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Bank of England Museum

#145 of 1,413 things to do in London
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Address: Threadneedle St EC2R 8AH, London EC2R 8AH, England
Phone Number: +44 20 7601 5545
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
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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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If your interested in money this is the place for you. So much great history from the beginning 1694 to our money of today. The DVD is worth watching and the highlight of the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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South Shields, United Kingdom
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Interesting if you already understand how banks work and know some general history but I had to keep explaining to my 16 year old daughter basic information. It needs more information on why banks were set up and how they were started. She also had no idea why there was a gold bar and the basic information behind its origin.... More 

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South Shields, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

If your interested in money this is the place for you. So much great history from the beginning 1694 to our money of today. The DVD is worth watching and the highlight of the visit was being able to lift a gold bar! Staff were very friendly.

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Aledo
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A visit to the Bank of England is surely worth your time. Several excellent displays about the history of money. Also, you can pick up a REAL BAR of GOLD! Sorry, you may not take it with you! Nice place to while away an hour or so.

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Newcastle-under-Lyme, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you're not absolutely fascinated by the history of the bank then don't bother. I thought it could have been made more interesting. It is very small and really doesn't take long to get around, unless you want to read everything there. it is mostly about reading too, there is little of interest to see, except perhaps the building itself.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

its free and in the city if you are nearby well worth a visit. it seems to be a hit with schoolchildren. there is no official bag storage. its a little bit multi media with fixed exhibits. unless you have a special interest maybe you wouldnt want to go out of your way. allow an hour? the security features on... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Bank of England is housed in a very impressive building. Can you lift a gold bar? You can try at the Bank of England Museum! It weighs 28 lbs. and you can put your hand into a hole in a cabinet and lift the bar. There's no chance of stealing it, but it may be the only time you... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Well put together, lots of exhibits of historical interest. It's one of those places that won't appeal to the masses who want more a more immediate/mainstream hit but if you want to invest some time and energy, and are interested in architecture, economics and general history then you'll enjoy this museum. And it's free!

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I visited the BoE Museum for the first time the other day, something that I have been intending to do for years. Whilst there are some interesting exhibits (bank notes / coins etc.) and various hands on experiences (can you lift a gold bar?), my overall impression was that with a little more imagination, the rather musty display rooms could... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had a great time playing with the activities and looking around - you can even hold/pick up a solid gold bar - and if you open the safe (one of the activities) you get a small pin badge free from the front desk in exchange for the token you get from inside the safe. the bank note gallery was shut... More 

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Thank Karen P
Dorchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

a very educational & interesting visit takes you thought the history of banking without being boring learnt a lot in one visit.. & its FREE

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