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“Free and fascinating!”

Reviewed 22 July 2017

We were in Philadelphia for 5 days, and while walking around downtown on Saturday, we saw the Federal Reserve Bank, with a sign to come in and see the Money in Motion exhibit. It was free, so I joked that maybe they'll give us free money for going in..and they did! One hundred dollars each..check out the picture......
It was a very interesting and informative tour. There is one of the money carts they use, filled with neatly wrapped stacks of 5 dollar bills, that is 1.35 million dollars right before your eyes.
There are also displays of the big notes, like the 5,000, 10,000 and the 100,000 dollar bills.
The 100,000 dollar bill was printed only from 1934 to 1935. It was never publicly circulated and was only used for transactions between Federal Reserve Banks.
Although they are still technically legal tender in the United States, the high-denomination bills, including the 5,000 and 10,000 were last printed on December 27, 1945, and officially discontinued on July 14, 1969, by the Federal Reserve System, supposedly due to 'lack of use'. The $5,000 and $10,000 effectively disappeared well before then.
We also learned a lot about how US monetary policy is set, and the history of the Federal Reserve. No picture taking is allowed inside, because of the security, but it is well worth the free admission.
And, the Philedelphia Federal Reserve shreds 2.5 billion dollars per year in old, worn out bills, so i don't think they'll run out of the cool momentos!

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Reviewed 4 July 2017

A short, self-guided exhibit. But informative and free (and out of the heat, and they have bathrooms!) Nice look at the different currency and coinage from days gone by. Machine to get a commemorative state quarter was not working. Obviously there's security and metal detectors to go through, but not a problem whatsoever. Recommended if you like learning about money.

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Reviewed 30 June 2017

We ended up taking this tour by accident (we were headed to the mint which is a block away and saw the money exhibit banners and went inside) and were glad we stopped in! You have to go through security but it was quick and easy. The gentlemen who greeted us when we entered was very nice and gave us shredded money, an exhibit guide, and activity books for the kids. Most of the exhibits were computerized and interactive. We enjoyed testing our knowledge of banking, currency, and Philly trivia in a head-to-head Jeopardy type game. There was a display case with examples of U.S. currency through history. Nice exhibit of the current state quarter program and machine that let you trade your quarter for the most recent state parks quarter. Tweens and up will get the most out of it, but my 8 year old also enjoyed the interactive quizzes. Good to pair with a visit to the Mint.

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Reviewed 15 June 2017

this is a great stop on the way to Constitution Center, US Mint, etc. It probably takes 30 minutes to go through the exhibit and interactive sessions. You get some shredded money as souvenir, admission is free. Great place to cool off from the summer heat.

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Reviewed 9 June 2017

Currency is not made at this site. There is an exhibit on the first floor and this is the only place you are allowed to go. The exhibit was good. Free admission.

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