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Money Museum at the Federal Reserve Bank

230 S La Salle St, Chicago, IL 60604-1413
+1 312-322-2400
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Tis Death to Counterfeit

1771 New York colony one pound note has the above words of caution written in the bottom right. So... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Greenwich, Connecticut
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Fun & free museum

A great museum right in the middle of downtown with two unique aspects - free and no lines!! I... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
St. Paul, Minnesota
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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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230 S La Salle St, Chicago, IL 60604-1413
Downtown / The Loop
+1 312-322-2400
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

1771 New York colony one pound note has the above words of caution written in the bottom right. So cool. Just go. It is free and fast. Have attached a photo of the note.

Thank Reasonable50
Reviewed 3 days ago

A great museum right in the middle of downtown with two unique aspects - free and no lines!! I think we spent about an hour or so here, but it was interesting for all of us - adults, 15 and 11 year old. The exhibits...More

Thank MinnesotaAngie
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

A very different attraction which we all liked and learned from. Fun for adults and children alike. Important to carry a valid ID to gain access, if you're above 18 years old.

Thank Rina600
Reviewed 1 week ago

Museum is located 2 blocks from the Willis Tower Skydeck. You enter the lobby of the Chicago Federal Reserve Bank, and enter the museum to the left. You are required to go through airport level security (metal detector and X-Ray for bags). Inside is a...More

1  Thank Robert G
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were very surprised and pleased with this free money museum. Our kids loved the interactive and educational displays. They also loved seeing a million dollars and getting a bag of shredded money! It was a nice ad-on to our visit to Willis tower! Just...More

Thank SJAA1998
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Not part of original vacation plan, but became the rainy day back-up plan. Kept our family (2 adults & a 14 yo) entertained for a couple of hours. Don't miss the 1pm presentation. Various employees take turns talking (brief) followed by a short video. This...More

Thank Kristin_Hopper
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a great place to take the family. Interesting facts and information for both young and old, very inter-active and hands on and it's all free. You could easily spend 1 to 2 hours looking at, and reading all the exhibits. Very well put...More

Thank norma_gordon
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a small museum located inside the federal bank. A security officer opens the door for you. Prepare to show photo ID and have your bags checked. There are several interactive displays inside; my favorite was the station where you learn to identify real...More

1  Thank aarroyo9
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My family enjoyed the Money Museum at the Fed Reserve Bank of Chicago. I love that it opens at 8:30 so you can get a start on your day, as the time spent there is really only 45 min - 1 hour. They have many...More

Thank millekat02
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

You need photo id to get in so don't forget to take some. Inside is a well constructed path through the history of money and financial management in the USA which we found very interesting. There is also the million dollar money cube made up...More

1  Thank pacuthbertson
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25 November 2016|
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Response from Lia D | Reviewed this property |
Yes, it was closed on Thanksgiving. There is a list of their bank holidays on their website which I am not able to include in this comment since this site doesn't allow you to post website links as an answer.
2 September 2016|
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Response from ChiFed | Property representative |
Thank you for asking. Our museum is a self-guided tour. At 1 pm daily, a docent plays a short movie and discusses the Fed. There is also time for questions. We look forward to your visit!
28 December 2015|
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Response from RSGrosse1 | Reviewed this property |
Hello, it is not easy to understand your question; however, I can write that according to the Federal Reserve Bank, any money which is ripped or written on it destroyed. When you visit the Federal Reserve Bank you can take... More