Museum Celebrates Fed's Centennial Birthday

September 20, 2013

By Jackie Stewart, American Banker

A New York museum is giving the Federal Reserve quite the present for its 100th anniversary.

Next week the Museum of American Finance will open an exhibit called "The Fed at 100," which will run through Oct. 1, 2014. The exhibit — the Wall Street museum's largest ever — will take up three galleries and a theater and will feature information on the central bank's history, culture and role in the U.S.

"We realized that a lot of people may not know what the Fed does exactly so we decided to explain that in a fun, accessible way," says Becky Laughner, the museum's director of exhibits and archives.

The museum has tried to break down information about the Fed into more manageable pieces by focusing on a few important areas, Laughner says. One gallery will delve into the entire Federal Reserve System and its economic policies while the New York Federal Reserve will also get its own display.

The third gallery will feature 100 objects that "touch on the unique facets of the Fed," Laughner says. There will be no labels describing the objects and instead, visitors will listen to commentary about the pieces on phones.

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