Bank of England Museum
Bank of England Museum
City of London
020 7601 5545
020 7601 5808
The Bank of England Museum tells the story of the Bank from its foundation in 1694 to its role in today's economy. Ineractive 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
Closed: Weekends and Public & Bank Holidays. Except for Open Door Day, Open House Weekend and Lord Mayors Show day.
The Museum will be closed for maintenance from 1 January until 28 March 2014.
We apologise for the inconvenience.
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).
Museums at Night: Banknotes and Bullion
- 16 May 2014 5:30-9pm
On Friday 16 May the Bank of England Museum will offer its visitors a rare opportunity for an evening visit as part of the nationwide Museums at Night campaign. Doors will open from 5:30pm until 9:00pm, with special events taking place through the evening.
Banknotes experts will conduct short presentations giving background information about current Bank of England notes as well as explaining how to use the intricate design and security features to identify genuine notes. They will also be happy to answer any questions from the public.
Gold will also be playing a prominent role during the evening. Visitors can try their hand at lifting a genuine gold bar although, weighing 13kg, it will take many people by surprise! Some of the Bank’s bullion experts will be on hand to answer any questions about gold.
All the Museum displays will also be available. Visitors can take the controls of a virtual hot air balloon and chart it on a stable course to simulate the role of the Bank in keeping inflation steady. The Museum houses the world's finest collection of Bank of England banknotes alongside items from the Bank’s collections of silver, paintings, photographs, coins, books and documents.
- Any age
Admission and all activities are free, and there’s no need to book.
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.
How to obtain
To book a free presentation, please call 0207 601 3833 / 3866 / 3951 or email firstname.lastname@example.org