Visiting the Museum of American Finance on Wall St

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The Museum of American Finance was founded in 1988. It is on Wall St, right next to the 2,3 subway stop. In the Financial District, of course. Just a few blocks away from the New York Stock Exchange. Admission is free on Saturdays; $8 other days.

The Museum of American Finance located at 48 Wall St in NYC

The Museum of American Finance located at 48 Wall St in NYC

The building is absolutely beautiful. It used to be the headquarters for the Bank of New York. It has a bank feel, which definitely works for the museum.

American Museum Finance Doors on Wall St


Exhibits & Information

History Exhibits in the Museum of American Finance

History Exhibits in the Museum of American Finance

This is largely a reading museum. Although very educational, half of the museum is focused on the stock market and likely wouldn’t hold the attention of a small child. There are many hands-on interactive pieces but these focus more on text than images. This is a museum for adults who love history or money or both.

The former headquarters of the Bank of New York is now home to the Museum of American f Finance

The former headquarters of the Bank of New York is now home to the Museum of American f Finance

The upper part focuses on history. There is an exhibit on the history of American currency, Alexander Hamilton, Checks & Credit, and the Federal Reserve. This includes lots of historical tidbits. I really do recommend reading everything.

Investment Choices and Information at the Museum of American Finance

Investment Choices and Information at the Museum of American Finance

The lower part focuses solely on the stock market, stock exchange, and investments. The history of the Dow Jones is a great exhibit. Pieces of history are discussed in context of whether the stock market dropped or increased. Pretty interesting if you’re into economics history.

Warren Buffet on the Stock Market

There a few really great panels educating investing. I think I learned more about individual investments in this exhibit than I ever did from pf blogs & Internet literature on the topic. It breaks down what the types of investments are. Where your money goes. How to read a stock ticker. How to calculate yield. Plus some history of the stock market and key investors.

Yield calculation


Museum of American Finance is Worth the Trip

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It should take you about 1–2 hours to see everything in this museum. I left in a little under two hours and I took the time to read everything. It’s a small museum but definitely worth a stop. Especially if you are into American history. Or economics. And live in nyc. There is no reason not to stop by here on a Saturday. It’s free. And in an easily accessible part of Financial District.

Free admission every Saturday

Free admission every Saturday

If you’re visiting, it’s difficult for me to recommend spending limited time here. But if it really piques your interest, you’ll find it’s worth it.

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