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Explore the history of money by visiting a Fed museum

The Federal Reserve System plays an important role in managing complex financial and economic policies – and you can learn more about this in a fun way by visiting one of the Federal Reserve Bank money museums across the country.

Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia

Money in Motion (Off-site) is a permanent exhibit at the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia that tells the story of central banking in the United States. History comes alive throughout this exhibit, as Philadelphia was home to the very first U.S. bank.

Visitors can view currencies from the original 13 colonies, listen to a futuristic teller describe the payments system and see a 25-foot tower of shredded bank notes totaling $100 million.

Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

After a three-year pandemic hiatus, the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago’s Money Museum (Off-site) reopened this spring. Located in downtown Chicago, the museum features a variety of exhibits focused on economics, money and the role of the Federal Reserve.

Visitors can try to detect counterfeit notes, learn what a million dollars looks like and view rare currencies on display. The museum also includes displays on the history of the Chicago Federal Reserve Bank and the nationwide Federal Reserve System.

Check out the links below to learn more about additional Federal Reserve money museums across the System: