhouses, including the headquarters of major banks, the New York Stock Exchange, in addition to the World Financial Center. Contrasts are extraordinary, from old two- and three-story old brick buildings near South Street Seaport to the nearby modern mega-skyscrapers. Some of the numerous other attractions include Fraunces Tavern, where George Washington bid farewell to his troops (also, they have a museum!); the newly-landscaped City Hall Park; the Museum of the American Indian and the US Custom House at Bowling Green; Trinity Church, the first parish church in New York City and the resting place of Alexander Hamilton and Robert Fulton, among others; War Of 1812 strong hold Castle Clinton; the Staten Island-bound South Ferry; Battery Park; and the Federal Reserve Bank. Sadly, the biggest attraction since 9/11 has been the former World Trade Center site, although, thankfully, construction has finally filled the long-standing gouge in Lower Manhattan's face, and the stunning 9/11 Memorial and its attendant museum are welcome signs of a healing city. And, of course, soaring a symbolic 1,776 feet over the memorial is the new 1 World Trade Center!

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33 Liberty Street
New York, NY 10038
(212) 720-6130
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Admission And Tickets

Free

This Week's Hours

Tours are hosted daily, Monday through Friday, at 1pm and 2pm. The tour is free, lasts about an hour, and each tour can accommodate up to 25 visitors. Tours are released daily on a 30 day cycle, please visit their website to confirm your reservation.

You can also reserve a spot by e-mailing a request to [email protected] Tour tickets will be emailed in advance of your visit and must be presented, along with a valid government-issued picture ID, upon arrival at the Bank.

Nearby Subway

  • to Broadway/Nassau Sts
  • to Fulton St -- 0.1

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