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.
Children taking part in the Big Draw

The Big Draw - Designs on your money

  • 24 — 28 October 2016

During the half-term week (24 - 28 October) as part of the nationwide Campaign for Drawing, the Bank of England Museum invites its younger visitors to get creative by designing a banknote.

Explore our new Banknote Gallery for inspiration and discover the security and design features we use on our notes. What new features will you add to make your banknote more secure? Will you choose a famous character or a landmark? Will your notes be printed on polymer, like the new £5 note? Your imagination is the only limit! Enter your drawing into our competition, which has a prize for the best entry in the following age groups: up to 5 years old, 6 to 8 years, 9 to 11 years and 12 years and over. The winning designs will be displayed on our website.

There will be short interactive talks about banknotes taking place at 1pm every day throughout the event.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Polymer £5 note

Museums at Night - Banknotes and Bullion

  • 28 October 2016 5:30-9pm

The Bank of England Museum will be open from 5.30pm - 9.00pm offering a rare opportunity to visit out of regular opening hours. There will be special talks throughout the evening giving visitors a unique insight into some of the most intriguing and fascinating objects.

Visitors can explore the newly refurbished 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.

Banknote experts will also be conducting short talks giving background information about our current notes, including the new polymer £5 note.

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

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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