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Museum of American Finance

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Address: 48 Wall Street, Ok, New York City, NY 10005 (Formerly Museum of American Financial History)
Phone Number: 212-908-4110
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Neat little museum in downtown

I did the full museum in a little over an hour and a half. For $8 it gives a nice overview of the banking, securities trading, currency systems and the Federal Reserve. They have... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 22, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

I did the full museum in a little over an hour and a half. For $8 it gives a nice overview of the banking, securities trading, currency systems and the Federal Reserve. They have a neat collection of American currency from pre-1776 to today. If you're interesting in understanding how finance works it's a neat way to explore. If you... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

It was only $8 and it has nice bathrooms - it was a good excuse to stop off, take a break from our touring and cool down in the hot weather. It is not extensive in its artifacts and materials, but it does have some interesting relics and history on the history of banking in the United States.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

In the Manhattan financial district there are basically two things for visitors to do: get your picture taken with the famous bull and visit the Museum of American Finance. The museum has some interesting artifacts, such as old ticker tape machines and other tech from across the ages, solid gold monopoly board and other things like a variety of money.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

A slightly smaller museum place on Wall Street, but would recommend a visit if you are interested in how the financial market works. (The relatively cheap price, $8, makes up for the smaller size of the museum.) Expect a lot of text and a few well produced videos. Note that this place is probably not for everyone though.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

Great smaller museum! The short 30 minute tour was worth the time and the information displayed was informative. Worth an hour of time especially for older children and teens. The gift shop has some neat items but unfriendly staff.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

If you have read any of my other reviews of Wall Street, you will realize that there is little to actually see on Wall Street. The exceptions are Federal Hall and the Museum of American Finance. If you have dedicated time to see Wall Street, you might as well offer an hour of it to this museum. Somewhat out of... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

If you are interested in the world of finance this museum is a must see. Located in a former Bank of New York branch near the NYSE, the architecture inside the old bank alone is worth the visit. The exhibits give an excellant overview of finances from the founding of the US and if you take the time to read... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Went there because my girlfriend was interested in it, but was completely blown away. Fantastic and a museum of a completely normal size. Could see everything with some details in 3 hours.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

Do not visit this venue without calling to verify that they will be open and for how long! I really enjoyed my visit to this museum, but I would have liked to spend more time there. We arrived on a Tuesday at around noon and were taking in the fascinating exhibits when, at about 1pm, a woman rushed up and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

This is a relatively small museum, but is very informative and has a comprehensive range of interesting displays. The building itself (former Bank of New York headquarters) is worth seeing. We had a great time, helped by having a tour guide with a good sense of humour as he related some of the more infamous parts of America's financial history.

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At the southernmost tip of Manhattan, the Financial District is where New York City began as a center of commerce. Today, the historic streets and beautiful setting are complemented by museums, countless skyscrapers, and the heart of the Financial District, home to Wall Street and the New York Stock Exchange. Catch the Staten Island Ferry for an unbeatable view of the skyline and Statue of Liberty, or sail to Ellis Island to learn about the vital immigrant history of the city.
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