Thanks to the generous support of OppenheimerFunds, the FWA is hosting another round of “Free Saturdays” at the Museum of American Finance on Saturday, June 10, 2017 and Saturday, June 17, 2017 from 10 AM to 4 PM. The Museum is located at 48 Wall Street, on the corner of William Street. Current Exhibits at the Museum include:
- For the Love of Money – Blacks on US Currency – Positive representation of free Black people on commemorative currency is one of the earliest forms of public recognition of Black excellence, contribution and value. Anti-slavery tokens, commemorative coins, concept coins, bronze medals, Presidential bronze medals and gold medallions featured in this exhibition celebrate Black icons, seminal historic events and institutions which have shaped Black history and significantly influenced American history.
- America In Circulation: A History of US Currency – This exhibit features approximately 250 notes spanning from the Colonial era to the present day and allows visitors to explore them in an interactive environment. Highlights include rare examples of currency bearing the signatures of signers of the US Constitution and Declaration of Independence.
- Alexander Hamilton Room – The Museum’s Alexander Hamilton Room was designed in the federalist style in 1927 to pay tribute to the Walton House, where the Bank of New York first conducted business in 1784. The room originally served as the bank president’s office. In this gallery, visitors will see documents signed by Hamilton, examples of his published works, important 18th century financial instruments and historical replicas of the pistols with which he was killed in a duel with Vice President Aaron Burr.
- Out of the Vault – This exhibit showcases the most unique, interesting and historical collections of artifacts in the Museum’s archives, many of which have never before been exhibited. Currently on view in this gallery are financial documents bearing the signatures of US Presidents, from John Quincy Adams through John F. Kennedy, as well as international currencies and Lucite “deal toys” representing some of the most notable IPOs of the past three decades.
- The Financial Markets – The largest of the Museum’s permanent exhibits enables visitors to experience the excitement and energy of Wall Street through monumental media towers representing three of New York’s premier exchanges: the New York Stock Exchange, the CME Group (formerly the New York Mercantile Exchange) and a major New York bond desk. “The Financial Markets” also traces Wall Street’s history from its earliest years to the present and features multi-media and interactive displays.
- Banking in America – This exhibit explores the history of banking in America and explains the different types of banks and bank accounts. It also features multi-media sidebars on bank robberies, credit cards and the infamous S&L crisis, as described in the classic movie It’s a Wonderful Life, as well as a display of historical piggy banks.
- Entrepreneurs – In this exhibit, visitors will encounter stories woven with innovation and resourcefulness, a tolerance for risk and, above all, constant determination. The video interviews with 16 modern-day entrepreneurs will reveal people who creatively identified opportunities and took the initiative to realize their ambitions.
We hope that you enjoy everything that the Museum and the surrounding Financial District have to offer!