Bank of England Museum

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Bank of England Museum
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Situated within the historic Bank of England building in Threadneedle Street in the heart of the City of London, the Bank of England Museum tells the story of the Bank from its foundation in 1694 to its role today as the United Kingdom's central bank. The permanent Museum displays include material drawn from the Bank's own collections of silver, prints, paintings, banknotes, coin, photographs, books, and other historical documents.

Exhibits range from Roman and modern gold bars to pikes and muskets once used to defend the Bank. Computer technology and audio visual displays explain the Bank's role today.

Museum Highlight

Can you lift a bar of gold? It weighs 13kg 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 get to touch something so densely valuable.

There is a small museum shop at the end of the museum tour selling exclusive souvenirs.

Admission to the museum is free.

Opening Hours
Monday - Friday: 10am - 5pm
24 & 31 December: 10am - 1pm
Closed weekends and Bank Holidays

Exceptional Weekend Openings

Address
Bank of England Museum
Bartholomew Lane, off Threadneedle Street
London EC2R 8AH

The entrance is on the side of the building and there are some steps.

If you need assistance there is a bell. All visitor's bags are put through a security scanner and then you are in the museum. Pick up your free map & guide from the Information Desk.

Nearest Tube Stations

  • Bank
  • Monument
  • Cannon Street
  • Mansion House

Use Journey Planner to plan your route by public transport.

Telephone: 020 7601 5545

Official Website: www.bankofengland.co.uk/museum