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Home > Education and Museum > Friday 19 May: Museums at Night

Friday 19 May: Museums at Night

​Date: Friday 19 May
Time: 5.30pm - 9pm
Category: Special event 
Admission and all activities are free – no need to book.


Museums at NightEnjoy a rare evening visit to the Bank of England Museum as part of the Museums at Night festival, with special events taking place throughout the night.
Did you know that there are over 30,000 objects in the Bank’s collection? Many of them have never been seen in the Museum…until now! Throughout the night, the Museum and Archive teams will be revealing some of these unique and intriguing objects. This is the perfect opportunity to get your hands on some of these fascinating objects, each with its own story to tell.
Explore the new banknote gallery, which tells the story of banknotes and how they have evolved over the years, from the simple 17th-century handwritten receipts to the new fiver, the most sophisticated note that the Bank has issued to date. For this special event, banknote experts will be giving short talks about our current notes and explaining how to use their advanced design and security features to identify forgeries.


Object handling
The Bank’s bullion experts will be on hand to answer all your questions about gold. You can even hold a real gold bar, which weighs in at an impressive 13 kilos – it may take you by surprise!
There will also be a variety of special talks taking place throughout the evening, where visitors can find out more about the museum’s treasured collection.