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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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This fascinating Museum, located within the impressive walls of the Bank of...

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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I'm glad I didn't pass this up because it was very interesting...not only because I studied finance but because the exhibits are so well done...from the video game about... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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13 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I'm glad I didn't pass this up because it was very interesting...not only because I studied finance but because the exhibits are so well done...from the video game about quantitative easing to the actual gold bar worth a half a million dollars you can pick up (although in a secured glass case with a slot for your hand)!

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Thank Andrew D
Windsor, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This was my second trip to the Bank of England museum and I really enjoyed it. The security guard has an excellent uniform which is pink with a top hat! Always a good start to an attraction in my opinion. There is a lot to read but there are also a number of interactive elements for younger children. They have... More 

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Thank FAinsworth87
Mumbai
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent and informative museum on history of money at the Bank of England. Lot of activities also available for children.

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Thank Payal G
Colchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had never visited before. What a pleasant way to spend some time in the city. There's some great interaction displays for children (of all ages!) and the pleasure/frustration of seeing how heavy a bar of gold is!

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Thank Malcolm D
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We enjoyed several hours on a self guided tour of the B of E Museum. The staff were welcoming on arrival and the exhibits were informative and very family friendly. We left with a clear understanding of the working and the role of the Bank over the centuries. An excellent free tour.

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Thank AJ_ABERDEEN
Avon, Connecticut, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 208 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

For those interested in banking, this is truly a not-to-be-missed educational exhibit which is unique to the other museums in London.

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Thank Linda K
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

What a gem of a place. Impressive building with very helpful staff. We had an interesting few hours here. Delighted with the children's worksheet/quizzes, kept my two occupied throughout our visit. Small enough museum for them to wander round safely on their own. Our highlight was *actually* holding a gold bar. I mean.... Not something I've ever done before. Or... More 

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Thank Shortbreakswithmy2
Brentwood, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Took my two son's here in the summer. One is mad on coins and he loved the museum. Very educational, well laid out and free to get into. Was a very interesting museum to go to. If you work in London, you could make the visit in a lunch hour

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Thank Coaliepie
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

The Bank of England Museum is really interesting and might surprise you. If you have any interest in money, and who doesn't, it's worth visiting to see the history of finance, economy and trade. You can also pick up a gold bar while there and see how heavy they actually are.

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Thank armrestdominance
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

London has long been and is still the center of financial world, and this museum tells you how Bank of England played its role through these years. This is not a big museum, but if you would like to learn British history and bank business, this is the place for you, and it's free. A lot of people stop to... More 

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