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Financial Crisis Tour
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Tom with Wall Street tour group
Tour group inside Wall Street
Skyscrapers of the Financial District in Lower Manhattan

Financial Crisis Tour

Learn what really happened in the 2008 economic collapse

This is our most in-depth, highly acclaimed tour of Wall Street. Learn how the financial crisis unraveled and how some traders made billion-dollar profits while some banks collapsed. And hear it from the people who lived it.

$50

$40 for kids 4-12
Free for kids under 4

10 AM

Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Friday

2 hours

Tour duration

15 Broad Street

Getting here

Experience

Get the truth about the financial collapse straight from Wall Street veterans.

Learn the difference between a CDO and a CDS, and how these two acronyms nearly destroyed the economy.

Hear what really brought down the “too big to fail” organizations like Bear Stearns, Lehman, and AIG.

Discover the rich history of Lower Manhattan, from the first Dutch settlers to the birth of a nation.

See the New York Stock Exchange, Federal Hall, The House of Morgan, and other architectural wonders.

Our insiders

All our Wall Street tours are led by experts with insider knowledge from working in the trenches. They’ll educate, entertain, and surprise you!

Andrew
Andrew

Former Vice President at Deutsche Bank

Tom
Tom

Worked on Wall Street since 2000

Michael
Michael

Worked in M&A with Goldman Sachs and Skadden Arps

James
James

Investment advisor with 50 years of experience

Ben
Ben

An investor and day trader bilingual in French and English

Tony
Tony

Worked for Barclays Investment Bank and more

Reviews

There are a lot of interesting things that you would never find out about unless you had a knowledgeable guide... His background as a trader allowed him to give an informed and thorough account of Wall Street culture, attitude, and lifestyle.

Neil, London

We learned so much from Jon White. Not just the history, but the real boots-on-the-ground view of the world of investment. Jon gave us a clear understanding of the financial meltdown and how to avoid the noise of financial information and get to the real indicators.

Tommy, New York

I was seriously impressed with George's knowledge and his ability to convey it to a mixed group. It is one thing to wander around the buildings in the Wall Street area without knowing what goes on there but quite another to walk around with George and hear about the inside story.

Philipp, Germany

More about this tour

The 2008 Financial Crisis was the most devastating financial shock to hit the country since the Great Depression. Effects from the fallout rocked the world — yet still today, much of what happened remains shrouded in mystery. We’re here to change that.

Step behind the facade of Wall Street and hear true stories of the collapse from the people who lived them. Our guides are former traders, bankers, and others with insider knowledge of the major players and events. With engaging visuals and clear language, they’ll explain the decisions made and demystify the crash.

The history of Wall Street is filled with booms and busts. Walk with us through the cobblestone streets of lower Manhattan and hear stories of great achievement and great tragedy even before the 2008 crisis. Stand on the site of the city’s first terrorist attack. Learn about the skyscraper race in the concrete jungle. See the Charging Bull and hear how it ended up here by surprise.

And learn what really happened back in 2008 when the American and global economies collapsed. By the end of the tour, you’ll understand the dangerous methods that undermined the market leading up to the crash and the reasons they seemed so appealing at the time.

FAQs

Do I need to understand finance to enjoy this tour?
You don’t need to have a financial background to enjoy our tours, though we find people who have an interest in finance tend to love this tour. We also offer our Wall Street Insider Tour for a more general overview of the NYC Financial District. For both tours, our guides narrate without industry lingo, and questions are always encouraged.

Is this tour accessible?
Yes, this tour is accessible for wheelchairs and strollers. We cover about 1 mile or 1.6 kilometers.

Does this tour go inside the NYSE?
This tour doesn’t go inside the New York Stock Exchange, which has been closed to visitors since 2001. We’ll talk about this institution in detail as we view it from the outside.

Where does the tour end?
This tour ends at Federal Reserve Bank on Liberty Street and Nassau Street, about 5 blocks from the meeting location.

What about the weather?
Our tours run rain or shine, so please check the forecast in advance and plan accordingly. In winter, we definitely recommend bundling up and wearing extra layers. If we cancel the tour due to extreme weather conditions, we’ll offer you the chance to reschedule or receive a refund.

What is the refunds and rescheduling policy?
You can reschedule or transfer your ticket if you are unable to make the tour. We’re also happy to refund your ticket if you let us know 48 hours before your tour start time.

What is your gratuities policy?
Tips are always appreciated by our guides but never expected. They should be given if you believe your guide did an outstanding job and want to show your appreciation.

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Getting Here

Meeting point: In front of 15 Broad Street

By subway

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Take the subway to Wall Street. Walk 1 block over to Broad Street.

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Take the subway to Fulton Street. Walk 6 blocks south to Broad Street.

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Take the subway to Rector Street. Walk 3 blocks east to Broad Street and Wall Street.

By car

Only paid parking spaces. Not recommended due to unpredictable traffic which may cause you to miss the tour.

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$50 per adult

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  • Expert guides

    With firsthand Wall Street experience

  • Worry-free booking

    Flexible scheduling and refunds