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The Bank of Canada Currency Museum

The official web site is www.currencymuseum.ca
The Bank of Canada currency museum contains practically every artifact related to trade and its eventual transition to coins and paper currency. The Bank of Canada's Currency Museum was opened in 1980. It is home to the National Currency Collection, the largest collection of Canadian bank notes, coins, and tokens in the world. The Museum is located within the first Bank of Canada building (built in 1934) While at the Museum, be sure to enjoy the Bank’s beautiful tropical garden court, the perfect place to relax or eat your lunch.

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245 Sparks St. is the building on the right hand side

We spotted the entrance to the Museum

The entrance to the Museum from the tropical atrium

A beaver with a collar made of Nickels sure why not!

Some of the trade artifacts

Early coin from 290 BC

USA 5 Dollars from 1899

Example of equipment used to make coins

The first Coins and Notes issued under Elizabeth II

Curiosities of Canadian Currency such as a $50,000 Note

Notes of the Chartered Banks display

1900-1929 Note display

Example of a scale used to weigh gold in the Boom Towns

Currency used by early settlers display

Collection of Foreign currency

These display cases are full of
various collections of coins

And my favorite is below.....

Location of the Currency Museum
245 Sparks St.

245 Sparks St. is just a few minutes from Parliament Hill, you can find the Currency Museum inside the Bank of Canada building which takes up the entire block between Kent and Bank, and Wellington and Sparks.

Make your way to the Bank of Canada’s Garden Court where you’ll find the entrance to our fascinating Museum

Summer Hours
From May 1st to Labour Day
Monday to Saturday 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Winter Hours
After Labour Day to April 30th
Tuesday to Saturday 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The Museum is closed on Mondays during the Winter.
We are also closed on January 1st, Good Friday, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and Boxing Day, and we close at noon on December 24th.

Enjoy your lunch and a few moments of rest in our magnificent tropical garden.
The Currency Museum is wheelchair accessible from our Sparks Street entrance.
Stop by our Boutique and pick up one of our special collector sets. Please note that the Currency Museum does not offer any parking. However, there are many parking options in the downtown core.


    • Admission is completely Free for all ages
    • Very comprehensive collection of currency and historic artifacts related to trade
    • Focus is on currency history for Canada
    • Large atrium is a great place to enjoy a break form the Winter blues
    • Located downtown in close proximity to many other places to visit


    • Younger Children may find it boring
    • No Parking you'll have to resort to some of the 'Pay' parking lots

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