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Museum of American Finance

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Address: 48 Wall Street, New York City, NY 10005-2903 (Formerly Museum of American Financial History)
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+1 212-908-4110
10:00 - 16:00
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Tue - Sat 10:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

The Museum of American Finance is the nation's only independent museum...

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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Interesting stop down on Wall Street

With the closing of the New York Stock Exchange to public tours, the MOAF provides at least some kind of place to visit downtown. While it is not large and not that expensive... read more

Reviewed 11 March 2016
Dallas, Texas
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Reviewed 19 June 2016

We visited MOAF as part of a group and were lucky to have a presentation by the Director who showcased some of their most valuable and interesting items in the collection such as a bond bought and signed by George Washington, a soldier's pay requisition signed by Ben Franklin, and a blank check that John Kennedy took to Dallas with... More 

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Reviewed 10 June 2016 via mobile

On Wall Street, came here for a reception because my son won an award. The museum itself is basically one floor. They have the first handheld device that was used to replace paper buy and sell trades on the market floor. Strangely, they have an exhibit of all items that are made from gold as it was valuable person went... More 

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Reviewed 7 June 2016 via mobile

Worth a 30 minute visit to get inside a beautiful old Wall St building. Only $8 and incredibly friendly staff. Two featured exhibits are tickertape from the start of the 1929 crash (rolled up so you can't see much of anything ...) and a bond signed by Washington. Which is actually a facsimile copy at the moment ... ! Nicely... More 

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Reviewed 12 May 2016

I recently stopped by this Museum. It isn't all that expensive to enter - only $8. That being said, I found the museum was more like an "School" where it was teaching the basics about Bonds, etc. Additionally, it showed quite a bit of gold. That being said, I found it really lacked the story of showing how the finances... More 

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Reviewed 10 May 2016 via mobile

Explaining the history of the gold standard, bond, stock and commodity trading as well as showing a real bloomberg terminal and a documentary film of the development of the US Dollar and currency. In addition, exhibiting gold rush material and 1929 stock exchange crashes. Moreover, showing a variety of old dollar bills and money press printing plate for old $5,000... More 

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Fairfield, Connecticut
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Reviewed 6 May 2016

Just east of the Trump building and the NYSE. Cost was $8 for adults and plan to spend 40 min to an hour. The Alexander Hamilton room was the best.

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Reviewed 10 April 2016 via mobile

Luckily with a Groupon coupon I paid only $3.50 and spent around 30 minutes here. In a city where the standards of art and entertainment are usually high this seemed like a rather poor cousin at best. The building is a previous banking headquarters and old photos showed how grandiose it was in its hey-day. Now it's a large room... More 

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Reviewed 12 March 2016

Fortunately it happened to be free on the day I visited, because I thought it wa a pretty average experience given the high quality museums in NYC. The most interesting bit was the Alexander Hamilton room. Otherwise it was quite basic leve information

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Dallas, Texas
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Reviewed 11 March 2016

With the closing of the New York Stock Exchange to public tours, the MOAF provides at least some kind of place to visit downtown. While it is not large and not that expensive ($8 for adults), it has three main kiosks for bonds, equities and commodities, along with nooks around the outside (I particularly liked the currency exhibit). Lots of... More 

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Reviewed 29 February 2016 via mobile

Excellent exhibits on the development of finance dating back to the country's infancy. Original documents signed by the founding fathers, an additional room devoted to Alexander Hamilton. Have newspaper editions of the 1929 stock market crash. Explains the development of the stock market. Well worth the visit. It took us a few hours to go through the entire exhibit. Gift... More 

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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 Island to learn about the vital immigrant history of the city.
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