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“Free Money”

Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
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Atlanta Segway Tour: Midtown Sightseeing
Ranked #40 of 289 things to do in Atlanta
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The museum features a display on the history of money; interactive, multimedia exhibits explaining the Federal Reserve's role in the economy; and a view of the bank's automated vault and cash processing areas. In addition, most group tours include a stop in the bank's boardroom. A tour of the museum provides in-depth lessons on the role of the Federal Reserve in the U.S. economy. Then, you can take a look inside our cash-processing operations, where millions of dollars are counted, sorted, or shredded daily. You'll also get a glimpse into the bank's automated vault and see the robotic transports that do the heavy lifting.
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“Free Money”
Reviewed November 5, 2009

This is a very well done exhibit. The relatively new Federal Reserve building itself is both beautiful and impressive. The federal guards were very pleasant and helpful. The nuseum is immediately inside the front doors.

The exhibit is interesting with a ton of information on monitary history and a most amazing money collection. I do not ever recall having seen biblical coins like a Widow's Mite, scheckles, talents (I may not be spelling these correctly)..and coinsa and bills from throughout human history and so many cultures. I never knew these things survived.

I was with some friends and family so I kept my reading contained - could have spent another hour reading about our monitary system and history.

Not for younger kids!...For the many parents that disrespect the rest of the world, let me repeat: NOT FOR YOUNGER CHILDREN!!! That said, there are enough interactivew displays that a pre-teen may be engaged for 30 minutes.

Allow 2 hours if you like to inspect history and study civilizations or are just very interest in our monitary system and policy process.

Oh yeah...seeing the completely automated robot forklift thingies haul millions of dollars around was almost as neat as getting a keepsake bag of shredded money!!!

8 Thank BrewsterPug
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Smoky Mountains, Tennessee
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“Saw a crate with 2.35 million dollars in 5's”
Reviewed September 3, 2009

Very fun. Had to walk a few blocks because all the parking nearby was taking but this was very fun. You get to see how the American system works for moving money around and you get to see robotic fork lifts that transfer money around the vault and to the counters. There is a crate with 2.35 million dollars in five dollar bills in it and a box with a real 27 pound gold bar that is valued at $451,000 dollars and you get to lift it. The best part...IT'S FREE.

4 Thank cpowers1831
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Algonquin, Illinois
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“Interesting for all, FREE, AND you get a bag of cash”
Reviewed August 3, 2009

I read about this on Tripadvisor while looking for something to do the day after taking in a Braves game. Parking is close by and costs $5. The building is VERY secure and you'll need to show a driver's license and get badged. The museum is small enough and has enough displays and demonstrations that the kids won't be bored. If they do, take them to the back part of the exhibit where they can see a sheets of bills including actual $100,000 bills, lift an actual bar of gold, and then see pallet loads of cash being moved by robots. VERY COOL! In the reception area, don't forget to get your free bag of cash. The bills which are pulled from circulation because they're damaged are shredded and handed out as a cool take home.

12 Thank misterblutarsky
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“Great Learning Experience”
Reviewed June 29, 2009

This place is easy to find. We parked several blocks away on a side street and walked so we wouldn't have to pay for parking. The museum is full of interesting facts about money. There is a lot of areas that require reading about the bank. It probably wouldn't be interesting at all for younger kids. We spent over an hour there looking at their exhibits. We went on a Friday. It wasn't crowded at all. I nice change from other attractions. This is a place to visit to learn about money and you can't beat the price- FREE!

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Goshen, IN
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“Fun, Interesting and Free!”
Reviewed April 20, 2009

The Federal Reserve Bank was a highlight of our recent trip to Atlanta. It is a very interesting museum with some interactive exhibits that teach you a lot about the history of money, the Federal Reserve banks and systems, and how money is used in our society today. At the end you can watch part of the actual cash processing area of the bank and see employees sorting, counting, and moving money.

You can't take any pictures inside the building, and have to go through security and show a picture ID and be issued a visitors pass to go through the museum. It is similar to security precautions at other federal buildings.

They have some free small bags of shredded money that you can take home with you, along with a free postcard and some other brochures you can take to read if you are interested. My friends and family got a kick out of the "money" I brought home for them.

The bank is VERY CLOSE (less than a five minute walk) to the Midtown station of the MARTA train station, and I saw very little public parking. It is right across the street from the Margaret Mitchell house, which we didn't go to.

FREE and highly recommended.

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