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

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Stories from the City logo

Stories from the City: The Bank of England in literature

  • 19 July 2017 — 19 July 2018 *on now

The exhibition celebrates the launch of the new Jane Austen £10 note and explores the Bank of England’s literary connections, from writers who have a direct connection to the Bank or worked elsewhere in the City of London, to stories where the Bank of England has featured as a location. Other stories tell the tales of sensational thefts and frauds, or examine the effects of financial crises through the years.

Suitable for

  • Any age




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.

Easter Eggs-travganza

  • 3 — 6 April 2018
  • 9 — 13 April 2018

During the Easter break join the Bank of England Museum for the Chicks’ Great EGGscape, the perfect event to entertain the whole family.

Somewhere inside the Museum lies a golden egg. Join the hunt to see if you can find the hidden egg and chick’s by following the trail around the Museum. Children can then get creative and become their favourite Easter animal by decorating a mask or finger puppet of their choice. There’s a chocolate egg for every child.

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

Suitable for

  • Any age


Object handling

Museums at Night - Banknotes and Bullion

  • 18 May 2018 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

  • 16-17
  • 14-15
  • 18+
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 3461 5545


020 3461 5808

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