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Review of Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
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Atlanta Segway Tour: Midtown Sightseeing
Ranked #39 of 281 things to do in Atlanta
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The museum features a display on the history of money; interactive, multimedia exhibits explaining the Federal Reserve's role in the economy; and a view of the bank's automated vault and cash processing areas. In addition, most group tours include a stop in the bank's boardroom. A tour of the museum provides in-depth lessons on the role of the Federal Reserve in the U.S. economy. Then, you can take a look inside our cash-processing operations, where millions of dollars are counted, sorted, or shredded daily. You'll also get a glimpse into the bank's automated vault and see the robotic transports that do the heavy lifting.
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Very Interesting Tour”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2010

Great refresher course on the money and banking industry.

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“Hidden gem”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2010

We loved our self guided tour at the federal reserve. It was very interesting with a lot of interactive stuff.
Never thought I would get a chance to feel the weight of a bar of gold or see a crate with a couple of million dollars in fives.
Don't forget to take your little bag of money home with you.

3 Thank marijke1974
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Boston, MA
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“Great exhibit for adults”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2010

First off, thanks to previous reviewers (what you guys said are very accurate). I checked out the website first and it says to call for a tour - there is no need for calling. When entering the building, you go thru security screening first, then go to the front desk to get a temp badge after showing an ID. Any bags and cameras have to be put away in a locker (free and keys provided).

The 'History of Money' exhibit (about 9 glass cabinets side-by-side) was very interesting and informative. It shows a number of rare forms of money from antiquity in other countries. I read the description in each cabinet and really enjoyed all the info and the artifacts. I'd say this alone took about 20 min. I'd think kids younger than 12 wouldn't enjoy this bit (at least not for more than 3 min).

Other features that I enjoyed (other reviews already mentioned these): displays that teach how to spot counterfeit money, the $100000 bills, the gold brick, the money transport AGV's and seeing a part of FRB's internal operation (although you really can't see much).

The interactive displays are a bit dated IMO. I think the FRB in Philly has a much more modern exhibit in this regard. This was a good stopover for an afternoon (it was way too hot to do anything outdoors). Suggest planning 45 min for this. It's located across the street from the Margaret Mitchell house. If you're visiting, you can go to both in one trip.

10 Thank mmyk72
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Portland, Maine
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“interesting and educational - definitely worth a visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 June 2010

My husband and I visited The Federal Reserve on a Thursday afternoon in April - we were lucky to be only two of four people at the time. I can imagine the security measures take a while when it's crowded. You are required to check all of your belongings in a free locker, which is actually kind of nice, so you don't have to carry it around. The museum isn't huge, but there is a ton to look at and read. We arrived about an hour before closing and we were allowed to walk around until after closing. The free bag of shredded money is a cute souvenir.

4 Thank Laura730
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Austin, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Great presentations”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2010

Nice presentations about the history of money, the role of the Federal Reserve banks in the nation's monetary system, spotting counterfeit bills, and how money is currently used. I loved the cash processing center where you can see employees sorting, counting, and bundling money. You also get to see robotic forklifts haul carts of money between the vault and cash processing center. As an added bonus, you get to take home a bag of cash - as dollar bills become worn they are shredded and placed in bags for visitors to take. And the entire museum is free.

A few things to keep in mind:
* The museum is open only on weekdays
* You will go through security (all bags are searched) and receive a visitor's badge
* Photography is not allowed

9 Thank Stephen L
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