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Open Door events at the Bank of England
Saturdays 6 & 13 July
9:30am - 5:00pm
Last entry 4:00pm
On Saturday 6 and Saturday 13 July, as part of the City of London festival, the Bank and its Museum will be open to visitors. Museum staff will be conducting 30 minute guided tours of parts of the Bank. Tour highlights include the Garden Court (weather permitting), the Governor's office, the Court Room and the Committee Room, which is where the Bank's Monetary Policy Committee meets once a month to set Bank Rate. In addition to learning about the work of the Bank, visitors will discover some lesser known facts, such as the history behind the Garden Court at the centre of the Bank and the origin of the Bank's nickname - The Old Lady of Threadneedle Street .
After the tour, visitors can attend presentations on banknotes in the Museum Cinema. Bank staff will also be in the Museum to answer questions about gold. Visitors can try to lift a genuine gold bar (current value over £300,000) but will need to take care in case it weighs more than they expect!
All the Museum's displays will 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. Other attractions include interactive displays and films on inflation, jigsaws, a safe to be cracked and activity sheets for children. No booking is required for any of the events but it is advisable to arrive early to avoid the queues. Doors open at 9.30am. Last entry is at 4.00pm. Entrance is via the Museum in Bartholomew Lane.