By: Kristin Aguilera, Museum of American Finance
The Museum of American Finance’s new, 12-stop audio tour tells the stories behind several of its most popular collections and exhibits. The tour begins with one of Lower Manhattan’s most important architectural sites – the Bank of New York’s historic banking hall at 48 Wall Street, which houses the Museum’s exhibits.
Other tour stops include objects from the Crash of ’29, a stock certificate issued to Ponzi scheme artist Bernie Madoff, rare high-denomination currency and the solid gold-and-jewel-encrusted Monopoly Set by artist Sidney Mobell (on loan from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History). The tour is narrated by a variety of experts, including the Museum’s president and curators, as well as CNN founding financial editor Myron Kandel and architectural historian Damien Cregeau.
“There is so much more to these objects than we can include on printed labels, so the audio guides will bring the exhibits to life in new and exciting ways,” said Museum President David Cowen. “I believe the guides will really enhance our overall visitor experience.”
The audio guides are available for visitors to rent on a first-come, first-served basis for $2 each. MoAF members and visitors with visual or other impairments will be granted free usage of the guides. The audio tour program was developed in partnership with Antenna – a leading innovative multi-media story-telling company – and is sponsored by Con Edison.
The Museum is located at 48 Wall Street and is open Tuesday–Saturday, from 10 A.M. – 4 P.M.. For more information, visit www.moaf.org or connect with the Museum on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram @FinanceMuseum.