Bank of England Museum, London

Bank of England Museum, London

The Bank of England Museum is not hard to find. It is within the Bank of England. The museum is home to a vast collection of items and objects outlining the history of the bank and the British economy since 1694 when the bank was founded. The museum is open to the public without admission charge.

Before the 1980s the Bank's collection could only be seen by appointment and under escort. When admission requirements were loosened access was granted to the Rotunda and Sir Herbert Baker's "Sloane Hall." A new museum was planned but a fire in 1986 caused extensive damage. Rather than repairing damage, construction for the new museum began.

The museum is in three parts. First is an exact reproduction of architect Sir John Sloane's 18th century Bank Stock Office. Second are new galleries devoted to historical themes. Lastly is the refurbished Rotunda housing a central gold display.

The Rotunda Gallery is the most striking architectural area in the museum. The gold display at its center is flanked by Ionic columns salvaged from the original Sloane's Hall. Around the edges of the rotunda are wall cases with historical displays of the bank. Twelve 18th century caryatids stand guard over the scene.

After the Rotunda one enters the exhibition area. Audio-visual installations assist in telling the story of "The Bank Today." The visitor may experience the bank work environment and the functioning of a central bank in the world economy.

Admission is free. Operating hours: Monday-Friday 10am-5pm.

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Sight Location: London, England (See walking tours in London)
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
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