Fodor's Expert Review Federal Reserve Bank of New York
With its imposing mix of sandstone, limestone, and ironwork, the Federal Reserve looks the way a bank ought to: strong and impregnable. The gold ingots in the subterranean vaults here are worth roughly $350 billion—reputedly a third of the world's gold reserves. Hour-long Museum and Gold Vault Tours (conducted twice every weekday and requiring reservations) include a visit to the gold vault, the trading desk, and "FedWorks," a multimedia exhibit center where you can track hypothetical trades. Visitors must show an officially issued photo ID, such as a driver's license or passport, and pass through scanners to enter the building. The Fed advises bringing minimal baggage and arriving 30 minutes before your tour to accommodate security screening; entry is from Maiden Lane. Photography is not permitted.