Come to the free Chicago Fed Money Museum and view millions of dollars in various denominations! This great government-sponsored museum also shows you how you can detect counterfeits and learn how the the Federal Reserve System actually impacts your life. Located at 230 South LaSalle Street, the Bank’s Money Museum is free and open to the public year-round from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, except on Bank holidays. The federal bank system plays a huge role in everyone’s life, though many may simply associate it with the business report.
The Chicago Fed is one of a dozen regional fed banks. It has a museum all about money, but your admission is free and you can get a couple of free souvenirs. Every year, about 40,000 people visit the museum; tour guide Don Wagener says Scout and school groups, senior citizens and college students make up much of the audience. The museum is part of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, itself one of 12 federal bank districts created by Congress in 1913 to be no farther than a day’s train ride from anywhere in the U.S. “We’re the bank for banks,” Wagener explains. “This is where banks take their money when they have too much of it and it’s where the new money gets distributed to the banks.” After watching a short film that tells them that “money doesn’t come with instructions,” the kids head into the museum for a scavenger hunt that familiarizes them with the exhibits. They also receive “Be Money Smart” comic books.
Money Museum at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
When: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., weekdays
Tours: Daily, walk-in tours at 1:00 p.m.; for group tours of 15 to 39 people, call 312-322-2400 or visit
Where: 230 S. LaSalle St., Chicago, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
Tickets: Free. Adults must bring government-issued photo ID
Before You Visit …
Preview the displays at our Virtual Money Museum. Then use our tour registration calendar at the end of this page to schedule your visit. You can meet our tour guides in person and learn even more about the Fed!
Guided tours lasting roughly 45 minutes are available at 1 p.m. Monday through Friday, or by appointment. You can also visit the Money Museum on your own at any time during open hours.
Guided tours include:
- A short video about the operations of the Chicago Fed, the Federal Reserve System and monetary policy
- A question-and-answer session following the video
- A walk through the Money Museum with a knowledgeable tour guide
If you have a group of 15-39 people, you may reserve a guided tour between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., daily. Advance reservations are required, and we are often booked several weeks in advance.
For groups larger than 39 people, divide your group and plan on 45-minute sessions for each group.
All individuals visiting the Money Museum will be subject to the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago’s screening process. The following items will be confiscated before entry and returned upon departure.*
- Fire arms
- Stun guns
- Knives, including pocket knives
- Utility/Box cutters
- Pepper spray or mace
- Cigarette lighters carried by minors
- Other illegal or potentially dangerous or destructive items
Please Keep in Mind:
- All visitors must show a photo ID before entering the Money Museum
- No food or drink is allowed
- School tours require one adult for every ten students age 17 or younger
- There are times when the Money Museum may be closed for security reasons