Renovating, rebuilding—reinventing

On 2 July 2013, the Currency Museum closed its doors after more than 30 years of continuous operation. In 2017 a new Museum will take its place, conceived and built as part of the greater renovation of the Bank of Canada’s Ottawa head office complex.

Called the Bank of Canada Museum, it will be housed beneath the plaza at the corner of Bank and Wellington streets in downtown Ottawa. Sharing an impressive glass entrance with the Bank’s conference centre, the new facility will feature a gift shop, an educational space, a bright and open visitor centre as well as temporary and permanent exhibition halls.

The Museum’s mandate will be to present the work of the Bank of Canada to Canadians in ways that are both meaningful and friendly, exploring the Bank’s four main functions (funds management, currency, monetary policy and the financial system) and relating them to Canadians’ everyday lives. Using modern museum elements ranging from digital labels, to dynamic graphics to interactive technologies, our goal is to create an immersive and memorable experience for our visitors—an experience they will want to return to again and again. Maintaining a strong link with its own past, the Museum will feature artifacts from the National Currency Collection, offering more traditional ways to illustrate and relate the story of the Bank using examples of ancient and modern money with a particular emphasis on the history of money in Canada.

The Bank of Canada Museum is on-track for its projected 2017 opening. For construction and development updates, please follow our blog.