Through a variety of interactive displays, games, sculptures and videos, visitors will learn more about how the economy works, and their role in it. The museum experience is organized into five zones.
Your award-winning museum journey begins with a welcome video narrated by St. Louis Fed President James Bullard, who describes the unique economic and cultural characteristics of the seven-state region covered by the Eighth Federal Reserve District. You then enter the Bank's teller lobby. Watch the space instantly transform from historic to modern as a brief video sets the stage for the dynamic experience that awaits you.
Whether you are spending, saving or investing, the decisions you make with your money impact the economy. Here, you will learn about concepts such as scarcity, the different types of capital, how education affects your future earnings, and the path to good credit. You will also gain knowledge about the trade-offs that we face when we make our decisions and how incentives help lead us to those decisions.
Markets make the world go 'round, and you can find them everywhere—from international stock exchanges to agricultural markets to the flea market down the road from you. In this section of the museum, you will learn why people participate in markets and how trade benefits the parties involved. You will also learn about money.
Have a seat and enjoy short videos about how trade connects people, the history of the Federal Reserve, and other short programs on a variety of economic topics.
Across the planet, the actions taken by governments, central banks and commercial financial institutions ultimately affect all of us. And although technology and trade have connected the world’s economies more closely than ever before, standards of living continue to vary from one nation to the next. Discover how major decisions about the economy ultimately affect you, and how your life would differ if you lived in another place or during an earlier time.
Before you head out, stop by the museum gift shop and pick-up your free shredded money souvenir, take some of our complimentary economic education resources and business publications, and shop our gift-worthy merchandise. The shop sells numerous items bearing the museum’s logo, including T-shirts, tote bags, sunglasses, umbrellas, rain ponchos, plush toys, pencils and magnets.
The gift shop accepts major credit cards and cash. It is open weekdays from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., excluding holidays.