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Summer Vacation Trips For Financial Nerds

Monday, May 23, 2011 - 6:13 AM
Have you ever thought about taking a tour of places like the US Mint or the Federal Reserve Banks? This blog post has an interesting list of 10 money related places where finance nerds may want to visit for their summer vacation. Not all are easy to tour. For example, not all Federal Reserve Banks (12 around the country) offer public tours. The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston doesn’t offer public tours. The Dallas Fed does offer limited public tours, but you have to submit a form to request a tour, and your group has to be between 15 and 25.
Ken TuminKen Tumin5,473 posts since
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1. Monday, May 23, 2011 - 9:42 AM
If one is ever touring London, England the Bank of England Museum is worth visiting. It's free and easy to get in.

The last time I was in London, the London Stock Exchange was closed to tourists because of security reasons. Quite understandable.
ShorebreakShorebreak2,700 posts since
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2. Monday, May 23, 2011 - 11:44 AM
The FRB in Atlanta is free & a great tour. There's large clear cubes of bundled bags of dollar bills stored in a huge vault accessed by robotic forklifts. Watch them pack and count bills, and unfit bills get shredded and sucked up a clear tube. See uncut sheet of $100,000 bills, gold kilo bar, and coins dating back to revolutionary times. Complete your tour with a baggie of shredded currency to keep. It's about an hour of entertainment.

On the downside, guests have to pass through a metal detector and show photo ID, and there's armed guards carrying automatic rifles. Parking is across the street, or take Marta (exit Midtown Station)

Atlanta Visitors Center and Monetary Museum

While you're there, its across the street from the Margaret Mitchell house (Gone with the Wind) Margaret Mitchell - Home
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