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“Good attraction, especially if you're short on time”

The Money Museum at the Federal Reserve Bank - Denver Branch
Ranked #41 of 255 things to do in Denver
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Owner description: 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.
Florida
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“Good attraction, especially if you're short on time”
Reviewed June 6, 2012

or if you can't get into the U.S Mint (which requires a reservation). You go through quite a process to get into the building, but it's understandable. They offer a very informative video of the history of the Federal Reserve, what they do, etc. The display area is relatively limited but there is the opportunity to design your own currency. And you get to take home a free bag of money! Depending on the crowds, you can spend less than an hour there. If you want a guided tour, be sure to book in advance.

Visited May 2012
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Orange County, California
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“spend 45 mins here”
Reviewed May 22, 2012

A good intro to what they federal reserve does. Primarily through the movie. It did take awhile to get in, they checked everyone's ID (I assume for a basic background) and the person at the front of the line took forever. Then you went through xray machine. Some good factoids to review inside. Take home a free bag of shredded money. Also lots of handouts you can take home. Interesting, and probably easier than the mint and nearly as interesting.

Visited May 2012
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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“Somewhat Disappointing, But Glad I Went”
Reviewed May 22, 2012

Much smaller than I expected. It's basically one room with displays on three sides. There is a fake stack of $30 million, along with some counterfeit bills to look at under a magnifying glass. You can design your own money using crayon rubbings. There is also a short movie, but don't expect to learn much from it. Each person gets one bag of shredded money on the way out.

If you are nearby, it is worth a stop. I think kids would get a kick out of it, but don't plan to spend very long there.

Visited May 2012
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Leominster, Massachusetts
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“free bag of shredded money at the end”
Reviewed April 23, 2012

The best part of this "museum" is the free bag of shredded money they give you upon exiting. I'm a geek and thought I would love this museum, but aside from a 15 minute promotional video (that still didn't really explain what the Fed does), all that's left are a couple of wall displays, a place where you can do a crayon run to create your own money, and then a glass case with supposedly $30 million in it. Except if you ask the staff, they'll tell you it's the $100 bills on top that are real, everything else in the stack is just a paper representation of what that amount would look like.

If you're looking to get out of the heat or cold, then by all means go in, AND the staff was friendly and even the security guards seemed happy to see you, but the "museum" is kind of a letdown, I'm sorry to say.

Visited April 2012
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Panama City, Florida
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“Not worth it, spend your time somewhere else”
Reviewed April 15, 2012

My wife and I were hoping to get a tour of the mint, but they were sold out several weeks in advance. So when we saw the money museum, we thought it would be a good alternative. They advertise getting a bag of shredded money and getting to see what $30 million looks like. Although it sounds like some big museum, it's no kidding six signs for you to look at, and that's it. You do get a small bag of shredded money (which is probably the coolest thing of the whole "tour"). And the $30 million that they advertised? It looks real from far away, but once you look at it, you can tell it's fake. You can tell all the papers underneath the top bill are just blank papers, not money. Yes, the museum is free, but don't waste your time. It was truly a disappointment. They could do so much more with that museum.

Visited April 2012
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