Inside the museum

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

What’s inside our museum

Inside our museum you can find out who we are - and what we do. You can pick up gold bar and discover why our building is on top of one the worlds’ 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 to 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 40,000 gold bars in the Bank of England’s underground vaults. In our ‘Rotunda’ room try and 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.

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This page was last updated 30 October 2018
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