Here’s a really fun idea: visit a Money Museum! Visiting the Money Bank in Kansas City doesn’t cost any money for admission, it’s free! Visitors (age 18 and older) need to present a valid photo identification.
The Federal Reserve will be celebrating its 100-year anniversary of the signing of the Federal Reserve Act this year.
The Kansas City bank opened in 1914. The city’s facility is the regional bank headquarters serving the tenth district of the Federal Reserve.
The bank is in charge of sorting and transporting cash to and from commercial banks. Their Monetary Policy is to “contribute to the formulation and implementation of monetary policy that promotes financial stability and sustainable economic growth.”
Although the building is fourteen stories high, the museum is on one level. Guests to the museum are screened.
Metal detectors and x-ray equipment are used. The Kansas City Fed is located on the west side of Main Street and south of the Liberty Memorial. All visitors enter the north entrance. Free public parking is available near the north entrance and the museum.
When entering the bank’s main entrance, there are two twelve-foot bronze statues greeting the public.
The bronzes represent the “Spirits of Commerce and Industry.” The statues are in commemoration of the original bank building bronzes in downtown Kansas City.
Once cleared to enter the Money Museum visitors will find an array of interactive exhibits that help explain banking and how the bank works. There is the Truman Coin Collection that includes a selection of coins produced by the U.S. Mint during presidential administrations (on loan from the Truman Library). In case a visitor has never held a solid gold bar there is one on display at the museum. The gold bar is worth about $400,000 on today’s market. It was cast in 1959 at the San Francisco Mint.
After the tour don’t miss visiting the Vault Store. The store offers visitors a variety of souvenir-type items, including replicas of the bronze statues located at the building’s entrance.
This is just one of countless interesting adventures awaiting Kansas City visitors.
Two nearby spectacular places to visit are the historic Union Railroad Station and the Liberty Memorial World War I Museum.
The Money Museum
1 Memorial Drive, KC MO
Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. weekdays, closed Bank holidays
Phone: 800-333-1010 x 2683
Note: No photos are allowed inside. Self-guided and guilded tours available
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