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Come On Kids, We're Going To The Finance Museum!

Forget Disneyland and dinosaurs exhibits. Here's a new way to try to engage the kids that can also help secure their future: the world's first ever Savings and Finance Museum opens in Turin next month. The mascot is an industrious little

Depiction of the New York Stock Exchange, 1909 (Moses King)
Depiction of the New York Stock Exchange, 1909 (Moses King)

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TURIN – That "money doesn't grow on trees' is not a lesson you can expect to find explained at the local natural science museum or botanical garden. So the Italian industrial capital of Turin has taken on the task of establishing the first ever Museum of Savings and Finance, which opens its doors on May 25.

Would-be Warren Buffets and Silvio Berlusconis of the future can learn about interest rates and share prices in a 600 square-meter Renaissance building that appropriately enough originally hosted a pawnshop. In five rooms, visitors of all ages will be taught the history of money and stock exchanges, and will also get tips on how to indeed make their money grow.

The museum, promises to be "interactive and funny," includes a presentation of pension funds explained to children by Formi and Mica, the fictional ants (formica is Italian for ant) who are the mascots of the institution. Museum officials assure that greed is not at the core of the project, and note that the foundation behind it is a registered non-profit.

Read the original article in Italian by Maurizio Lupo

Photo - Moses King

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