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Museum of Australian Currency Notes

65 Martin Place, Ground Floor | Reserve Bank of Australia, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
+61-2-95519743
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Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

If you are interested in the history of currency it is an excellent place going over the history of currency notes in Australia from the early settlements to the present day. I found particularly interesting the conversion to decimal currency in the 1960s ( great TV ad). There is also a display about the new polymer notes and the modern... More

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Sydney, Australia
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43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

I have walked past the Reserve Bank office in Martin Place scores of times without even realising there was a museum in it. Then one day I did notice the museum and resolved to pay it a visit one day. Soon enough I was early for a meeting at Parliament House and to pass the time I looked it. It... More

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

Fancy not visiting this great little museum until now! Tucked away in the corner of the Reserve Bank building in Martin Place, we were welcomed and ushered in. There were a few others there, but mostly we had the place to ourselves. It is arranged chronologically, and deals mainly with notes rather than coins. There were a few coins from... More

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Windsor, United Kingdom
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24 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 via mobile

This is a little gem. It plots the history of Australia through its bank notes. They have gone to great expense to display the notes properly and explain why the various notes did and did not get into circulation. It was fascinating to discover that the Dollar was nearly called the Royal. It is an excellent visit if you like... More

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Brisbane, Queensland
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112 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

I loved this museum tucked away in the foyer of the Reserve Bank Headquarters in Martin Place right in the heart of Sydney near the Channel 7 Building. The staff are very friendly, it's free to visit and you learn about Australian currency from the earliest days of European settlement though to Federation and today's pioneering polymer notes. Seeing some... More

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Sydney, Australia
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64 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2013

Visited with kids (9 &11 yo), fantastic experience ! The museum is free, conveniently located ( right above the Martin place station) , kids get to learn about the currency by doing a treasure hunt (which is always fun) and they get a gift at the end if all 10 questions are answered correctly, adults get to do a little... More

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Elgin, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2013

Not really, but hope I got your interest. Apparently this is a museum that is rarely visited by tourists. I love money and thought I'd take a looksie - very happy I did as it is absolutely free and details the history of Australian currency notes (i.e., few coins shown). Spent probably thirty minutes inside as it is laid out... More

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Sydney, Australia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
15 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2012

seeing the history of our currency, well presented located ground level of the Reserve Bank corner of Macquarie Street and Martin Place, take it in when strolling along Macquarie Street after viewing Archibald Fountain Hyde Park.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2009

I stumbled upon this museum, it's clearly not well known. But if you are interested in the history of currency it is an excellent place going over the history of currency notes in Australia from the early settlements to the present day. I found particularly interesting the conversion to decimal currency in the 1960s. There is also a display about... More

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Sydney
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14 attraction reviews
115 helpful votes 115 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2008

The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) is Australia's central bank. It's located right in the middle of CBA at Martin Place. What many people does not know is that there is a small museum on the GF of the imposing building on the history of the Australian currency. Turn left as you walk in. The display is well organised and... More

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