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Bank of England Museum

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Address: Threadneedle St EC2R 8AH, London EC2R 8AH, England
Phone Number: +44 20 7601 5545
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Mon - Fri 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Description: This fascinating Museum, located within the impressive walls of the Bank...
This fascinating Museum, located within the impressive walls of the Bank of England, tells the history of the Bank from its foundation in 1694 to the present day. Its unique collections of coins, banknotes and artefacts are supplemented by audio-visual and interactive displays. Visitors can even handle a real gold bar! Exciting new displays and exhibits have been added to the permanent galleries following a period of renovation.
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Took two 10yrs and they loved it. The childrens quiz was very well thought out for them. Touching a gold bar was the highlight if their day. I loved looking at all the old coins... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Took two 10yrs and they loved it. The childrens quiz was very well thought out for them. Touching a gold bar was the highlight if their day. I loved looking at all the old coins and notes. Brilliant free attraction to pass an hour on a wet day.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Full disclosure - I'm an accountant. But I think this may be one of the best kept secrets in London. Learn the history of money and banking, lift a gold bar, and view important artefacts in the history of trade. Sounds super nerdy which may be why I almost had the place to myself, but it is really interactive and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

A trip to London with a retirement group this was one of two attractions taken in. We were part of a party of 40 people and had time to look around the museum prior to a talk and film guide to the history. Very informative, very interesting. The museum is free and there are interactive bits to play with. Good... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

A set of historical documents of course but also a serie of didactical presentations on different aspects of currencies. Missions of the bank are clearly defined and explained for children. It was also pretty impressive for my teen to be able to TOUCH and handle a 13 kg gold bar !

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

This one surprised me - a really well thought out museum for children - they may not understand interest rates but they enjoyed the quiz sheets and learning about the security features of our currency. Generous 'small prizes' for the completed quiz sheet really rounded out a nice visit!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

We only stayed for a short time but this is a very well presented, interesting and interactive museum.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Visited with our teenager grandchildren to pass some time in the City area. Absolutely fascinating. We needed far longer than the one hour we had before they closed. We loved steering the bank rate boat, learning about security measures on the banknotes, seeing all the old coins, learning about QE and seeing all the memorabilia and ledgers from the past.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

A really interesting museum, well-presented and appealing. The highlight for everyone was lifting a real gold bar! It was great seeing the collections of notes and coins and having a look at our own notes to see if they were forged! There was a trail for the children which was different for different ages. We have a 13 yo and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015 via mobile

I visited with my daughter as part of a group visit and we started in the cinema with a presentation and talk on the history of the bank and the building. Then we went through the very interesting museum the highlight of which has got to be testing your strength to lift the very heavy gold bar. I am pleased... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

We visited here in the middle of August and were pleasantly surprised. It takes about 1-2 hours depending on whether you have children who want to do the quiz sheets. My girls (8 & 12) enjoyed the interactive parts (holding the gold bar, sailing a ship through economic storms, checking our own bank notes for security markings etc.). This is... More 

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From its ancient past as a Roman trading outpost to its 21st century status as the wealthiest square mile in the world, the financial district known simply as “The City” is one of London's most historic and fascinating neighborhoods. Here high rise office towers such as Norman Foster’s Gherkin mingle with Roman ruins and architectural marvels from virtually every era in between, including Christopher Wren's glorious St.Paul's Cathedral, and John Soane's dauntingly classicist Bank of England. This neighborhood is also home to some of the finest restaurants and plushest hotels in Europe, in addition to an assortment of watering holes, upscale shops, and Tube stations. During the week, the City is abuzz with white collar workers going about their business; the weekend sees this area turn into a quiet haven for sightseers.
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