27 September 2012 – 1 April 2018
What’s your money made of?
In The Money explored the science of note-based currency. From the mulberry-based paper money of Ming Dynasty China to Canada’s shiny polymer notes, this exhibition highlighted the initiative, inventiveness and skill that have made today’s bank notes easy to use and difficult to counterfeit.
How is paper made? Can good engraving foil a counterfeiter? What are those little holograms for? How has high technology changed absolutely everything about how we manufacture our money? Answers abounded in this fun and engaging exhibition, as did the opportunity to take an extremely close look at some very modern money. Visitors also got the chance, with our enthusiastic blessing, to test a five-dollar bill to their heart’s content. It was all in the interest of the science of money making.