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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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Simple, interactive, and informative

This little museum doesn't seem to receive a lot of attention in some of the Chicago literature. I found one mention of it in one of many brochures I had picked up. Finding... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This little museum doesn't seem to receive a lot of attention in some of the Chicago literature. I found one mention of it in one of many brochures I had picked up. Finding ourselves in that general area, we stopped in. The museum provided an elementary overview of what a Central Bank and the Federal Reserve are, and it provided... More 

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Wapakoneta, Ohio
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were in the loop area and decided to stop here before checking out of our hotel. It is well worth the time. INFO: Open 8:30 am - 5 pm Mon-Fri. Closed weekends Free admission Entrance is on LaSalle St near the corner of Jackson Blvd Adults need photo ID to enter (drivers license works) Free souvenir bag of shredded... More 

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Mumbai, India
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very good museum to visit in Chicago. Its free to visit there, lot of fun with the old currency of USA. You will feel billionaire there by clicking your pics with lot of notes and other forms of currency. You can even see yourself in the US dollars ;) You can bring home some pieces of shredded US dollars too... More 

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Aurora, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place was weird and fun! I don't imagine it is on every Chicago visitor's must do on vacation list, but it should be because it is interesting. Plus, it isn't every day that you actually get to see a million dollars in real life. Besides that they have a lot of interactive displays, compelling information about the history of... More 

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Spokane, Washington
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Reviewed 21 April 2017

We arrived on time for the 1:00 movie they present with facts and history on money. Be prepared that in visiting the museum you will need to pass through security screening so allow time for that if you are attending the tour at 1:00 daily. We watched the movie with the facts and a lot of information on the Federal... More 

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Glen Ellyn, Illinois
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Reviewed 9 April 2017 via mobile

Spring break 2017 and we took our kids one rainy day. I cannot tell you how happy we were with everything. The kids were engaged and they learned a great deal about our systems and processes. Win-win!! After two hours of enjoyment we left with a bag of shredded money. The entire family loved this place. We highly recommend it!!

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Statesville, North Carolina
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Reviewed 9 April 2017

Worth a visit especially if you have children. Displays are well done with many being interactive. Can see everything in 30-45 minutes plus it is free.

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Reviewed 6 April 2017 via mobile

a nice quick stop-completely free& even free souvenirs. a bag of shredded money & printed pic with a million dollars. my teenage son thought it was neat but did get bored fairly quick which isn't saying a lot. teenagers can be hard to amuse. lots of historical information. definitely check it out if you're in the area! i don't think... More 

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Columbia, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 April 2017

Growing up in a family of 8, my mom always looked for the cheap or free things to do with us. This is perfect for kids, very informative for adults, and pretty neat to see. There's a place to have your picture taken with a million dollars, a dollar coin changer to get the newest coin, and a few other... More 

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Providence, Rhode Island
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Reviewed 2 April 2017

When you leave they will give you a souvenir of a bag of shredded money. That alone makes it worth it.

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