Inside the museum

Find out what you can learn, see or do at our museum.

Explore our museum from home

We are temporarily closed but you can still explore our online collections. You can also visit our home learning hub and watch our brand new banknote workshop video.

Unfortunately, we are not yet able to reopen, unlike some museums. That’s because we have limited space which makes it very difficult to comply with social distancing rules.

What’s inside our museum

Inside our museum you can find out who we are - and what we do. You can pick up a gold bar and discover why our building is on top of one the world's largest stores of gold. You’ll learn why people started to use paper money and how we make our notes difficult to copy.

We also have temporary exhibitions and events that are on now or coming soon.

Learn about the Bank of England and money

Learn what the Bank of England does and how this affects you. Find out how we work to keep prices stable (the cost of things like food, televisions and train tickets). Discover how we ensure that the financial system is safe and sound.

At the heart of our museum is the Stock Office. This is what the inside of the Bank of England would have looked like 200 hundred years ago.

In the centre of our Stock Office is a large model of a ship. Keeping prices stable is a bit like sailing a ship. You need to avoid storms and hazards that might push us off course. Have a go yourself in our 'Keeping on an even keel' interactive display.

See gold and banknotes

In our Modern Economy room, find out why there are 400,000 gold bars in the Bank of England’s underground vaults. In our Rotunda room try to lift a real gold bar for yourself.

And take a #GoldVaultSelfie in our ‘gold corridor’.

In our Banknote Gallery find out how banknotes have changed over time.

Discover history, architecture and banknote design

Travel through 300 years of history in our Early Years and Rotunda rooms. Discover the events and people that have shaped the Bank of England over the centuries.

Learn about the Bank of England’s historic buildings and banknote design.


This page was last updated 14 May 2020

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