Museum of American Financial History

Location: 28 Broadway, New York The Museum of American Financial History is the nation‘s only independent public museum dedicated to celebrating the spirit of entrepreneurship and the democratic free market tradition which has made New York City the financial capital of the world. Founded in 1988, the Museum was chartered as an educational institution. Fifteen years later, financial education is at the core of the Museum’s mission and its public programs and services. An active national-level advocate on behalf of the growing financial literacy movement, the Museum is committed to helping all Americans look to the lessons of financial history, while taking charge of their own financial lives. In 1654 Connecticut physician Thomas Pell purchased land from the Siwanoy Indians upon which the mansion would eventually be built. A manor house was constructed in 1675 and served several generations of Pells before being burned during the Revolutionary War. Pell descendant Robert Bartow built his mansion here in 1842. New York City bought the estate in 1888 as part of its parks program. The last of many mansions that once graced the Pelham Bay Park area, the house was used by Mayor Fiorello La Guardia as a summer office in 1936. The architect is unknown.