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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 #221 of 1,085 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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Minnetonka, Minnesota
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20 reviews 20 reviews
11 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

One of our English friends planned to visit the bank with us. It was a good, free option to learn more about the Bank of England and the history behind it. The tour is pretty quick and pretty informative, but it was a bit rushed. No pictures can be taken during the tour until you get to the actual museum... More

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Austin, Texas
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12 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

This was a great way to spend an hour or so with the kids. It was very educational and taught them all about economy, inflation, quantitative easing and how interest rates are set. I actually learnt a few things too. It made it fun for the kids with some games they could play to predict inflation rates when interest rates... More

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England
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158 reviews 158 reviews
65 attraction reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Hey it's free to get in so that's a good start. Now with it being the Bank of England Museum the subject's covered are not going to be vast assortment are they? I was maybe hoping for a peek into the vaults! Glad we went to see it though. I picked up a brochure on quantative easing while there, should... More

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London, United Kingdom
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128 reviews 128 reviews
95 attraction reviews
110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014 via mobile

The Bank of England Museum is small museum located close to both Bank and Cannon Street Stations. The exhibit centers around the history of the Bank of England and UK currency. There is also some interactive games that tries to show the workings of the economy. I think the small and irregular size of the exhibition space available was probably... More

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Singapore
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5 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

We were staying near St. Paul's Cathedral with a few hours before heading for our train so we walked around the financial district and stopped at the Bank of England Museum. It wasn't crowded (kind of off the tourist track). However, we found it to be an interesting history of the economics of England. We spent about an hour at... More

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7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

A last minute choice of museum for us, it did not disappoint. A great collection of money and the history of the monetary system of Great Britain. Only a shame you're not allowed to take pictures of the museum items (as it's understandably not allowed in the bank itself).

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Brentwood, Essex
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81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

The Bank of England museum is at the back of the Bank of England - a couple of minutes walk from Bank tube station. The museum manages to engage both adults and children aged about 7 or over simultaneously with a good mix of real artefacts, interactive activities and clear information presented in small, easy to understand chunks. I came... More

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Israel
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

Interesting museum for finance buffs and kids. Pay attention the map location is off, I trusted the Tripadvisor map in the phone app without checking online and wasted one hour to understand the mistake and get to the right location (address correct, just map location off to the north-west).

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Wokingham, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

As noted elsewhere, a little gem, easy to find, informative and interesting free diversion for all the family. Short walk to the likes of St Paul's or across to Millenium Bridge.

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London, United Kingdom
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10 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

i visited this yesterday it was very interesting there were things for kids to find and Stories it was free to get in too worth a visit about 90 MINUTES IN THERE

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