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Museum of American Finance

48 Wall Street, New York City, NY 10005-2903
+1 212-908-4110
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The Museum of American Finance is the nation's only independent museum dedicated to America's finances and financial history. An affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, the Museum offers interactive permanent exhibits on the financial markets, money, banking, entrepreneurship and Alexander Hamilton, as well as topical rotating exhibits such as “Worth Its Weight: Gold from the Ground Up” and “For the Love of Money: Blacks on US Currency.” The Museum is located in the historic former headquarters of the Bank of New York in the heart of the Financial District.
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48 Wall Street, New York City, NY 10005-2903
Financial District
+1 212-908-4110
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Reviewed 28 June 2017

I work in the finance industry so I was looking forward to visiting this. Unfortunately it didn't meet my expectations. The exhibits and information were presented in a very elementary manner. Almost as if it were designed for kids or people who knew next to...More

1  Thank rm0463
Reviewed 26 June 2017

My wife and I took a stroll through this repository of currency exhibits and specimens last week mainly because it was free and we just happened to be there. The best I can say for it is that it was nicely air conditioned on a...More

Thank LWL3333
Reviewed 14 June 2017

This is one of the best curated museums I have visited. Given that topic can be challenging to grasp, the MAF does a GREAT job with the visuals, historic context and contemporary topics.

1  Thank Anatoli M
Reviewed 14 June 2017

Disclaimer: I'm a banker by trade, so I find finance very interesting. I'll also note though that my friend, who is NOT a banker also enjoyed her time. The entrance is a bit steep ($9) but you'll easily spend an hour meandering through the exhibits....More

Thank Beth L
Reviewed 22 April 2017

My friends and I visited this museum which is located on Wall Street. We came here specifically to see the Alexander Hamilton exhibit. It did not disappoint. The information explained everything that the founding father did for our country. There was also an interesting exhibit...More

Thank Robin M
Reviewed 23 January 2017

The museum admission is reasonable, but since the currency exhibit was closed when we went there, admission was free. At first I was disappointed, but there was plenty to see. The story of the development of the National Banks and the Fed was very well...More

1  Thank popestcyril
Reviewed 23 January 2017

There are a wide variety of exhibits--historic coins, a debt clock, fun facts about banks and stocks--and an amazing room of Alexader Hamilton artifacts and stories about him. Take the guided tour-the docents are enthusiastic and make history come alive.

3  Thank ac17762017
Reviewed 24 December 2016

The museum recently became affiliated with the Smithsonian, which should do much to improve the exhibitions, but with that said, MAF is worth a stop if you're in the Financial District. The exhibitions are clear, interesting and informative and unbiased in their presentations. Definitely not...More

1  Thank pja537
Reviewed 22 December 2016 via mobile

I separated from the family for the morning as it's a museum I've always wanted to visit after 3 trips to NYC. I wasn't disappointed and spent nearly 2 hours there. An excellent and well laid out display telling the story of people like Alexander...More

Reviewed 23 November 2016

What do you know about the Gold Standard, our currency, the Bond Market, The Stock Market, The Commodity Market? If the answer is very little, take a subway to Wall Street and visit the Museum of American Finance. All those topics and more are covered...More

Thank MPSteitzer
Financial District
At the southernmost tip of Manhattan, the Financial
District is where New York City began as a center of
commerce. Today, the historic streets and beautiful
setting are complemented by museums, countless
skyscrapers, and the heart of the Financial District,
home to Wall Street and the New York Stock Exchange.
Catch the Staten Island Ferry for an unbeatable view
of the skyline and Statue of Liberty, or sail to Ellis
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