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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
Fee: No
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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Great free museum

This museum was fairly close to our hotel and as we only had a few hours to spare we decided to give it a go. Both of our children were given quizzes to complete which were... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 29, 2015
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Blyth, United Kingdom
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Blyth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

This museum was fairly close to our hotel and as we only had a few hours to spare we decided to give it a go. Both of our children were given quizzes to complete which were tailored to their age ranges. They had great fun looking for the answers, with a bit of help from us, and I'm sure they... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

Great museum. Very interesting and informative and its free. There was lots for children to do:- puzzles, cracking a code to open a safe, lifting a bar of gold which weighs approx 2 stones. Children are given a questionnaire to complete to win a small prize on entering.

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

This is very nice museum. Very informative. Children can learn a lot about economy, money etc. There are nice interactive audio-visuals, hands-on activities etc. to explain the concepts of inflation, interest rate etc. Keep about 1.5/2 hours. There is no cost. This is just one station away from St. Paul Cathedral. One can even walk. Area around it is also... More 

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Henlow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

The museum is very enjoyable it explained the Bank’s history and its work today at the centre of the British economy. A variety of free talks and presentations were running on the day of our visit The highlight for young and old alike was seeing who could lift the bar of gold worth approximately £300k

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Westfield, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Sometimes you need a break from the tourists and crowds and visit something very unique in London. Located in the heart of the Financial District is the Bank of England museum on Bartholomew Lane. Museum covers the history of the bank and currency, the buildings and the people who contributed to the mighty pound sterling. A fun addition is the... More 

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United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Good to see old notes and coins as well as reading the history of the Bank of England. Great to hold the Gold Bar. Easy to get to, its around the corner from the main Bank of England entrance. There is no charge for entry.

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Skipton, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

Enjoyed the visit and found it extremely interesting. Well worth a visit. Good place to go when it's raining

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Preston, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

Great way to spend an hour. Interesting displays and media, interactive for both adults and children. Understand how the money markets work and balancing the books. Best thing get your hands on a real gold bar worth around £316000, only thing you can't take it with you.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

It is not the normal type of museum but one filled with unusual facts. For trivia hunters, it is loaded with tidbits around daily money and history you never knew. For the boasters, it is not everyday that you get to hold a 400 oz gold bar with knowledge that below your feet rests 1000's of such specimen. For kids... More 

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United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

Great place helpful and witty staff,lots to see money through the ages, learn how to manage the economy and of course pick up a real bar of gold - and it feels good! Would highly recommend for all ages, and it's free.

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