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Currency Museum of the Bank of Canada

Neighbourhood: Byward Market Area
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Address: 245 Sparks Street, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0G9, Canada
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+1 613-782-8914

Experience the most comprehensive collection of Canadian notes, coins, and...

Experience the most comprehensive collection of Canadian notes, coins, and tokens in the world as well as currency from other countries. The Currency Museum is just a five minute walk from Parliament Hill. Free Admission.

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Beautiful location, interesting, and free!

It's well worth it to go to the Currency Museum on a miserable winter's day - the beautiful atrium is filled with greenhouse plants, trees, and a fountain. It's a tiny taste of... read more

Reviewed 22 December 2011
Ottawa, Canada
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Ottawa, Canada
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33 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 December 2011

It's well worth it to go to the Currency Museum on a miserable winter's day - the beautiful atrium is filled with greenhouse plants, trees, and a fountain. It's a tiny taste of the tropics in the middle of a storm and very peaceful. The adjoining museum is free and a great way to spend 30-90 minutes. They feature a... More 

3 Thank TurnipseedTravel
Toronto, Canada
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146 reviews
51 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 December 2011

I became a coin collector a couple of years ago. This place was a total must for me. The tour was excellent, we had a very knowledgeable guide. Thank you Zoe for making this experience so fun. The boutique could have more stuff but you can lift a 28lbs gold bar . That's over $750k in your hands ! Friendly... More 

Thank TorontoFR
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15 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 November 2011

This is a great museum if you have half an hour to kill and want to look at money, ancient, huge--12 foot stone yap from South Pacific, paper, and so on. Kind of a fun education and it does trigger the greedy bone a little.

Thank KarenOhCanada
BC, Canada
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23 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 November 2011

Super cool, free museum with a LOT of information! Lots of coins, bills and history here.

Thank Musicallymagic
Banff, Alberta
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103 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 November 2011

We happen to walk by this place and go in for a visit. It is a small museum that offers facts and displays on the history of currency with many examples of old currency. All of our old Canadian bills are on display.

Thank MPR1967
Toronto, Canada
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84 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 November 2011

This museum sounds more interesitng than it is. I have to admit that it was disappointing and not worth the visit. More for those who love money.

Elgin, Texas
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361 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 408 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 August 2011

Located near Parliament Hill inside a bank, this museum has a very good collection of historical coins, paper money (including counterfeit bills) and more. Did I mention its free?

Thank BrockDaBadger
Lindsay, Canada
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109 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 August 2011

Not enough people are aware of this intriguing museum. You can breeze through in 45 minutes, or take hours poring over the examples of ancient and modern currency. From trade beads to four-dollar bills to Depression scrip and up-to-date bank notes, it's absolutely fascinating. And it's free!

1 Thank SeeCanada
Saskatoon, Canada
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446 reviews
102 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 305 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 July 2011

We spent a wonderful 1 1/2 at the Currency Museum -- it is a bit hidden and not well marked, but persist! The currency displays are interesting, there are many interactive activities for children, and the history of money proves to be surprisingly fascinating. Staff are friendly and accessible (but there are very few tours, so prepare to work through... More 

3 Thank WhitehorseVancouver
Toronto, Canada
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4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 April 2008

I thought this place was pretty cool. It's inside a mall kind of place but easy to find and ALWAYS free. I went there one afternoon as it was close and free and spent about 2 hours there. There's activities for kids but I would say adults would get more out of it. It starts off with a history of... More 

11 Thank AdamDunn

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