About the Museum

About the Museum

The Museum of American Finance, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, is the nation's only independent public museum dedicated to celebrating the spirit of entrepreneurship and the democratic free market tradition which have made New York City the financial capital of the world. The Museum's core mission is to preserve, exhibit and teach about American finance and financial history. Housed in an historic bank building on Wall Street, the Museum’s magnificent grand mezzanine banking hall provides an ideal setting for permanent exhibits on the financial markets, money, banking, entrepreneurship and Alexander Hamilton.

The Museum is an independent, non-profit 501(c)(3) dedicated to creating non-ideological presentations and programs for purposes of education and general public awareness. Financial education is at the heart of the Museum’s mission, seeking to promote lifelong learning and inquiry.

As a chronicler of American financial achievement and development, the Museum seeks to play a special role as a guardian of America’s collective financial memory, as well as a presenter and interpreter of current financial issues, thereby connecting the past with the present while serving as a guide for the future.

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