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.
Drawing, activities, halfterm

The Big Draw - Join the fleet!

  • 26 — 30 October 2015

During the half term week (26 – 30 October), as part of the nationwide Campaign for Drawing, the Bank of England Museum welcomes its younger visitors to let their imagination take over by designing a boat.

Climb abaord the life-sized boat morred in the Museum and take the helm of the interactive boat game to discover what the Bank does to keep the economy on a steady course. You can then design your own boat and enter the competition with prizes to be won! The Winning designs will be displayed on the Bank's website.

Actoivity sheets for children of all ages are available, with a small prixe for all those who take part.

Suitable for

  • Any age
Bank of England Museum

Museums at Night - Banknotes and Bullion

  • 30 October 2015 5:30-9pm

The Bank of England Museum will be open from 5:30pm to 9:00pm offering a rare opportunity to visit out of regular opening hours. There will be ad-hoc gallery talks by the Museum's team offering a unique insight into some of the most intriguing and fascinating objects of its unique collections.

Throughout the night there will also be presentations on banknotes, with some of the Bank's experts demonstrating easy ways to check that your banknotes are genuine, and talking about the upcoming launch of polymer banknotes.

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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