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The E-Sylum:  Volume 11, Number 2, January 13, 2008, Article 6

NEW MUSEUM OF AMERICAN FINANCE OPENING

[This week Reuters covered the opening of the Museum of
American Finance in its new home near the New York Stock
Exchange.  -Editor]

The museum located at 48 Wall Street will display gold
bars, numismatic treasures, interactive exhibits on
entrepreneurship and more.

With its 30,000 square feet of space in a landmark building,
the museum will also serve as the de facto visitors' gallery
for the New York Stock Exchange, Lee Kjelleren, the museum's
president, said.

"Our purpose is to bring Wall Street to Main Street and
to show the importance and richness of our financial
markets and promote a deeper understanding," he told
reporters at a preview.

Increased security after 9/11 has meant the Big Board is
off limits to the public, but at the museum a short
distance away visitors will be able to see the action
from the world's largest stock exchange on large video
screens, he said.

But the museum isn't all numbers-crunching or the "dismal
science." Displays include coins salvaged from Spanish
treasure ships to the New World, a gold ingot weighing
60 pounds, ticker tape from the Great Crash of 1929 and
a Treasury bond bearing the first use of a dollar sign.

Ever wonder who is pictured on the $10,000 bill? Lincoln's
Treasury Secretary Salmon Chase. But eventually the museum
hopes to display a $100,000 bill. That features President
Woodrow Wilson.

The museum will open to the public on Friday, with
admission charges of $8 for adults and $5 for children
and seniors.

To read the complete article, see:
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For more information on the Museum of American Financial
History, see:
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  Wayne Homren, Editor

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