Inside the Economy Museum at the Federal Reserve Bank

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Inside the Economy Museum at the Federal Reserve Bank

Inside the Economy Museum at the Federal Reserve Bank
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9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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The economy. We hear about it every day, but how much do we actually know about it? The award-winning Inside the Economy(R) Museum inside the historic Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis will immerse you in a one-of-a-kind experience that explains the economy, and your role in it, in a fun and interactive way. Engage in a hands-on journey through nearly 100 exhibits that are brought to life through interactive displays, games, sculptures and videos.
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gandersonsc
Rock Hill, SC220 contributions
May 2022
Very cool with lots of interactive displays, a huge penny and a free bag of shredded cash! There is a very small gift shop with some nick-knacks. We went to the one in Atlanta several years ago (pre-covid) and this one is totally different so don't hesitate if you've already visited a Federal Reserve before. There is a parking deck next door on 4th. Museum admission is free. Employees are super friendly. Tip...bring your Covid Vaccine card, it is currently required for entry (May 2022).
Written May 27, 2022
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CleopatraBunny
Flagstaff, AZ1,626 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
Ever wanted to hold a gold bar? Here, you can! Great interactive exhibits that explain our economy that people of all ages will like. Free and no reservations needed but you must show proof of vaccinations and have photo ID to pass through security to get in. Nice little gift shop at the end with a free bag of shredded money to take as a souvenir!
Written May 14, 2022
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tpalshadow
Mason City, IA9 contributions
Oct 2014 • Solo
There is a very new museum that actually lets you go inside the Reserve. First let me say I think there should be an actual attraction listed for this museum but I'll place it here because I don't see one. In fact, the only way I knew there was something to visit was the sign outside the building.

The museum is obviously very new and you can tell when you first walk in. I believe you use the same entrance that employees use so there are guards and metal detectors. This can be intimidating, but the guards were very friendly and helpful. You can tell they are new to this though! I had a pocket knife which they let me check and pick up when my visit was over. Any bags and items must be scanned much like airline travel. You also need to provide a photo ID for any adults and minors must be accompanied. (No photos in this area...ask me how I know!) After a brief way you are paged through the next set of doors. You go to the right and up stairs (more signage would be helpful!) and are greeted by a very enthusiastic employee who ushered you in to a brief video outlining the museum. From there you enter the museum which is visited at your own pace.

The modern look of the exhibits are in start contrast to the old world architecture of the building, but everything is very tasteful. This is what I would call an educational museum outlining the function the Federal Reserve plays in our economy. There are various electronic games and informational stations which help you learn, if you choose to participate. There is also video playing every 10 minutes which is very interesting.

There is a gift shop on the way out (which was not completed at the time of my visit) and every visitor receives an interesting gift on the way out! You also get to see and take a photo with a cube that shows what $1 million dollars would look like.

Overall this is a stop that is worth making and will not take up a large chunk of your day.
Written October 21, 2014
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Lukos326
Delaware, OH11 contributions
Feb 2015 • Friends
I was really expecting the traditional "Money Museum" experience when going to this museum. I figured it was a great way to waste a half hour. I was shocked by this amazing museum. A half hour? You could easily enjoy spending hours in there. It was incredibly educational, but presented in a way that was fun and fantastically interactive. Don't let the museum's name fool you. Most people think of economics as "the dismal science". They have created a fun and visually stimulating way to present economics that will both appeal to children and adults alike. It is a "must see" when in Saint Louis. Bravo to the Federal Reserve Bank of Saint Louis, you have created a master piece. Best of all, it's free!
Written March 1, 2015
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Andrew M
Chichester, UK876 contributions
Jul 2015
I admit that I was not sure about visiting the Economy Museum at the Federal Reserve Bank as there are plenty of other sights to see in St. Louis.

However, I am glad that we did. It has a great many interesting, interactive displays on the background to the Reserve and the value of the dollar compared with the earning potential of various jobs.

We even got given a bag of dollar bills (shredded) to take home as a souvenir.
Written April 26, 2016
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glofran
Imperial, MO1 contribution
Dec 2015 • Friends
This is one of the more interesting "free museums" I have been to. Emphasis on education so it's a great place to bring children. I would recommend it to anyone interested in knowing more about money and the economy.
Written December 29, 2015
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joycea233
Tampa, FL99 contributions
Nov 2015 • Couples
I am fairly familiar with the Federal Reserve system and I really enjoyed this. But, if I weren't familiar, I would still have enjoyed it. There is much to learn and it barely scratches the surface of the inner workings of the Fed, so it's not too complicated. However, there is a good overview of how the economy works and the purpose of the Fed within that framework.Be prepared for bag screening, a metal detector and submitting your license. No big deal, and it's understandable that they would need to check you out a bit. The bathrooms are very clean and newer. The guard staff is friendly; don't expect a TSA type of screening.Around the corner is Monty's-a great sandwich and salad place to eat.

Written November 29, 2015
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ConnieRoute66
Eau Claire, WI1 contribution
Nov 2015
What a great "free" museum. It is easy walking distance from the Arch and Old Courthouse. It is a good add to the downtown St. Louis experience. From the initial entrance into the Federal Reserve Building with the grand marble and terrazzo you knew you were in a unique place. The exhibits and interactive activities provide an opportunity to understand how day to day decisions impact your personal and the global economy. It was a fun way to learn economics, plus at the end you get to touch and have a picture taken with a $1,000,000. How cool is that!
Written November 26, 2015
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George H
Saint Peters, MO54 contributions
Aug 2015 • Family
My daughter convinced me to drive her downtown St. Louis to the Federal Reserve Bank where she heard about a museum that is centered around Money & the Economy.
OK. I see your eyes dropping from sleepy time reading!!! But, no JOKE, this is a fantastic trip for the whole family and the museum is interactive!
The Fed has not even had this Museum open one year yet. So, they bend over backwards to make sure you have a very enjoyable time.
My grandchildren ages 10 and 8 went along with my wife (stuffy person), my daughter (very exploring type) and me (lover of historical things) all went on this trip.

It was utterly mind blowing. The only thing I did not like was parking on the street but I thought that was a better option than going into one of the parking garages for only an hour (that's all I put into the parking meter, coins for one ho). We could have stayed for 2 hours easy because the grandchildren were upset that we were leaving so early!
And, it is a blast going through security at the Bank. I had never walked into the Federal Reserve ever - and I have lived in St. Louis all of my life.
This is a MUST DO. Trust me on this one.
Written August 13, 2015
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VaporK8
Southfield, MI1,883 contributions
This is a free attraction that's informative, interactive, and fun - especially for families with school age kids, and teens.
I learned economics basics here. I feel like I have a better understanding of what the Fed. does and why they do it.
High recommendations.
Written March 23, 2015
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  • Mon - Fri 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM