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Currency Museum of the Bank of Canada - CLOSED

245 Sparks Street, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0G9, Canada (Byward Market Area)
613-782-8914
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Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Owner description: Experience the most comprehensive collection of Canadian notes, coins, and tokens in the world as...
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Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Owner description: Experience the most comprehensive collection of Canadian notes, coins, and tokens in the world as well as currency from other countries. The Currency Museum is just a five minute walk from Parliament Hill. Free Admission.

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Ottawa, Canada
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86 reviews 86 reviews
28 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

About 5 months ago the Bank of Canada building in Ottawa closed for a major building renovation. It was announced at the time that the Museum Currency of the Bank of Canada was moving to the Canadian Royal Mint on Sussex Drive in Ottawa. It is being relocated in this new venue permanently for security reasons.

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Ottawa, Canada
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

You can do this justice in an hour--very interesting look at the beginnings of currency and Canada's approach.

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Toronto, Canada
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62 reviews 62 reviews
39 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

bills from all over the world, cool run down of the world and how currency came about. Very interesting place

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Toronto, Canada
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32 reviews 32 reviews
13 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

It's a small museum compared to the others but it's free and it's right around where we were. Nothing special though.

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Ottawa, Canada
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68 reviews 68 reviews
34 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013

Great little FREE museum is closing for 3 years for renovations. I look forward to seeing the new one. There will instead be " travelling exhibitions", and an " enhanced cyber-museum".

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Thunder Bay, Canada
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43 reviews 43 reviews
18 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2013

We went to the museum on Canada day, at the request of my 9 year old. The curator has done a wonderful job of delivering what might be considered dry material in an extremely interesting fashion. There are many coins from all over the world and even from ship wrecks; and extensive paper monies which were fascinating in the creation... More 

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Canada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2013

This museum very interesting and there was no admission charge. We learned a lot. My kids enjoyed the video on how to spot counterfeit money. I liked learning about the early history of currency and the history of currency in Canada in particular.

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Ottawa, Canada
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31 reviews 31 reviews
11 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2013

As others say, you don't expect it to be interesting, but it actually is! You see currency from all around the world and different periods of history. Best of all, it is a FREE CURRENCY museum!!

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Top Contributor
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37 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013 via mobile

This is a great museum. It covers the history of currency around the world, including what materials were used as currency before coins, the evolution of coins, and the advent of paper money. The impact of inflation and wars, as well as frauds are also displayed. The displays are excellent -- full of information. In fact, my only complaint is... More 

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Elgin, Texas
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172 attraction reviews
294 helpful votes 294 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2013 via mobile

Hurry Hurry Hurry before this absolutely free and marvelous museum closes for three years. This museum is one of my favorite places in Ottawa and it is FREE!!!!! Outstanding collection of coins from ancient times til the present and paper currency as well. If only they gave samples! lol.

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