Visit the Bank of England Museum to learn about the history of the United Kingdom’s central bank since its inception in 1694. See ancient banknotes, coins and silverware, hold a genuine gold bar and spot displays of antique banking equipment. The Bank of England Museum is housed within the walls of the headquarters of the Bank of England. While visiting the museum you can also admire the bank’s impressive architectural features.
The museum has five themed exhibition halls, which take you on a through-the-ages tour of the bank, the buildings and its people. Start in The Bank’s Stock Office gallery, which is a replica of the 18th-century stock office. Take a virtual tour of the bank vaults and the impact of significant worldwide financial crises. Discover the reasons for establishing the bank in The Early Years, 1694 – 1800 gallery.
Pass through to The Rotunda, 1800 – 1946 gallery and spot statues by Sir John Sloane that were part of the original building’s décor. Here you’ll get the chance to hold a 28 pound (13 kilogram) gold bar and browse temporary exhibits such as photography displays.
Spend some time checking out the various editions of banknotes in The Banknote Gallery. These notes range from early handwritten pieces to today’s colorful designs. Finish your visit in The Modern Economy, 1946 – present gallery. Appreciate the work that goes into producing the security aspects of modern-day money. Watch a short movie about the Bank of England’s role and responsibility in the U.K.’s economy.
The Bank of England Museum sits in London’s historic financial district, called the City of London. It’s easy to get here via public transport such as buses, trains and the Tube. The museum is adjacent to Bank station. The Museum of London and St. Paul’s Cathedral are less than a 15-minute walk away.
The museum is open from Monday to Friday, except for select national holidays. Admission to all of the exhibitions and events is free. Free information brochures and children’s activity sheets are available at the reception. Find full details on the museum’s official website.
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