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Bank of England Museum

Threadneedle St EC2R 8AH, London EC2R 8AH, England (Islington / Clerkenwell)
+44 20 7601 5545
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Ranked #269 of 1,108 Attractions in London
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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wakefield
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44 reviews 44 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

The museum is great, very informative and fun for all the family. Admission is free and you can spend quite a whole in there if you like to read everything. The specialist talks throughout the day are well worth going to, as the staff are very knowledgeable.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

I've been here more than once as I enjoy the coins and history. It's at the Bank of England but the entrance is on the east side as opposed to the main bank entrance on the south side (Threadneedle St.). Popular with school groups but I haven't found it hard to get in most times.

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Calgary
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

Such a disappointment. We visited the Bureau of Engraving in Washington DC where they print US currency. So much more interesting. The Bank of England museum was designed for school groups with kids forced to attend because they would never venture there on their own, and as a parent i wouldn't either.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

An interesting little find, that did take some searching on the streets of London, but we chalked it up to the end of the day, tired bodies, and heat! Our journey to the museum was enjoyable as we found a small group of folks who were filming either a commercial or video or something. While we were sure the young... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

I took my friends three three year old out he thoughly enjoyed himself the only probkem was the museum was full of children without enough adult supervision. The exhibits that were interactive were hogged by older chikdren who had no idea about sharing.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

The place was full of kids messing around with interactive exhibits. I wanted to get out as soon as I entered as it was small, noisy and nothing grabbed my attention. I guess I would have prefered a guided tour of the bank itself.

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

This small museum has some interesting items and would be a little "dry" (ie dull) were it not for the interesting displays and interactive features. The first room has some historical elements around the edges but is otherwise focused on children. Elsewhere they show English banknotes through the centuries since 1694 as well as explaining how economics work and the... More

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Very easy to get to free entry Very interesting banking and coin/paper money developments very full explanations not too crowded very much worth a visit right nest to Bank underground station, in the square mile/city of london

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

The Bank of England is a great Museum. It shows the history of the Bank from when it opened in 1694 to how the economy works today. There is also a great display on Bank notes overtime in England. It is a great way for teenagers to understand economics. I would recommend visiting the Bank of England Museum.

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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Nice Well laid out organised Museum,including the chance to hold a £300,000+ Bar of Gold,allow 30-45 Minutes, ALL FREE OF CHARGE.

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