Exhibits at the Learning Center and Money Museum
Special exhibits can complement learning in history, civics, and social studies. Traveling versions of these exhibits may be available for loan to display at your school, library, or organization for free. Contact us to inquire about borrowing this exhibit.
The Cleveland Fed’s Learning Center and Money Museum regularly hosts temporary exhibits exploring currency and the value of money.
Hamilton explores the revolutionary contributions and lasting economic legacy forged by Alexander Hamilton, who was essential in creating the dollar, central banking, and other efforts that gave birth to today’s modern financial system.
Learn more about this founding father by watching the video, “Alexander Hamilton and the United States Financial Foundation.”
The Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland featured an installation by New York-based artist Philip Vanderhyden in its Learning Center and Money Museum from July 14 to December 6, 2018.
FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art was an exhibition that consisted of artist commissions, performances, films, and public programs that launched its inaugural edition in July 2018. An American City: Eleven Cultural Exercises featured collaborations with museums, civic institutions, and alternative spaces across Cleveland, Akron, and Oberlin, Ohio. (This exhibit is not available on loan.)
The Freedman’s Bank: An American Story of Faith, Family and Finance is an exhibit exploring the history of the Freedman’s Bank of the United States and how it impacts our families, communities, and financial systems to this day.
Propaganda and Patriotism: The Art of Financing America’s Wars shares the powerful stories and images of America’s war bonds and American citizens’ role in supporting the war effort, while learning learn about the Fed’s role as America’s bank. Perfect for museums and schools along with history, social studies, civics, arts, and veterans’ programs.
Power to the People: Regulation and Change focuses on history, the regulatory process, and the public’s role in advocating for change. A compelling resource for museums, schools, and community organizations and for history, social studies, and civics programs.
Questionable Issue: Currency of the Holocaust shares the gripping and seldom-told story of "money" inside Nazi concentration camps and ghettos. Stories of camps where prisoners were forced to "exchange" their money for worthless Nazi-issued paper provides a wrenching lesson in betrayal and loss suitable for museums and schools as well as history, social studies, diversity, and civics programs.
Money of the World Today features the fascinating facts and images of currency from all over the world. The exhibit also features stories that explain the unique role money plays in the culture and history of the world's people. Great for museums, schools, scouts, and collectors, as well as history, social studies, and civics programs.
We can learn about the history and culture of a country by looking at the images displayed on its currency. The images may depict the country’s achievements, important people, or historical events. This featured exhibition presents confederate and southern states’ currency and paintings that enlarge the currencies’ vignettes depicting images of slavery—a significant part of U.S. history. (This exhibit cannot be lent out.)