Numismatic Museum

By Bank of Canada …..

On June 20, Governor Stephen S. Poloz welcomed special guests from the government, business and the tourism sectors for a preview of the Bank of Canada Museum, which is opening soon. Located at the corner of Bank and Wellington, in the Bank’s head office complex in downtown Ottawa, the re-designed Numismatic Museum will help visitors learn about the economy and the role of the central bank in fun, interactive ways.

“I am so proud of this new Museum. It immerses Canadians in the economy and the work of the Bank of Canada in ways that people of all ages can understand and enjoy,” Governor Poloz said.

After a four-year closure, and a complete re-imagining, the Numismatic Museum will open to the public on July 1, with free admission year-round.

To help visitors of all ages understand the important role they play in the economy, they are placed at the centre of the Numismatic Museum experience. They begin their visit 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 designing a personalized bank note.

Visitors will also discover Canada’s monetary heritage, as interpreted through a careful selection of 1,400 artifacts from the National Currency Collection. Examples of international currency and trade items from throughout human history will be on display, as will every bank note series issued by the Bank of Canada since 1935, including the new $10 commemorative note issued to mark the 150th anniversary of Confederation.


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