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.
Object handling

Museums at Night - Banknotes and Bullion

  • 19 May 2017 5:30-9pm

The Bank of England Museum will be open from 5.30pm - 9pm offering a rare opportunity to visit out of regular opening hours. There will be special talks taking place throughout the evening giving visitors a unique insight into some of the most intriguing and fascinating objects.

The Museum team will also be revealing some unseen objects from the Bank's collection which visitors can handle.

Banknote experts will be conducting short talks giving background information about our current notes. Visitors can also explore the Banknote Gallery, which presents the story of the banknote and how they have evolved over the years, from simple paper receipts into the most sophisticated note that the Bank has issued to date.

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

Suitable for

  • Any age




Creative workshop

Piggy Bank on us!

  • 30 May — 2 June 2017

The Bank of England has a large collection of money boxes which come in various shapes and sizes, from wise owls, to garden gnomes. Join us this half term and follow the trail around the museum to see if you can spot these money boxes. You can then join a fun and creative workshop and decorate your own ceramic piggy bank to take home. Perfect to start saving your pennies.

Activity sheet sheets are also available for children of all ages, with a small prize for all those who take part.

Suitable for

  • Any age




Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

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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