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Museums at Night
Friday 17 May
5:30pm - 9:00pm
On 17 May the Bank of England Museum will offer its visitors a rare opportunity for an evening visit as part of the nationwide Museums at Night campaign. Doors will open at 5:30pm until 9:00pm, with special events taking place through the evening.
Banknotes experts will be conducting short presentations giving background information about current Bank of England notes as well as explaining how to use the intricate design and security features to identify genuine notes. They will also be happy to answer any questions from the public.
Gold will also be playing a prominent role during the evening. Visitors can try their hand at lifting a genuine gold bar although, weighing 13kg, it will take many people by surprise! Some of the Bank's bullion experts will be on hand to answer any questions about gold.
All the Museum displays will also be available. Visitors can take the controls of a virtual hot air balloon and chart it on a stable course to simulate the role of the Bank in keeping inflation steady. The Museum houses the world's finest collection of Bank of England banknotes alongside items from the Bank's collections of silver, paintings, photographs, coins, books and documents.
Admission and all activities are free, and there's no need to book.