Bank of England Museum
Located in the heart of the financial district, The Bank of England museum tells the transmuted story of the Bank's private enterprise beginnings in the 17th century — to the governing fiscal officialdom that it is today.
The museum explains with modern audio-visual interaction, the everyday money matters such as; interest rates, inflation, the issuing of banknotes and the bank's authority on and contribution to the UK economy. Revealed within the replica of Sir John Soane's 18th-century domed banking hall, is the bank's own collection of pecuniary objects. With some items dating back to the Bank of England's opening day of July 27th 1694.
Artifacts on permanent display include; ledger books, significant documents, silverware, prints and illustrations, portrait paintings, original 17th century banknotes, clerk's quills, the earliest known coins and 19th century photographs. The display of gold, includes Roman and modern gold bars, as well as a gleaming 13kg / 28lb gold bullion which you're invited to handle. The presentation of pikes and muskets tells of the time up until 1971, the bank had it's own military guard posted to protect the bank.