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Money Museum at the Federal Reserve Bank

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Address: 230 S La Salle St, Chicago, IL 60604-1413
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Where can you take your picture with a million bucks? Create your own...

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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Cool, Free Museum

This really was a great little stop on our tour of Chicago. We spent 45 minutes to an hour walking around. It really isn't very big, but had some interesting statistics about... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Largo, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This really was a great little stop on our tour of Chicago. We spent 45 minutes to an hour walking around. It really isn't very big, but had some interesting statistics about paper money and what the Federal Reserve does. The museum has great, interactive displays and activities. Just know that you do need ID, drivers license or passport to... More 

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Chicago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great little museum. Very educational. Small, so it's not one you'll spend hours at, but you can definitely spend an hour there, if you read a lot of what is shown on the exhibits. There's not much hands-on, but the giant 4x4x4 glass cube of dollar bills (one million) is worth standing next to and getting your picture taken. Might... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This small museum really packs a lot of information. In order to enter, they require a photo ID and a basic security check. After entering the museum, you are greeted with tons of interactive displays and lots money in different forms. Interestingly, they have 3 million dollars on display in $1, $20, and $100. It's incredible to see so much... More 

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Glen Ellyn, Illinois, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I went to the Money Museum for the first time yesterday. I mainly went to get out of the cold. I had to go through security like one would do at the airport, and someone did check my ID. I enjoyed the small museum. There were some great interactive exhibits. I also got a free picture of myself with a... More 

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Neenah, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very cool little museum. You MUST have ID to go in, so don't forget yours at your hotel, etc. Suitable for anyone, including children. Very cool displays of money throughout US history. They have three different displays, each with a million dollars, which is really neat to see. They also have a huge amount of coins in the floor, also... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

fun little museum with some good information about money. Kids love it and you can take a photo of yourself with $1 mio.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2017

A don't miss especially if you like history and interesting facts. This was a last minute "let's go" and we were not disappointed. Very interactive and fun. Great for kids and teens too. You will learn something that you didn't know about our money management system in USA.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017

A great little place to kill an hour or so- especially with teens! And the admission price is right- FREE! In fact, te GIVE you money (although shredded....) If you DO go- you'll have done something that most Chicagoans have never done....It's just COOL.....

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Bolingbrook, IL
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2017

We loved this museum. It tells about the history of money used in the US. It also show a million dollars in différent $1, $20, and $100 denominations which was fun to see. As a souvenir everyone can take a bag of shredded dollars worth up to $352. We truly enjoyed the visit. I would recommend going in the late... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2017

The history of money and currency is very interesting - this is a must do for any history buff (or anyone into money!)

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