If you look up on the wall on the side of the Bank of England building, you might see a very old sign declaring that this street is within special limits.
About Bank of England MuseumA surprisingly large museum housed within the Bank of England.
It charts the history of money in the UK, and the Bank itself.
Expect to see lots of heritage, old bank notes and coins, and a chance to lift up a real bar of gold.
Displays cover the history of the bank in roughly chronological order, including many photos showing the rebuilding of the Bank in the inter-war years, and several figures in historical costume. Another section, called The Bank Today, uses modern technology to bring the Bank's current activities to a wider audience.
Bank of England Museum,
The museum is free to visit and there's no need to book in advance.
Prices last checked November 2023.Link to Bank of England Museum's website
The museum is open Monday to Friday from 10am to 5pm (excluding Bank Holidays).
The museum is also open late until 8pm (last entry 7.30pm) every third Thursday of the month.
Opening hours last checked November 2023.
AccessibilityFor accessibility information, please click here.
Exhibitions open at the moment
Free Slavery & the Bank
This exhibition explores the history of transatlantic slavery through its connections with the Bank of England and the wider City of London.
10am to 5pm
City of London
Ends on Fri 26th January 2024
Future events at Bank of England Museum
Late opening of the Bank of England Museum -- and free Christmas tree bauble filled with shredded bank notes
Thursday, 21st Dec 5pm to 8pm
Frequently asked questions
Is there any gold in the museum
Yes! Just the one bar, but you get to hold it if you want to.
Is photography allowed in the museum?
Yes, although as with all museums, no flash to be used.
How long does a visit to the museum last?
It's a surprisinly large museum, and a visit can be anything from an hour to half a day depending on how detailed you get. Most people seem to last around and hour or two.
Is there a cafe in the museum?
No, there's no food or drink for sale in the museum, but as it's in the centre of the City, there are plenty of local choices
What's the nearest railway station to Bank of England Museum
The nearest station is Bank station which is 0.1 miles away.