Bank of England Museum - Prices, opening hours, news, events and exhibitions

About the Bank of England Museum

A 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.

IMPORTANT - Although venues are reopening, their hours may differ from normal, and most now need prebooking before you visit.


Address

Bank of England Museum,
Bartholomew Lane,
London,
EC2R 8AH

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Fequently 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 which is 0.1 miles away.


Bank of England Museum - Latest News

325 object to mark 325 years of the Bank of England
325 object to mark 325 years of the Bank of England

The Old Lady of Threadneedle Street is of the sort of age that you should never mention about a lady, but she’s dug out an object for every year of her life.

Unseen drawings commissioned by the Bank of England go on display
Unseen drawings commissioned by the Bank of England go on display

In 1957, the Bank of England opened a new printing press in Debden on the edge of London, and a series of drawings of the people working in the building have gone on display for the first time.

Go inside the Bank of England’s Tivoli Corner
Go inside the Bank of England’s Tivoli Corner

One of the delights of London is that you can walk past something loads of times, then suddenly discover something interesting about it.

Bank of England revamps its banknote exhibition
Bank of England revamps its banknote exhibition

A sizable museum sits inside the Bank of England, and they have recently refurbished a small corner to show off the history of the bank note.

Gold display opens at the Bank of England’s museum
Gold display opens at the Bank of England’s museum

The Bank of England’s museum has had a bit of a refurb recently, with a new small permanent gallery added devoted to that most iconic of banking stores — gold.

The Huguenot Legacy at the Bank of England
The Huguenot Legacy at the Bank of England

It is the legacy of these better positioned sorts that can be most surprisingly found in that most British of institutions – the Bank of England. In fact, the first Governor of the Bank of England, Sir John Houblon, and several of its Directors, were of Huguenot origin.

Scottish Bank Notes in England

A Scottish MP has launched a private members bill in the UK Parliament to force English retailers to take Scottish bank notes. He claims that too many English shops question the Scottish notes when they are presented, and that annoys

The One Million Pound Note

For the average person, the largest denomination UK bank note that we would see is the £50 note – and even that is moderatly rare with the £20 being the normal largest note in day-2-day usage. However, little known about

 

Recent exhibitions

To mark the introduction of the new £50 note, this exhibition focuses on the design of the new note and its security features.
2021-06-19
2021-06-19
This exhibition presents a variety of unusual items never shown before, carefully selected to illustrate the scope and diversity of the collection.
2021-06-19
2021-06-19
This exhibition will look at the Bank of England's past, and explore the history of a medium that has come to dominate the world around us.
2021-06-19
2021-06-19
Feliks Topolski: Drawing Debden
An exhibition of drawings made by artist Feliks Topolski of the Bank of England's new Debden bank note printing factory.
2021-06-19
2021-06-19
An exhibition telling the story of the Old Lady through items selected from the vast collections amassed since the Bank was founded in 1694.
2021-06-19
2021-06-19
Painting a fortune: JMW Turner and the Bank of England
To coincide with JMW Turner featuring on the new £20 note, find out about the variety of stock purchases made by Turner in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.
2021-06-19
2021-06-19

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