About the Collections

The collections at Fraunces Tavern Museum focus on the culture and history of Colonial America, the American Revolutionary War, and the Early Republic. The 8,000-piece object collection can generally be divided into four main categories: furnishings, communication documents, personal artifacts, and art. Objects range from tables and teacups to paintings and letters. 

About 400 collection objects are regularly on exhibit to the public in the Museum's nine galleries. Click below to explore even more of the Museum’s collection and objects from past exhibitions you may have missed.

Objects are being added to the online collection regularly, so check back for new additions!

Washington Studying the Plans of Battle (Night Scene).  John Ward Dunsmore (1856-1945) . Collection of fraunces tavern museum

Washington Studying the Plans of Battle (Night Scene). John Ward Dunsmore (1856-1945). Collection of fraunces tavern museum


Research Access

Onsite collections access requires an appointment, and scheduling is based on staff availability. We encourage researchers to contact the Museum at least one month prior to their preferred visit date.

Visiting hours are Monday, Tuesday, and Friday from 10:00am – 12:00pm and 1:00– 5:00pm.

Remote research utilizing collections objects facilitated by Museum staff is also available via email. The default turnaround time for an initial response to a query is two weeks to one month.

Contact us by email at collections@frauncestavernmuseum.org to inquire about making an onsite visit appointment or to submit your research request.

Please include the following details:

  • Name

  • Email

  • Requested Appointment Date

  • Institutional Affiliation

  • Title/Position

  • Telephone Number

  • Research purpose (personal/scholarly/publication/other)

  • Subject of research (include object information if possible)


Image Rights and Reproductions

Looking to order images from our collections for personal, scholarly, or commercial use? We can help.