The Money Museum at the Federal Reserve Bank - Denver Branch

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The Money Museum at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City – Denver Branch offers a unique and up-close look at the nation’s financial system in action. Visitors can learn more about the Fed, view aspects of the payments system and discover how the Fed promotes a healthy economy which positively impacts our daily lives.Admission is free.
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coachjfaulk
Cecilia, LA257 contributions
Excellent stop to pass a little time and learn a little bit about personal finance and the history of money. You can expect to spend about 30 minutes here as it is not a major attraction that eats up a lot of time. Not a must do in Denver, however it is free and offers an opportunity to learn about financial impacts and history.
Written March 22, 2020
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carrie1117
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Family
Glad we went here to waste time while waiting for our 1pm tour of the Mint. There were some great interactive exhibits! We even got a bag of shredded money to take for a suvinere. Not a huge place, but neat information.
Written January 19, 2020
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LandOrBySea
Friendswood, TX315 contributions
Couples
Had a free afternoon and couldn’t get into the Mint for a tour. This wasn’t bad for free. The most interesting displays to us was the history of different forms of printed money in our country. Many of the displays and the movie were geared towards children. I would’ve liked to have seen more specific info on how the Fed distributes money to banks, and how that all works.
Written February 16, 2020
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Don'tWaitForRetirement
California4,634 contributions
Couples
We could not get reservations at the Denver Mint (not without trying!) so the Denver Visitor Center recommended The Money Museum at the Federal Reserve Bank as an alternative. They Money Museum is easily accessible on the 16th Street Mall, right downtown.

There are a lot of bank notes on display from other countries, as well as U.S. bills through history -- it's interesting to see how they've changed. Another fun thing is you can have your photo taken with 30 million dollars or put your face in the 'Head-in-the-hole' photo opportunity. There are interactive things for children, a short film and lots of things to read and look at. Plus, you get a free bag of shredded money for coming ($165 in shredded money).

Also, don't forget to walk over the grates on the sidewalk outside -- you'll be surprised what sounds you might hear! Different vents have different sounds like waves or a subway train, etc.

Note: Be prepared for a bag x-ray and to show your ID when entering the museum.
Walk-ins welcome.

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Written June 30, 2015
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mazotti
Arvada, CO136 contributions
If you are curious about the Federal Reserve and what they do, this is an informative tour. Be aware that it is small, and geared more towards those with an interest in learning more about the Reserve. That being said, there are two types of tours - self-guided & guided tours. The self-guided tours allows you to walk-in anytime Mon-Fri 8:30 - 4:30 (except during bank holidays). The guided tour requires you to book online 2 weeks in advance for security reasons. With the guided tour you get to view the Cash Processing area. The guided tours other difference is having a tour guide explain in more in detail and readily answer questions.
For both tour options, there are educational displays that show the history of the Federal Reserve, American currency, how to detect a counterfeit bill and a representation of 30,000,000 dollars. There is a 15 minute movie that shows what the Federal Reserve does. You can also design your own money with several different templates to chose from. This was one of my children's favorite activities. They also liked the shredded money bag they received at the end of the tour.
If you are expecting it to be a large museum, perhaps like the one in Kansas City, it is not. It is however, informative and interesting for those with an interest.
Written July 30, 2011
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duck8to
Montville, NJ6,787 contributions
Couples
Located on 16th street, the Money Museum entrance is a 1/2 block down on the left side of the building. You have to show an ID or passport before you are admitted. Next a security scanner like the one's you see at the airport must be navigated. There are guided tours which require a 2 week pre- registration, I took the self tour. It's not a large museum with just four rooms but it does have some interesting displays. There are kiosks which illustrate what different ink marks stand for and how they are used to detect counterfeit currency, as well as, historic currency which are no longer in circulation. A clear case which holds 30,000,000 dollars in $100 dollar denominations was pretty cool. You can design your own currency with your picture on the bill using a rub on.. You can use your cellphone to scan QR codes to get audio explanations, standard rates apply. There is also a 20 minute video about the Federal Reserve System which was informative but I thought it needed updating. The Money Museum is free as is the free shuttle service on 16th street which can take you to the major attractions. You can get a free shredded bag of $165 dollars as you walk out. I did not take the bag. It is wheelchair accessible.
Written December 15, 2014
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vlgtampa2017
Tampa, FL14 contributions
Business
Free museum. Great for adults and kids -- kids could get a bag of shredded money. Lots of interesting U.S. bills over the time period that the Denver Federal Reserve has been in Denver.
Written March 5, 2018
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Andrew F
Commerce City, CO353 contributions
This is a great quick trip if you have an hour to kill. The displays of currency are very cool and they have some interactive things for the kids to do. If you don't know what the federal reserve does this is great.

A few tips all adults must have valid state issues ID and go through security so don't bring your trusty pocket knife.

Great tour and if you can find a meter it will not be longer than an hour.
Written April 10, 2015
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NoSuchWordAsCant
Denver, CO11 contributions
The money museum consists of two rooms and barely deserves the title of "museum." The first room has two exhibits. The first -- and arguably the most interesting -- is a sort of "paper money of the US through history" exhibit. While legitimately interesting, it is poorly executed. The bills are mounted on the wall and you can alternate between squinting at them and reading a few sentences about them in a pamphlet.

The second exhibit in the main room is a bunch of informational plaques with a few sentences about the federal reserve bank. There is also a "design your own money" station for the kids. Frankly, Wikipedia could probably give you a better overview of the federal reserve system and bank.

The second room contains a looping 20 minute video about the history of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. While informative, it is once again not worth a trip to this museum to see.

On the way out, you do indeed get a small, fist-sized bag of shredded money.

Note that to get in you need to show photo Id (passport or state id or drivers license), and pass through a metal detector. There is no entrance fee.

If you have nothing better to do for 15-30 minutes while wandering down 16th street, it's a fine place to stop in. I would definitely NOT recommend this for children as they'd probably be bored to tears. I'd also not recommend going out of your way to see this museum.
Written January 22, 2015
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BMAZ1538
25 contributions
Family
Riding up and down the 16th Street Mall Ride, we saw a sign for The Money Museum. We decided to stop in and surprisingly spent 30 minutes looking at the exhibits. My daughter was excited to get a free bag of shredded money as a souvenir as well as make a customized currency bill. My family enjoyed this attraction and would recommend it as a stop if you have the time.
Written August 3, 2019
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