Please note: This exhibit is currently closed to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the virtual exhibit is available at www.archives.nyc/ebb-flow.
NEW YORK, NY — On March 5, the Museum of American Finance and the New York City Department of Records and Information Services will open a new exhibit, “Ebb & Flow: Tapping into the History of New York City’s Water.”
New York City is famous for having clean, great-tasting drinking water. Approximately 7,000 miles of water mains, tunnels and aqueducts use gravity to bring water to the five boroughs from a watershed that extends more than 125 miles and comprises 19 reservoirs and three lakes.
“Ebb & Flow” explores the more than 200-year history of the city’s efforts to build one of the world’s finest water supply systems. The exhibit includes the fascinating story of how a private water company, founded by Aaron Burr in 1799, evolved into the largest bank in the United States today.
“Ebb and Flow: Tapping into the History of New York City’s Water”
On View: March 5 – September 1, 2020
Location: NYC Municipal Archives, 1st Floor Gallery, 31 Chambers Street, Manhattan
Opening hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday: 9 am to 4:30 pm
Thursday: 9 am to 6 pm
Alternate Saturdays: 9:30 am to 4 pm – full schedule here.
About the Museum of American Finance
As a socially relevant organization, the Museum of American Finance seeks to improve understanding of the influence of financial institutions and capital markets on the US and global economies, and on individuals’ lives. The nation’s only independent museum dedicated to finance and financial history educates the public through exhibits, financial literacy programs and public events. The Museum, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, seeks to empower individuals of all backgrounds to strive toward financial independence, while encouraging curiosity and discovery. For more information, visit www.moaf.org or connect with the Museum on Facebook or Twitter.
About the NYC Municipal Archives
The Municipal Archives preserves and makes available New York City government's historical records dating to the 17th century. Its online gallery provides research access to over 1.7 million items digitized from the vast holdings, click here.
Kristin Aguilera, Deputy Director
Museum of American Finance