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Bank of England Museum

Address: Threadneedle St EC2R 8AH, London EC2R 8AH, England (Islington / Clerkenwell)
Phone Number: +44 20 7601 5545
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Ranked #179 of 919 Attractions in London
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Please note that the Museum will be closed for maintenance from 5 January to 16 January 2015...
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Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Hours:
Mon - Fri 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: Please note that the Museum will be closed for maintenance from 5 January to 16 January 2015 inclusive. 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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London, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

Who knew banks could be so fun?!? This is a fantastically informative and entertaining museum which gives you the history of the bank, the money and information about gold. Being able to lift a bar of gold worth £333,000 was definitely the highlight and makes it all worth it!

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London
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

I knew about this museum having organised for some classes at my primary school to visit but I hadn't ever gone. A spare afternoon during the week (it's only open Mon-Fri) saw me and my other half give it a try. You arrive and are greeted by airport security scanning of your bags...and then very welcoming reception staff who give... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

We visited with our 2 young girls and the staff couldn't have made us feel more welcome. Our daughters were given pencils and a quiz that had to be completed which made them learn with great enthusiasm. At the end they were were rewarded with little prizes and their eyes lit up. The museum itself is incredibly interesting especially the... More 

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Great Yarmouth, United Kingdom
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111 reviews 111 reviews
17 attraction reviews
173 helpful votes 173 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

As a retired Bank Manager, who remembers banking from a professional viewpoint from the 60's to the 00's, I found this museum absolutely fascinating. I thought the amount of detail given was just right - not too scholarly, and not too childish either. It is not a huge museum, which is in its favour. I will certainly visit again when... More 

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Fareham, United Kingdom
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5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Taking a young child here probably not the best idea as didn't get to read much. A lot of information to read which is interesting. Lots of coins and money from all era's. Few interactive bits for older kids but not loads. You don't need a lot of time to go around it.

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Rochester, New York
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34 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

This is a museum that was not in my guide book, but I learned about it when I had to visit the Bank of England to exchange old bills for new ones. The museum traces the history of the Bank of England over its 200+ year history. The Bank is the equivalent of the Federal Reserve Bank in the US,... More 

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

An interesting way to spend and hour or two. Fun to see the gold bar and also the links with the war. However some of the exhibits could be more interactive - much to see and read. Well located if you are on a day in London

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Canberra, Australia
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13 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

I was in the area and popped in not expecting much. It is relatively small but that keeps you interested. There are interactive displays for kids and you get to lift a real gold bar (amidst high security). While limited in scope it is the closest I will come to truly holding one of these :) Overall worth popping in... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

I always found money and economics fascinating because if you really look at history and the start of wars and social breakdowns that lead to great atrocity, it always starts with an economic breakdown rooted in abuse of the money system. I like the idea that the Bank of England tries to educate people on the system and how it... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

If your around London and have an hour or two spare I would recomend going to the Bank of England museum. Its open 10am to 5pm weekdays only but has a full history of the BoE from its start to current day with lots of visual exhibits. If your interested in either history or banking you will find this fascinating... More 

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