The Bank of Canada Museum, formerly known as Canada’s Currency Museum, will reopen on May 12, 2022, after being closed for the past two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Bank of Canada Museum is located at 30 Bank Street, in Ottawa, Ontario, and is open Thursday to Monday, from 10:00 to 17:00. The Museum and its special exhibitions are always free.
The Museum explains how the Bank sets monetary policy, promotes a sound financial system, issues Canada’s bank notes and acts as fiscal agent for the Government of Canada. It also manages the more than 130,000 artifacts in the National Currency Collection, the world’s most complete collection of Canadian currency and related artifacts.
Offering a free, fun and interactive experience, the Museum provides an entertaining and educational perspective on the role the Bank of Canada plays—and the important part Canadians play—in keeping our economy healthy.
Visitors begin their tour by creating a digital character, or avatar, to represent them in interactive exhibits that demonstrate how their spending and saving habits ultimately contribute to the Canadian economy. Other highlights include a video game that simulates flying a rocket ship through a galaxy of inflationary and deflationary forces and an interactive game that helps visitors design a personalized bank note.
Visitors can also discover Canada’s monetary heritage, as interpreted through a selection of 1,400 artifacts from the National Currency Collection. Examples of international currency and trade items from throughout human history are on display as is every bank note series issued by the Bank of Canada since 1935.
In addition to the permanent gallery, visitors can tour the Museum’s temporary exhibition, Luck and Lore. This exhibition explores the spiritual, ceremonial and superstitious uses we have for money—and the surprising roots of some very familiar traditions.