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“its as close to a million dollars as I will ever get”

Money Museum at the Federal Reserve Bank
Ranked #37 of 711 things to do in Chicago
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 6 April 2018

We stumbled upon this place on the Hop on Hop off tour. Very cool and a great way to learn about the US money system. Oddly enough we were to see Hamilton - the Play and made the connection between him as the picture on the US $10 bill and the story line of the play. Give it 40 minutes and you'll walk away glad you did. Warning - it is a US Government building so you do have to go through a short security scan/bag search.

Thank DMC90
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Reviewed 5 April 2018

This small museum inside the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago on S. LaSalle St. proved to be an enjoyable hour-long activity. After going thru airport-style security conducted by a heavily-armed but friendly guard, we entered the ground floor museum. On the day of our visit there were quite a few visitors, perhaps due to spring break. It had 9 different small exhibits about the Federal Reserve Bank's history, functions and the American banking system. It sounds boring but it wasn't. All the touch screens seemed to be in working order which is more than you can say for most museums. There were interactive exhibits on touch screens, including quizzes you could take, photo ops and interesting old coinage and paper currency.

And it's free!

Thank CultureVulture60657
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Reviewed 23 March 2018

It is a short walking distance from the Willis Tower and we stopped here on our downtown walking tour. It is free and anyone over 18 needs to show a driver license to get in to the museum. When you walk into the lobby you are greeted by a friendly receptionist. She sent us over to the security guard who was equally as a friendly. He checked our driver licenses and we had to go through a metal detector and had our bags scanned, it is just like the airport security. No pictures allowed in the lobby but once inside the museum, we were allowed to pictures.

You can take pictures next to a glass cube with 1 million dollar in ones, or a glass dome with 1 million in twenties or a briefcase with 1 million dollars in hundreds. There is a floor exhibit with $50000 in coins. It is a fun museum with many interactive exhibits for the family. We tried the exhibit that checked our money with UV light and back light to look for the security bar and hidden watermarks, another to test our knowledge of money, or to see if you can tell a fake or real bill, etc…

There were exhibits that showed the emergence of money from Colonial America to present day. You can see rare bills such as the $5000 or $10000. You can take a bag of shredded money (approx. $364) as a souvenir. Loved it and went home and showed my friends that the Feds gave me a bag of money.

Thank Betty C
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Reviewed 15 March 2018

I never knew the city had a Money Museum at the Federal Reserve. It was FREE and we spent 2-hours there including a 1:00 p.m. presentation about it! It was appropriate for older elementary school children through adults.

There was a special exhibit about Alexander Hamilton, as well as a million bucks on display (in a few different versions). They had a great exhibit where you try to identify counterfeit money, and a great Rube Goldberg machine depicting the Federal Reserve and what it does.

There was also an chance to get packaged shredded money #FREE, and a photo of you (that they give you a printed copy of) with a million dollars #FREE.

The staff were SUPER nice!

You do have to go through airport-style security (x-ray machines, conveyor belts, etc.). But, it didn't take too long at all!

Definitely worthwhile and close to Union Station/Willis Tower!

3  Thank SmokeyBlueTulle
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Reviewed 26 February 2018

Stumbled across this little museum by accident (only went in to ask directions) and the security guard invited us into the museum. We did need to show photo ID to get in but was really worth it. Its not the biggest but was very cool to see not 1 but 3 lots of a million dollars!!! and you could take as many photos as you liked and got a couple of free souvenirs.

2  Thank Dave B
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