Chicago Fed's Money Museum
What You'll See
Exhibits and interactive displays
- Real historical currency and artifacts that tell the story of the United States dollar
- Treasures like a preserved pine tree shilling from colonial America and notes from the U.S. Civil War
- Games and simulations that allow you to interact with the roles and responsibilities of the central bank of the United States, the Federal Reserve
- Save the economy as you try your hand at Monetary Policy decision-making in “The Fed Needs You” exhibit
- Help payments run smoothly as you choose which bills to shred and step into the shoes of a Secret Service agent to detect counterfeits
- Learn about the Fed’s role in helping banks run safely and soundly as you take the perspective of a bank manager in our “Banker Challenge” game
The Money Museum is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 5:00pm, except on Bank holidays. You should plan about 45 minutes for a self-guided visit.
The Money Museum is located on the first floor of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago at 230 South LaSalle Street, the corner of Jackson and LaSalle.
Daily Guided Visit at 1pm
Monday – Friday at 1pm, we offer a guided visit which lasts roughly 30 minutes. Reservations are not needed; simply show up at 1:00 to join the group. The guided visit includes:
- A presentation about the functions and responsibilities of the Federal Reserve System from a Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago ambassador
- A short video about what we do at the Chicago Fed
- A Q&A session following the video and talk
The Money Museum is wheel chair accessible. Wheel chairs are not provided. Exhibits are ADA compliant.
Photo ID requirement
All adult visitors 18 years and older must show a valid, government-issued photo ID before entering the Money Museum.
All individuals visiting the Money Museum will be subject to the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago's screening process. The following items are not allowed in the Museum. This includes, but is not limited to:
- Fire arms, stun guns, knives (including large pocket knives), utility/box cutters
- Pepper spray or mace
- Illegal drugs
- Other illegal or potentially dangerous or destructive items
Prohibited items, not illegal, that are detected will be placed in a container, marked with owner’s name, and returned at the end of the visit. Illegal items that are detected will be confiscated and not returned to the owner.
At no time are firearms allowed into the Museum regardless of concealed carry status. Individuals may not store them and will be asked to leave the premises.
The Money Museum is most appropriate for junior high school students and above. Museum staff members are not able to accommodate groups of children under third grade. School groups are encouraged to have at least one adult chaperone for every ten students age 17 or younger. Reservations are highly encouraged for all student groups with 15 or more attendees. If you do not have a reservation, your group may be turned away if the museum is at capacity.
Read about Nearby Attractions to see our recommendations for additional stops on your field trip.
Reservations for guided visits are offered for groups with 15 or more people. A guided visit lasts approximately 1 hour and includes a presentation geared to your group about the Federal Reserve System, a short video, Q&A session, and time to explore the museum exhibits.
Reservations are offered Monday - Friday at 9am, 10am, 11am, 2pm, 3pm, or 4pm and can be made up to six months in advance. Click here to book a reservation for a group with 15-49 people. For groups larger than 49 people, divide your group and schedule separate visits for each group, or contact the Money Museum team. If you do not have a reservation, your group may be turned away if the museum is at capacity.
- See military currency from three different wars
- Learn about the history of U.S. currency
- Discover the origins of the Federal Reserve
- Check out $50,000 in coins
- Try your hand at detecting counterfeit notes
- Create your own money
- Decide whether currency should be shredded
- View rare currency from our museum's collection
- Stand next to the $1 million cube
- Test your skill at being head of the Fed
- Find out what $1 million in $20 bills looks like
- Get a souvenir photo with $1 million
- See how we keep currency in good condition