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“Boring.”
Review of The Money Museum

The Money Museum
Ranked #24 of 162 things to do in Kansas City
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Reviewed March 13, 2013

Some coins are on display, a place where you can see how they count money. This museum is worthwhile only if you are in the neighborhood anyway.

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Reviewed March 1, 2013 via mobile

First of all, it's free, so you can't go wrong there!! It's also very interesting. Has coins and bills of all the presidents. The most interesting part is where they sort the older bills for counterfeit and damaged bills. You aren't allowed to take pictures however. At the end you get a bag of shredded money. My only thought is that it is kinda short. You can tour the whole thing in less than an hour. That may be a plus for some.... But I wished I could see more "behind the scenes."

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Reviewed February 28, 2013

This is one of the coolest sights to be seen for free. If I am in a major city, I try to visit 1 of the 12 banks. When you walk in, you are greeted by several guards. They are really helpful and guide you to the museum where you are greeted by a member of the Bank whose goal is to make your trip memorable. Browse the several attractions and exhibits and come back frequently as the tend to change. Take a look at the progression of the banking system and the way things used to be. They also have a pretty cool set of artifacts on the walls, including a Ruger .357. One the way out, buy one of their many personalized cool gifts and grab a bag or 2 of shredded money.

2  Thank cuch5
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Reviewed February 20, 2013

One might not think the Federal Reserve would be a tourism draw. While it may not be high on many people’s lists, it is a worthwhile visit into the history of banking in the United States.

Twelve districts make up the Federal Reserve banking system. Each district has its headquarters. In District 10-J(the 10th letter of the alphabet), Kansas City is the headquarters. The district has branch offices in Omaha and Oklahoma City.

We toured the Money Museum on the main floor of the KC building. This is the only area open to the public. You have to have a valid ID to get inside. We received a free bag of money at the entrance. Of course, it was shredded up old dollars. Also, the shreds could not match up to be actual dollars, just in case you wondered.

The museum highlights the reserve’s history through a series of interactive stops. It also has a display case with significant dates and pieces of information. I found interesting a replica of the machine guns used for protection in the 1920s.

In addition, there is a display of commemorative coins forged during each presidential administration. To see how coins have changed from the days of George Washington to the current Barack Obama administration was noteworthy. The goddess Liberty adorned the head side of early American coins. Later, we had the buffalo head nickel, depicting a Native American on the head side.

In 1909, President Theodore Roosevelt commissioned President Abraham Lincoln be depicted on the penny. It occurred during the centennial of Lincoln's birth.

Later, Thomas Jefferson replaced the buffalo head nickel.

We saw employees counting money on the first floor. They were in a secured area. Millions of dollars flow through the building any given day.

The museum offers a short film, which highlights the history of banking in the United States and the creation of the Federal Reserve.


As I mentioned earlier, it may not be a high spot on anyone’s to-see list, but the Kansas City Federal Reserve’s Money Museum is worth the stop. It was an interesting way to spend about an hour of our day.

2  Thank Mustangdad1961
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Reviewed January 4, 2013

These fine folks at the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank try their best, very friendly but a kid can only grasp so much when it comes to financial data. A few interactive items but overall fairly boring. There is a wonderful coin display associated with every President that has served their country. Photos are allowed except where posted (where the employees are handling cash). One very nice touch was the machine that will provide you with 4 state quarters in perfect condition after depositing a dollar into it. I'm not sure if the quarters dispersed change on a daily or weekly basis. Either way, cool idea. At the end of the visit a small bag of shredded bills are offered as a souvenir.

3  Thank Warren H
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