See the Pistols that Burr and Hamilton Used in Their Fatal Shoot-Out

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Spoiler alert! As chronicled in the Broadway musical Hamilton, a life-long rivalry between Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton ends in a fatal duel, leaving the latter dead. A recreation of the pistols that they used in the real-life encounter are now on display at New-York Historical Society.

The display is part of a special exhibition titled "The Illustrious Career of Alexander Hamilton," which is running through Nov. 29. It features numerous documents from the Gilder Lehrman Collection representing key moments in Hamilton's life and showing his lasting contribution to the founding of the United States. "From his appearance on the $10 bill to Lin-Manuel Miranda's award-winning musical Hamilton, Alexander Hamilton has made unique claims on the American imagination," states the Historical Society.

As reported in the New York Times, the pistols, on loan from JPMorgan Chase & Company, were last publicly exhibited in 2011. The museum is also honoring Ron Chernow, the author of the biography "Alexander Hamilton," and Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator of the musical, at a fund-raising dinner on Nov. 9.

New-York Historical Society is located at 170 Central Park West at Richard Gilder Way. For more information visit

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