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Bank of England Museum

#145 of 1,555 things to do in London
Certificate of Excellence
City of London
As featured in No Frills London and 2 other guides
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Address: Bartholomew Lane, London EC2R 8AH, England
Phone Number:
+44 20 7601 5545
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No

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 came across this museum by chance. Very interesting to learn the history of this well known establishment. There was a lot of school children there (who were very noisy) but... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Halesowen, United Kingdom
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Halesowen, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I came across this museum by chance. Very interesting to learn the history of this well known establishment. There was a lot of school children there (who were very noisy) but with patience I saw all the things on show. You can even touch a gold bar - but can't take it home!!!!

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Sandy, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We had an interesting visit to the Bank of England Museum. On arrival, my handbag was checked by security staff to see if there were any metal objects inside. For us, the highlight of the trip was being given the opportunity to handle a genuine gold bar which was in a special box designed so you could reach in and... More 

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Sampford Peverell, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This museum is a must see because it the actual "Bank of England" it is a fairly small museum but does have some fantastic hands on exhibits including holding Gold!!! A real 13 kg ingot of solid gold. Some of the ideas and information is a little intense for younger children too understand but the Bank of England museum has... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Visited today with two nephews aged 9 and 11. They loved it and enjoyed doing the questions and getting the small prize at the end. They loved the interactive displays.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I heard about this museum from a friend who recommended a visit. It's well worth while as it is so informative about the origins of National Debt and the private business attempts to sort out the finances of the King / Country. the original documents that it has on display are a true insight of the times. Brilliantly set out... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Surprisingly well laid out and interesting history of money, bank notes and gold. Not a large museum but well worth a visit right in the heart of The City. Above Bank tube station (what a coincidence) easy to get to and child and wheelchair friendly. Like most museums in London FREE admission.

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Luton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What an absolutely fun day out. Visiting the museum learning about the long history of the bank and it's contribution to balancing the economy was a real eye opener. The museum is full of tidbits of information, fun activities and mini challenges. Lifting the gold bar, cracking the a safe for a reward, and weathering a financial storm, genius. Loved... More 

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Greater London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Free museum just stumbled on it. Spent over 2 hours in there lots of hands on stuff to do not for young children.good insight into how the bank the economy and the government work especially in current climate. Had impromptu talk with one of the museums educational staff who was very know. Interesting to see the security features on our... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have never been here before but had the chance to visit in Jan 2017 As alover of history it was amazing. The Bank of England history was told in great detail and in various ways. There is even an opportunity to hold a gold bar. Well worth a visit and free.

Thank Willis M
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

finally got here on a rare monday off!a fantastic museum which charts the history of the bank of england,good displays with lots of interactive displays,fascinating!

Thank hilary d

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