Kids will learn all about how money works in our new financial literacy exhibit!  Featuring a drive-in window, ATM machine, and interactive games make learning about earning, spending, saving, and giving money fun.


Sponsored by a grant award from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the University of Iowa Community Credit Union, and the Community Foundation of Johnson County (CFJC), the CFJC Coralville Fund and Wells Fargo.

Exhibit Overview
The exhibit will provide museum guests  with important hands-on learning opportunities focused on financial literacy. Children can role-play as the bank teller, manager, loan officer or customer as they explore activities that highlight earning, saving, spending and philanthropy. Exhibit teaches basic math and problem-solving skills and helps kids become money smart.

The Bank:

  • ATM station: Using the bank's touch-screen ATM, children learn about deposits and withdrawals, and how consumers manage their accounts using technology.
  • Banker's Desk & Teller's Window: At the banker's desk, children can participate in guided activities where they learn about accounts, loans and other bank services using a pretend computer, phone, calendar, calculator and a variety of resource materials. Pretend checking or savings deposit slips are available at the walk-up teller's window!
  • Drive-Up Window: Children can be the teller or the customer as they use the pull-out and sliding drawers to exchange pretend money.
  • Drive-Up Car: A kid-sized car adds to the role-play experience at the bank's drive-up window.

Fun Finance Stations: Wall-Mounted stations offer interactive games and challenges where children can practice identifying currency and learn important lessons about managing personal finances.

  • Cravings & Savings: A spin of the wheel directs children to add their savings or give into their cravings in a fun activity that demonstrates how regular savings habits can quickly pay off.
  • Sharing: Using a fun interactive maze, children learn about philanthropy as they choose the charities they would like to support.
  • Every Last Cent:
  • A colorful flip puzzle encourages children to identify and match U.S. coin and paper currency.

Target Audience: Educational activities are designed for children ages 3 - 8.

A special thank you to our generous donors: Institute of Museum and Library Services, University of Iowa Community Credit Union, Community Foundation of Johnson County (CFJC), CFJC Coralville Fund, Wells Fargo