There was no photography allowed in the museum, but a view of one of the copies of the Magna Carta documents on exhibit at The National Archives in Washington. DC can be seen at this link. The Magna Carta was displayed in a new, $70,000 vacuum-sealed display case similar to the one in the photograph above. An interesting story about how it was transported to the United States for this exhibit can be read on this New York Times page.A major part of the Fraunces Tavern Museum collection is from the Revolutionary War period, and includes weapons, documents, and historic relics such as a lock of Washington's hair and one of his false teeth. The Long Room in the museum, as seen in the historical placard above, is the location where George Washington gave his emotional speech to his officers before retiring to his home in Virginia.
As part of the "Foundations of Freedom" component of the Magna Carta, in an exhibit in the Mesick Gallery, there is a display of great documents of American history which are also very inspiring to see. Among them are:
- General George Washington's last minute orders as he leaves for Yorktown
- A page of Thomas Newall' war diary of the Battle Of Bunker Hill
- Emma Lazarus handwritten ode to the Statue of Liberty entitled "The New Colossus," a portion of which is inscribed on a plaque on the base of the statue
- John Hancock's "No Taxation Without Representation" circular protest letter.
- A copy of the Declaration of Independence and other documents
It is now a perfect opportunity to see it again before it returns to England, and I hope if you are a New Yorker, or visiting New York, that you will plan a visit to Frances Tavern to see this historic document that changed the world! Check the museum's web site on how to order tickets.