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Bank of England Museum

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Discover the history of the Bank, its buildings, and the people who have shaped it over more than 300 years.

Take the helm! Set monetary policy to control inflation in our interactive boat game.

Navigating financial storms - explore the history of financial storms from the 17th century to the present day.

Take a closer look - explore the advanced security features on our banknotes.

Lift a genuine gold barHold some gold! Pick up a genuine gold bar.

Take a look inside the vaults on our virtual tour.

Find out how the 'Old Lady of Threadneedle Street' got her nickname.

See the original Royal Charter and find out why the Bank was founded.

Children's activity sheets provide fun for all ages

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Until Friday 13 March

WW1 LogoExhibition: The First World War and the Bank of England
A temporary exhibition looking at the impact the Great War had on the economy, and its effects on the Bank of England and its staff.



​From 19 January



Exhibition: Discover GOLD!Gold vaults
A new permanent display featuring gold bars from Roman times to the present day. Find out why gold has been treasured for thousands of years, and learn about the amazing scientific properties that make it so useful in modern technology.


​16 - 20 February


Costumed StorytellerStriking Gold Stories
Listen to some fascinating true stories about gold narrated by a costumed storyteller, from the California gold rush to the sewer man who found his way into the Bank's vaults nearly 200 years ago. Follow the gold trail around the Museum to claim your small prize.                                                                                    10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm, 2:00pm, 3:00pm, 4:00pm


From 23 March


LilyExhibition: Flora and Fauna     
Look closely and you can find a rich array of plants and animals that have adorned, protected and served the Bank through the ages. From elaborate floral banknote designs and fierce sculpted lions to the real-life creatures that still keep us safe, discover the Bank menagerie in this temporary exhibition.


​30 March - 2 April & 7 - 10 April



Easter EggEGGstraordinary Fun!
Follow the trail to find the chicks and egg hidden in the museum. You can then decorate your own Easter animal finger puppet to take home. There is a chocolate egg for every child.          10:00am - 4:30pm  


Friday 15 May

Museums at Night logoMuseums at Night
A rare opportunity for an evening visit. As well as all the usual displays, there will be presentations on banknotes in the museum. Bank staff will also be on hand to answer questions about gold.                                                      5:30pm - 9:00pm


​26 - 29 May

Owl MosaicMagical Mosaics
Learn about the colourful mosaics that decorate the ground floor of the Bank. Join a creative workshop and make your own mosaic to take home, with designs inspired by the animals and plants featured in the Museum’s Flora and Fauna exhibition.                                                                                      10:00am - 4:30pm


​Saturdays 4 & 11 July

Open DoorThe Garden Court
The Bank of England and Museum will be open to visitors as part of the City of London Festival. Enjoy 30-minute guided tours of parts of the Bank not generally accessible to the public. No booking required, but early arrival is advised.                                                   9:30am - 5:00pm
Last entry 4:00pm


​23 July - 28 August 

MASKeradeToad Mask
Explore the Bank’s Flora and Fauna by following the trail, and then become the animal of your choice by colouring a mask to take home.  Take your pick from a variety of creatures including mighty lions, wise owls, and the popular characters from ‘The Wind in the Willows’, whose author Kenneth Grahame worked at the Bank for 30 years.                                                                                   10:00am - 4:30pm


19 & 20 September

Court RoomOpen House London Weekend
The Bank of England and Museum will be open to visitors as part of the City of London Festival. Enjoy 30-minute guided tours of parts of the Bank not generally accessible to the public. No booking required for this popular event, but early arrival is advised.                                                                                 9:30am - 5:00pm
Last entry 4:00pm


26 - 30 October


The Big Draw - Join the Fleet!Children drawing
Come aboard the life-size boat moored in the Museum and take the helm of the interactive boat game to discover what the Bank does to keep the economy on a steady course. You can then design your own boat and enter the competition with prizes to be won. The winning designs will be displayed on the Bank’s website.
10:00am - 4:30pm
Saturday 14 November
​Lord Mayor's ShowFace painting
Step into the world of Ratty, Mole, Badger and Toad. Professional face painters will transform young visitors into one of the well-known characters from ‘The Wind in the Willows’ by Kenneth Grahame, a former secretary of the Bank of England.
11:00am - 5:00pm
Last entry 4:30pm.



​21-24*, 29, 30 & 31* December



Sparkling Silver, Glittering Gold Bars of Gold
Discover the Museum’s collection of glittering silver objects and the allure of the gold on display, and then get creative and decorate a gold bar money box to take home. There’s a chocolate gold coin for every child.                                                                                    10:00am - 4:30pm                                                                          * Museum open 10:00am - 1:00pm