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“You get to hold £400k in one hand!!”

Bank of England Museum
Ranked #214 of 1,827 things to do in London
Certificate of Excellence
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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 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.
Reviewed April 13, 2013

We booked on a museum introductory tour and it was fascinating, very appreciated. You learn all about the history of money and banking. There is a very interesting section on the various different bank notes that have been in use throughout time. I also never knew the author of wind in the willows was a former governor. Enthralling however was holding a gold nugget worth over £400,000. It's much heavier than I ever imagined! This is a great venue for all ages.

Thank ceebeeby
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Reviewed April 8, 2013

I wasn't sure which route to follow, to get the most out of my visit. The whole place is a bit "dry" - but then it is a bank! Never known as places of fun and gaiety! At least it's free.

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Reviewed April 7, 2013

A free museum with lots for the kids and the chance to hold a gold bar and see a million pound note.

Thank Lizzie7042
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Reviewed March 31, 2013

An interesting, admission free, museum, located on one side of the Bank. Easily accessible by public transport (bus or tube). No nearby parking that we saw.
On entry you have to go through a similar process to airport security.
There were 3 separate school parties visiting at the same time as us and the children were more interested in the "hands on" exhibits, which we couldn't get near as a result.
My particular favourite was a gold bullion bar in a perspex container with a hole to put your hand through. The bar weighed around 28 pounds and you could put your hand underneath and lift it. It was not removable for obvious reasons. An interesting history to why the bank emerged and its future development. A lot of banknotes and coins on display, pre-decimal and new.

1  Thank wagmanWorcestershire
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Reviewed March 27, 2013

In a time where the world is dominated by the economical consequences of bank actions, this museum will explain their role in it.
Via interactive displays and genuine kept my interest from the first minute to the last.

Thank Caroline M
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