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Museum of Australian Currency Notes

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Address: 65 Martin Place, Ground Floor | Reserve Bank of Australia, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Phone Number: +61-2-95519743
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From holey dollars to polymer notes

A well laid out exhibition of Australia's currency history, including a history of the people that grace our notes and several designs that didn't make the grade. About 30 mins... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 5, 2015
S4pphire
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Melbourne, Australia

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2015

A well laid out exhibition of Australia's currency history, including a history of the people that grace our notes and several designs that didn't make the grade. About 30 mins including viewing the 1965/6 conversion ad. My older friends still remember the tune and words to the jingle. Pity there is no gift shop.

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

Not for everyone but I found the history fascinating. I grew up with ponds, shillings and pence, then changed over to decimal currency when I was 10, so this brought back many memories. It's not all about the money as there is a snapshot of Australia as it was.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2015 via mobile

Went here on a rainy day and was very surprised by how well laid out and interesting this small museum is. You could easily spend a couple of hours reading all the information on Australian currency history. I avoided this place for a number of years because I thought nothing of it and that it would be boring but to... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 194 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

Interesting museum on the history of Australian bank notes and well worth a visit if you're wandering by. It was also interesting to see that Australia signed the ANZUS agreement with the USA a bit back (1951). Might have been a 5 star rating if the NZ part of the agreement had been remembered :-)

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Adelaide, SA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 via mobile

We had a most enjoyable hour or more with our children while we all learned about the history of Australian currency. The staff member was very knowledgeable and answered all our questions. We left surprised and pleased we'd visited.

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2 Thank RobYoungAust
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

This was one of my favourite things that I did in Sydney and I didn't even know about it until I was here! I had found it listed on a 'free things to do' list and thought it sounded really interesting. It was! Located at Martin Place the museum is very easy to find. It's small (like Sydney's history) but... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014 via mobile

This museum is located in a beautiful bank and this small museum is great but this could be expanded. I wouldn't mind paying for a big museum all about australian currency. This museum shows promise and I can't wait to see what they do with it because the artifacts are great and the overall presentation is decent too. Overall rating:... More 

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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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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 18, 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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