Federal Reserve Bank Tours
Taking a tour of a bank might not sound all that exciting, but this isn’t just any bank, this is the Federal Reserve of New York, the largest in the United States’ system of Federal Reserve Banks, and the place where a giant vault stores one of the largest depositories of gold in the world.
The Federal Reserve offers free guided tours, during which you’ll see the gold vault and learn about what it is the Federal Reserve does.
Unfortunately, there are no photos allowed within the Federal Reserve, so if you have your heart set on taking a selfie with a gold bar, you’re out of luck.
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Federal Reserve Bank Tour Reservations
You have to make advance reservations for the Federal Reserve Bank tours. You can register for a tour online at the Federal Reserve website. Click on the “Tour Experience” section of the Museum & Gold Vault Tour page to get to the reservations section. Space is limited to 25 guests for each tour. The reservation spots fill up fast, so plan on visiting the Federal Reserve website when the tickets are released for reservations, which is at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time 30 days before the tour.
Tours last one hour and are held Monday through Friday at 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. No tours on bank holidays.
As you can imagine, there’s a security check before the tour, so plan on arriving early to allow time to get through screening. Visit the Federal Reserve Bank website for details regarding tour procedure and requirements.
Federal Reserve Bank Location
The Federal Reserve Bank address is 44 Maiden Lane. It’s located in Lower Manhattan, between Nassau and William Street.