Bank of England Museum

Bank of England Museum
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The Bank of England Museum tells the story of the Bank from its foundation in 1694 to its role in today's economy. Interactive programmes with graphics and video help explain its many and varied roles. Popular exhibits include a unique collection of banknotes and a genuine gold bar which may be handled.

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Opening hours

Mon-Fri 1000-1700

Closed: Weekends and Public & Bank Holidays. Except for Open Door Day, Open House Weekend and Lord Mayors Show day.

Admission charges


Additional info

The Museum offers presentations for groups of between 15 and 50 people. Cinema presentations can be adapted to suit the age, knowledge and ability of the group. They are free of charge but their popularity means they must be booked in advance (020 7601 5545).

Collection details

Architecture, Coins and Medals, Social History

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Gold bars

Museums at Night - Banknotes and Bullion

  • 13 May 2016 5:30-9pm

On Friday 13 May the Bank of England Museum will be opening its doors to visitors for this rare opportunity for an evening visit, as part of the nationwide Museums at Night festival.

Banknotes experts will be conducting short talks giving background information about current Bank of England notes as well as explaining how to use the advanced design and security features to identify genuine notes. In September 2016, the Bank will be launching the new £5 note, featuring Sir Winston Churchill, the first Bank of England note to be printed on polymer. Visitors can find out more about the move to polymer and take a look at mock-up banknotes.

Members of the Banks Bullion team will be on hand to answer questions about gold. Visitors can try their hand at lifting a genuine bar of gold, which is more than 99.5% pure. Weighing an impressive 13 kilos, it will take many people by surprise!

Throughout the evening the Museum’s team will be conducting special talks giving visitors a unique insight into some of the most intriguing and fascinating objects of its treasured collection.

All the Museum displays will also be available including the latest exhibition Capturing the City: Photography at the Bank of England, showcasing the Bank’s photography collection and providing a fascinating record of the Bank, its buildings and staff since the Victorian era.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Admission and all activities are free, and there's no need to book.


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Pounds & Pence

A film presentation about money and prices for 8-14 year olds (Key Stages 2 and 3).
This sixty minutes presentation is cross-curricular and contains educational links to English, Maths, History and Citizenship/PSHE/PSE/PSD. The themes covered potentially link to the well-being aims of the Every Child Matters agenda.
Children will enjoy the upbeat style of the film and the humorous scenarios which explain the points in an accessible and entertaining way. Using sheets of new banknotes worth thousands of pounds, children will examine the security features and be encouraged to play an active part throughout the presentation.


  • Welsh

How to obtain

To book a free presentation, please call 0207 601 5545 or email

Bank of England Museum
Bartholomew Lane
City of London




020 7601 5545


020 7601 5808

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