The Money Museum teaches kids the way money works

Want to see what a million dollars looks like? At the Money Museum, you can see a cube of one million one dollar bills, weighing one ton. And you can see what a suitcase holding $1 million in $100 bills looks like.

Now is a great time to check out the Money Museum’s interactive exhibits. Visitors can design their own currency, peer through magnifying glasses at counterfeit bills, plus see rare and historic currency and learn how the nation’s money has changed over time.

Visitors can also learn about the Federal Reserve and its functions, as well as what inflation is (possibly useful for some moms and dads, too!). Don’t forget to pick up a bag of “Fed Shreds,” shredded one dollar bills, and learn why the bills were taken out of circulation and shredded.

The Money Museum is located at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago at 230 S. LaSalle St. It is free and open to the public, but each adult must have a government-issued photo ID and pass through security to enter. It is open 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, except on bank holidays.

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