One Federal Reserve Bank Plaza
Broadway and Locust Street
St. Louis, MO 63166
P.O. Box 442
St. Louis, MO 63166
|Monday - Friday||10 AM - 3 PM|
Walk-in visitors should enter through the main entrance on the Bank's pedestrian plaza, between Broadway and Fourth Street. School field trips and other groups should proceed to the St. Charles Street entrance.
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The economy. We hear about it every day, but how much do we actually know about it? The Inside the Economy™ Museum inside the historic Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis will immerse you in a one-of-a-kind experience that explains the economy, and your role in it, in a fun and interactive way.
Engage in a hands-on journey through nearly 100 exhibits that are brought to life through interactive displays, games, sculptures and videos.
The Inside the Economy™ Museum is located only a few blocks from several of downtown St. Louis' landmark attractions, including the Gateway Arch, the Old Courthouse and Laclede's Landing. Walk-in visitors, school field trips and other groups are welcome. The museum is free to all visitors.
Zone 1: The Eighth District Comes Alive
Your 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.
Zone 2: How People Make Decisions
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.
Zone 3: How People Interact
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.
Zone 4: The Connections Theater
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.
Zone 5: You and the Economy
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.
The Inside the Economy™ Museum is an ideal class field-trip location for students in middle school through college. Through engaging and interactive exhibits, students will learn what makes the economy work, how they play a role in it, and how the decisions they make today could affect their financial futures.
For a more in-depth learning experience, the St. Louis Fed has a variety of ready-to-go lesson plans that you can use to enhance your students' learning experience. The lessons align with national education standards in economics and personal finance.
The St. Louis Fed welcomes groups to the Inside the Economy™ Museum. The museum will appeal to a variety of groups, whether it's students and teachers on a field trip, conventioneers visiting St. Louis or seniors enjoying a day trip. Visitors should allow about one hour to tour the museum. See the Plan Your Visit page for the museum's visitor policies and other information. Reservations are required for groups of 11 to 70. Groups larger than 70 should contact us directly at email@example.com.
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