Really BIG Money

Resplendent Quetzal bird, Guatemala, collected around 1923
Resplendent Quetzal bird, Guatemala, collected around 1923. Gift of The Honorable Charles E. Hughes

Something BIG is coming to the National Museum of American History! An upcoming exhibition designed for young visitors called Really BIG Money will feature some of the National Numismatic Collection’s biggest and most surprising objects. Some are big in size. Some are big in quantity. And some have big numbers printed on them. Each piece can teach us about the world around us, including communities and cultures, the environment, political leaders, 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!

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