Bank of England Museum

The Bank of England Museum tells the story of the Bank of England from its foundation in 1694 to its role today as the United Kingdom's central bank.

Standing at the centre of the UK's financial system, the Bank is committed to promoting and maintaining financial stability as its contribution to a healthy economy. The Bank sets interest rates to control inflation, issues banknotes and works to maintain a stable financial system.

The historical displays include material drawn from the Bank's own collections of books, documents, silver, prints, paintings, banknotes, coins and photographs. There is a display of gold, including Roman and modern gold bars, alongside pikes and muskets once used to defend the Bank. Computer technology and audio visual displays explain the Bank's present day role.

Exhibitions and events

Stories from the City: The Bank of England in literature

Event until 19.07.2018 16:30

The exhibition celebrates the launch of the new Jane Austen £10 note and explores the Bank of England’s literary connections, from writers who have a direct connection to the Bank or worked elsewhere...

The Big Draw - Designs on your money

Event on 23.10.2017 10:00

During the half-term week, as part of the nationwide Campaign for Drawing, the Museum invites its younger visitors to get creative by designing a banknote. Explore our Banknote Gallery for...

Museums at Night - Banknotes and Bullion

Event on 27.10.2017 17:30

With over 325 years of history, it’s not surprising that the Bank has a few ghost stories to tell, one of the spookiest being the story of the Bank Nun. Some say they have seen her ghostly figure,...

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