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Bank of England Museum

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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...more
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1 Bartholomew Lane, London EC2N 8AH, England
City of London
+44 20 3461 5545
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The museum is small but full of information. With a quiz sheet you can see the whole museum and it makes you take in more information.

Thank bartlomiejrosinski
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you are in any way interested in the history of the Bank of England, the coinage, the bank notes - and if you want to lift a gold bar with one hand, this is for you. Beautifully laid out, with interactive information from economics...More

Thank Julie S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Interesting museum on the role of money in an economy. You don’t have to have knowledge of the British pound to enjoy. Items on display dates centuries back. Oh, and it’s free.

Thank AbsolutWallStreet
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Popped in here after going to Bank of England to change some old £ notes. It was much bigger than I expected and was really good. Free to get in and very interesting. Not only telling the history of the bank but old coins and...More

Thank Pompeychic1
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We only found out about the museum by chance and thought we would give it a go. Entry is free and you have to go through airport style security. The staff are kind and friendly on the entrance and throughout. It was interesting but not...More

Thank TimAndMattTravel
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Tucked away down a side street, through a discrete door, this free museum covers many aspects of the history andcrole of the bank of England. Security is tight and the scanners are wlmost more sensitive than an airport with staff who are pretty abrupt -...More

Thank Ian C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Went on a whim with 10 year old daughter who was remarkably interested due to having to gather clues to find the answer to the mystery. Plenty of interesting things for an adult to learn and would probably go back on my own to read...More

Thank Timski58
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We came across this small museum by accident. To get in was like airport security, which is understandable. Staff were friendly and informative. Although small, it contained a wealth of information and some surprising facts. Only open weekdays, which is probably how we’ve missed it...More

Thank Elaine H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My young son and I went to the museum recently and thoroughly enjoyed it - there is lots to see and do, even for younger children. On our way out, my son wanted to grab a couple of souvenirs from the shop. The shop was...More

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Reviewed 28 July 2018

We went here as a bit of a time filler but found it very interesting. The exhibits wee clear. There were many supporting leaflets and a good guide. Several children were there and they seemed interested and engaged with the activities. There places to sit....More

Thank Jane M
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22 July 2018|
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Response from Bornblonde1 | Reviewed this property |
No queue just walked straight in its free as well. Can't see you'd ever need to queue although I would think you'd have to notify them if it was a group.
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Response from Iain W | Reviewed this property |
Give yourself an hour to read everything, take part in the interactive displays and go back to see things that really interest you. There is a display to lift up a solid gold bar with one hand, which is fun, but I arrived... More