What Does the Fed Do?
100 Years Serving as the Nation’s Central Bank

What does the fed do?

The exhibit is open to the public by appointment through November 2014.

Guided tours are offered on Mondays from 11am - 3pm, and at other times by special arrangement.

To tour the exhibit, please contact:

Melita Podesta

To mark the 100-year anniversary of the founding of the Federal Reserve System, the Boston Fed has created an exhibit called “What Does the Fed Do? 100 Years of Serving as the Nation’s Central Bank.” The exhibit gives a brief overview of the Fed’s general activities and addresses some of the common misconceptions that visitors have shared over the years, such as, “The Fed prints money.” In addition to the educational content, the visitor will see shredded money from the Boston Fed’s very own shredders used in novel, decorative, and informative ways by set designer Steve McGonagle.

To show regional diversity through a slightly different lens, the exhibit will host artwork from different Reserve Banks. On view through the end of May are two paintings belonging to the Dallas Fed, followed by artwork from the Richmond and Cleveland Feds. (For Android users, we have expanded label text for these paintings that can be accessed through the near-field communication tags in their phones.)

Come see the original painting of Woodrow Wilson signing the Federal Reserve Act of 1913, commissioned from Wilbur G. Kurtz Sr. for the opening of the Atlanta Fed, and the two original oil composition sketches by N.C. Wyeth that he presented when applying for the commission to paint the murals for the Boston Fed. The murals are still in the old Boston Fed building, now the Langham Hotel, and our exhibit features full-size replicas in addition to the sketches.

What Does the Fed Do? Exhibit Booklet pdf