City Life Org – Smithsonian Opens “Really BIG Money” April 8

The exhibit features massive currency in a kid-friendly gallery

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History will open its first numismatic history exhibit for children, “Really BIG Money,” on April 8. Although small, this child-friendly gallery will present young visitors with some very large sums of money; that is, silver of large size, quantity or denomination and which will feature some 185 items from the museum’s National Numismatic Collection.

Inside the space, visitors will see objects that may not look like money at all: a quetzal bird with iridescent tail feathers that were used as currency in Mexico and Central America, from Swedish currency, Chinese currency and a stone ring of 112 pounds. , called “rai”, from the island of Yap in the Pacific Ocean. The gallery also includes a post-World War I Germany $20 trillion hyperinflation note and a hoard of 165 Roman coins arranged in the shape of Emperor Diocletian’s head.

“These objects have been selected to surprise, delight and engage young visitors,” said Ellen Feingold, curator of numismatics at the museum. “The artifacts and information presented align with the social studies curriculum on world cultures and financial literacy for elementary-aged learners and they help promote creative thinking through a blend of inquiry from objects and interactive experiences.”

“Really BIG Money” allows young visitors to see money as a fun and memorable way to learn about the world around them and explore the natural environment, communities and cultures, political leadership and the exchange process. Artifacts and interactive elements on display show how culture, geography and politics shape how money is earned and used.

Interactive features include a measuring activity with a five-foot-seven-inch coin slide and a selfie station, where gallery visitors can see their own face on money through custom mirrors and share images with friends. friends. Visitors can also test what they’ve learned about big money through the contactless game “Match the Money” in which a custom animation features a quetzal bird as it travels the world.

the exhibition website offers additional content, including learning resources designed for elementary school classrooms and “Match the Money” Thu. The new gallery was designed to complement the museum’s long-term numismatic exhibition “The Value of Money”, which is available for virtual visitors in line.

“Really BIG Money” was made possible by Michael Chou, The Howard F. Bowker Numismatic Projects Endowment Fund, and Bill and Dianne Calderazzo, with additional support from Jeff Garrett, Robert L. Harwell II, and John F. McMullan .

Through unparalleled collections, rigorous research, and dynamic public outreach, the National Museum of American History seeks to empower people to create a more just and compassionate future by examining, preserving, and sharing the complexity of our past. The museum, located on Constitution Avenue NW between 12th and 14th Streets, is open seven days a week except December 25, between 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Admission is free. The doors of the museum are always open online and the Virtual Museum continues to expand its offerings, including online exhibits, materials, and K-12 educational programs. The public can follow the museum on social networks at Twitter, instagram and Facebook. For more information, visit For information about the Smithsonian, the public can call (202) 633-1000.

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