The museum tells the story of the Bank of England, from its origins in 1694, as a national bank to fund the war with France, to the present. As well as ancient coins and original artwork for British banknotes, the museum offers a rare chance to manhandle a real 13kg gold bar (closely monitored, more's the pity, by CCTV). 'Kenneth Grahame and the Bank of England' is a permanent display commemorating the non-literary career of ‘The Wind of Willows’ author, who worked at the Bank of England for 30 years, and there's a small exhibit exploring Handel's financial dealings with the bank, as well as a reconstruction of Sir John Soane's 1793 Bank Stock Office – Soane was the bank's original architect.
|Venue name:||Bank of England Museum||Contact:|
Threadneedle St (entrance in Bartholomew Lane)
|Opening hours:||10am-5pm Mon-Fri (closed public and bank holidays).|
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Best way to see the museum is to get a group of 15+ people and organise a presentation talk and video before visiting the museum. The talk is incredibly interesting, takes 1 - 1.5 hours and makes the exhibits in the already absorbing museum, mean so much more. A museum that should be of enormous interest to everyone. When I went it was half term and even tots of 3-4 years old were having enormous fun.
Very good but trying to crack the safe took ages but was worth it and trying to lift the bar of gold was hard,AMAZING