Really BIG Money

April 8, 2022 – Indefinitely

Origami bird made from Venezuelan bolívar banknotes, Colombia, 2019

National Museum of American History
1300 Constitution Ave., NW
Washington, DC

First Floor, East Floor Plan

This exhibition presents young visitors with really big money; that is, money that is large in size, quantity, or denomination. It features striking objects from the National Numismatic Collection, such as Swedish plate money, German billion-mark banknotes, a Roman coin hoard, and the long tail feathers of the quetzal bird as well as a range of interactive activities. These artifacts and activities help young visitors understand that money can be a powerful and memorable way learn about the natural environment, community and cultural identity, political leadership, and the process of exchange.

Aligned to social studies learning standards for elementary-aged learners, Really BIG Money teaches about world cultures and financial literacy and promotes creative thinking through a blend of object investigations and interactive experiences throughout the gallery. Check out the gallery’s game “Match the Money” online or while visiting the museum. Match all of the objects and unlock a magical animation showing a flying quetzal bird traveling the world through banknotes!