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Counterfeit! April 27, 14:00

England 1696: counterfeiting is rampant, the economy is in crisis and Sir Isaac Newton has been appointed Warden of the Royal Mint. Visit us for a thrilling talk about Newton’s single-minded pursuit of master counterfeiter and scammer William Chaloner. Presented by the Ottawa Numismatic Society and the Ottawa Baroque Consort. [English, with bilingual question period]

Tulip Festival

Tulip Fest 2019

May 11–20

Family fun at the Museum with flowers, origami and odd ways to spend.


A Noteworthy Woman Exhibition

A Noteworthy Woman Exhibition

From November 30, 2018 to May 12, 2019

An exhibition that explores the imagery on our new vertical $10 bill, featuring human rights inspiration Viola Desmond. This exhibition puts a spotlight on the life and work of this remarkable, trail-blazing, Canadian woman—the first to appear on a regular bank note.


Museum Blog

April 25, 2019

Welding with Liquid

By: Stephanie Shank

In heritage conservation, broken metal objects can be reassembled with an adhesive most commonly used for repairing glass and ceramics.
Content Type(s): Blog Subject(s): Collection
April 22, 2019

Conserving the Spider Press

By: Stephanie Shank

Used extensively in the 19th century, this type of hand-operated press printed secure financial documents using the intaglio method.
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April 1, 2019

How Does $ = Dollar?

By: Graham Iddon

How on earth did an “S” with a line or two through it come to represent a dollar? Any ideas? No? That’s OK, you’re in good company.
Content Type(s): Blog Subject(s): Collection, History
March 29, 2019

TTC Tokens and the Proposed 1978 Cent

By: David Bergeron

In 1977, the Royal Canadian Mint wanted to reduce the size of the penny in response to the rising price of copper. Little did the Mint know that the Toronto Transit Commission’s reaction would force the cancellation of the program.
Content Type(s): Blog Subject(s): Collection
March 8, 2019

The Vertical Note That Almost Was

By: Graham Iddon

The printing firms’ design teams went to work and came back with a surprising result: vertical notes.
Content Type(s): Blog Subject(s): Collection

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Tuesday to Sunday, from 10:00 to 17:00

Free Admission

Learn more about the exciting, interactive Bank of Canada Museum.


Trading Planets and Inflation Busters, two new school programs available at the Museum.

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Plan Your Visit

Welcome to our Museum!

Complete Commemorative Note Series

Since issuing its first series of bank notes in 1935, the Bank of Canada has issued four commemorative bank notes. Each commemorative note marks an important milestone for the reigning monarch or a defining moment in Canadian history.

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Search the Collection

Looking for specific items in our Collection? Here you will be able to access all of the items in our Collection that have been digitized so far.

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Travelling Exhibitions

The Bank of Canada Museum is hitting the road! Check out our travelling exhibitions in a city near you.

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