The Museum of American Finance is the nation’s only independent public museum dedicated to preserving, exhibiting and teaching about American finance and financial history. Located in the Financial District of the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, it as an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution.
The museum was founded in 1988 as the Museum of American Financial History but was renamed the Museum of American Finance in 2005. Until December 2006, it was located in the Standard Oil Building at 26 Broadway. On January 11, 2008, the Museum opened in a new location at 48 Wall Street, the former headquarters of The Bank of New York.
Collections and Exhibitions:
As part of its mission to document US financial history, the Museum actively collects documents and artifacts related to the financial markets, money and banking. Its World-class collection includes more than 10,000 stocks, bonds, prints, engravings, photographs, bank notes, checks and books.
Permanent exhibitions focus on the financial markets, money, banking, entrepreneurship and Alexander Hamilton. Recent temporary exhibitions include “Barings in America: An Interactive Investment Experience” (December 2012 - April 2013), “Checks & Balances: Presidents and American Finance” (November 2011 - March 2013), “Tracking the Credit Crisis” (ongoing since 2009); “Andrew Carnegie: Forging Philanthropy” (April - October 2012); “Alexander Hamilton: Lineage and Legacy” (April 2011-March 2012); “Scandal! Financial Crime Chicanery and Corruption That Rocked America” (2010-11) and “Women of Wall Street” (2009–10).