learning center and money museum

Plan A Field Trip: Bring Your Class!

The Money Museum features more than 25 hands-on exhibits for fun and interactive learning. Students will experience hands-on, interactive exhibits to learn about personal finance, economics and the history of money.

A field trip to the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland Learning Center and Money Museum is the perfect companion to your curriculum. Visits may be customized, but a typical visit lasts about two hours and includes two parts: a guided museum tour and an interactive classroom program.

Guided Tour of the Money Museum

See the money tree, trade coconuts for oranges on Barter Island, identify counterfeit bills and put your face on a million dollar bill! The public is welcome to walk in and take a self-guided tour Monday-Thursday from 9:30-2:30. (link to “come in and see we’re always free” on “Visit Us” page)

A docent will lead your class through more than 25 hands-on exhibits that enable students to discover answers to basic questions:

  • What is money?
  • Why do we have it?
  • How has it changed over time?
  • Who’s in charge of money?

Classroom-Style, Interactive Program

A free, guided tour of the Money Museum for your group of 10 or more students can be coupled with a one-hour interactive lesson in the Learning Center classroom on a topic of your choice.

Student groups of all abilities welcome, we can tailor programs to accommodate all students.

Recommended for middle school grades and up

  • Inflation - Students learn how and why prices change with time and gain an understanding of inflation and hyperinflation. Lessons show the connection between inflation and the money supply.
  • Financial Fun - Introduces methods of saving and investing and the concepts of interest, risk, and return; lessons focus on strategies for making sound financial decisions.
  • Bartering - Shows how and why the practice of bartering began and how it continues to be used today. Lessons illustrate the concept of barter and why money is a more efficient system of exchange.

Recommended for high school grades and up

  • The Road to the Fed - Gives a historical perspective on the Federal Reserve System and its importance in our economy. Lessons focus on the system’s purpose, historical roots, and current structure.

Check out our Key Vocab.

Things to know:

  • Guided tours may be scheduled Monday-Thursday from 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  • Guided tours are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. Due to the popularity of our tour program, we recommend making reservations several months in advance.
  • Guided tours are typically limited to one tour group per organization per year.
  • Group size is a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 50. Student groups must include one adult for every 12 students.
  • All tours are free of charge.
  • Food and beverages are not permitted in the Money Museum.
  • Visitors age 16 and up, must present a valid driver’s license, school ID, or other photo identification for admission to the building.
  • Please limit the bags, backpacks, or purses you bring into the building. All personal items are subject to x-ray screening, and everyone passes through a metal detector before entering the building.
  • Photography in the Learning Center and Money Museum is welcome! (Photography is not allowed in other areas of the building.)
  • Videotaping is not allowed anywhere in the building.

Request a museum tour

When requesting a museum tour, please send the following information to LearningCenter@clev.frb.org or have it ready when calling 216.579.3188.

Name
Daytime phone number
Number of people in your group
Organization (school, business, group name)
Requested tour date and time

Contacting the Money Museum does not guarantee that a tour is available on the date or time you have requested. You will be contacted promptly to discuss tour availability.

Tour of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland

Groups of middle school students and older can schedule a free guided tour of the Bank facilities. To plan a Bank tour, visit our Request a Tour (link to “Request a tour” section of “Visit Us”) page for more information.

Have questions or concerns? Take a look at our FAQ page or contact us for more information.