Money Museum at the Federal Reserve Bank

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Money Museum at the Federal Reserve Bank

Money Museum at the Federal Reserve Bank
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Where can you take your picture with a million bucks? Create your own currency? Try your hand at managing inflation? These are just some of the interactive activities available at the Money Museum at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.We're open Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (except Bank holidays, when we are closed). If you want to learn a bit more about the Fed, come for our 1 p.m. guided tour (allow about 45 minutes). Admission is always free. The best part: you'll walk away with about $300 in cash--shredded, of course.
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Neighbourhood: Downtown / The Loop
Often visitors' first stop in Chicago, The Loop is a good starting point to sample the city's energy and flavor. This central business district boasts Michelin-rated restaurants, upscale hotels, premier shopping, and enough arresting architecture to keep your camera busy for hours. You won’t find too many photo galleries of downtown Chicago without a shot of Millennium Park and Cloud Gate (“The Bean”), one of the most iconic landmarks in the city. A stunning skyline coupled with cultural attractions like the Art Institute of Chicago present a Downtown where work and play peacefully coexist.
How to get there
  • Quincy • 2 min walk
  • LaSalle/Van Buren • 2 min walk

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B1714D
Belgrade, Serbia12,523 contributions
Apr 2022
For some reason they still did not open this museum, despite the Covid's over.
It was another disappointment just minutes after the first one at Rookery building (read that review).
So, if planning to visit double check by phone in order not to waste your time like us.
Written 22 May 2022
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Lynn N
Concord, MA11 contributions
Aug 2019
I would recommend this museum to all ages. The federal staff of all jobs and responsibilities volunteer for an informational talk in a meeting room. We had a gentleman who was up the corporate ladder who loved to talk. He was delightful and funny.

The museum is small and the space is used wisely. Go see a million dollars. Or pick up free money (shredded) Get educated.
Written 10 July 2020
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J2228
Liverpool, UK12 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
If you are in town you should visit this museum it’s very interesting and it’s also free. There is a cube of 1 million dollars and also some free shredded money.
Written 3 March 2020
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M G
Atlanta, GA12 contributions
Feb 2020
This museum is a great place to learn about the history of the US money system. There are interactive exhibits, a short movie and even shredded money to take home. Its free!
Written 15 February 2020
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Emily S
1 contribution
Jan 2020 • Couples
My husband and I really enjoyed this!! Definitely check it out! Free, fun, and lots of good info. Especially cool if you love Hamilton!
Written 24 January 2020
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Kelli
Keller, TX646 contributions
Jan 2020 • Friends
I stopped in with a friend because we are huge Hamilton fans and we’d heard there was a little Alexander Hamilton exhibit. We weren’t expecting much, but we were pleasantly surprised. There’s quite a few hands-on exhibits and we had a great time learning about spotting counterfeit, the details on paper money, and when money should be shredded. We even got free baggies of real shredded money and printed picture of ourselves with a case of a million dollars. That’s pretty big value for a free museum! It’s not large, but you could spend about an hour here if you read every plaque and played every game. We had a great time!
Written 11 January 2020
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Keenomanjaro
Croydon, UK181 contributions
Aug 2019 • Couples
This small museum on the ground floor of the Federal Reserve Bank, is a shrine to all things monetary. Much of the museum is given over to the way currencies developed over time and were affected by various global events, with plenty of old coins, bank notes and other such historical artefacts to illustrate this. The other half of the museum is full of eye-catching displays such as the cube holding a million one dollar bills and the game that allows you to take control of the nation's purse-strings. You can get a picture taken with a million dollars and take home a bag of shredded bank notes too. We got chatting to a very friendly lady working here, who told us a lot about the museum and had some funny stories about the questions kids ask when they visit on school trips. This was a lot more fun than I expected and a nice way to pass a bit of time in the heart of the financial district.
Written 10 January 2020
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hfitzger
United States267 contributions
Dec 2019
I hadn't been to this museum since I was a kid in the 80s, but happened to be in the area with husband and 2 teenage boys in tow, and thought we'd take a look.

Free museum with a little bit of something for everyone-- more to read/see/learn for adults, and some interactive exhibits to keep the kids learning, but also entertained.

Don't miss the free Fed Shreds shredded money packs as a souvenir and also the opportunity to take/print a photo of you with a suitcase of lots of $$!

Because this is located within the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, be prepared to go through a thorough security screening before entering the museum.
Written 4 January 2020
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Paul
9 contributions
Dec 2019 • Family
Great experience with an informative presentation. Nice to see how much a million dollars looks like.
Written 30 December 2019
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Brian B
Dallas, TX129 contributions
Dec 2019
So glad we stopped by here! Free, fairly short, entertaining for everyone in the family, and not crowded. Who doesn’t like lookin at 10,000 bills or taking their picture with a million bucks?
Written 2 December 2019
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