Obscura Society LA: The Destruction of Money - Atlas Obscura
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Los Angeles

Obscura Society LA: The Destruction of Money

Join us as we watch millions of dollars destroyed right before our eyes

The Los Angeles Federal Reserve doesn't print money. It's where money goes to die. 

Join Obscura Society LA and field agent Robert Hemedes for an exclusive behind the scenes tour of the Los Angeles Federal Reserve, the branch that specializes in the destruction of money. 

The Los Angeles Federal Reserve is responsible for determining when US currency has reached the end of its lifespan and is "unfit" for further use.  Every day, the Federal Reserve shreds tens of millions of dollars' worth of worn out bills.  We will be given the opportunity to witness this process and see the shredding of our nation's unfit currency by specialized lasers. Up to 29 million dollars a day is shredded in this branch alone and it's home to the second largest repository of cash in the country.

During the tour, attendees will get to see the Fed's cash operations, including the coin and cash supply for Las Vegas, Southern California, and Arizona.  Additionally, you will get to try your hand at identifying counterfeit bills, learn about historic banknotes, observe deposits being dropped off by armored couriers from across Southern California and Las Vegas, and see at least a billion dollars in cold, straight up ca$h.

In order to adhere to the strict regulations of the Federal Reserve (it is a government agency), we must submit all names of attendees two weeks prior to our tour date.

We will be closing registration by the end of the day May 20th, so please reserve your ticket now. 

Notes for this Adventure:

- Unfortunately, no cameras or cellphones are allowed inside the building, Please leave them at home or in your car. 

- Photo identification is required. The security check will be similar to the one at the airport.  

- Public parking (paid) at Olympic and Grand, or a 3 block walk from the 7th street Metro station.

- Must be 18 years or older for this tour, so sorry, no children. 

- You will need to provide your full legal name upon registration for this adventure.