The Museum’s standing exhibition is built around three central themes, with a focus on the work of the Bank of Finland, the European System of Central Banks and the monetary policy they pursue. The Museum’s history corridor exhibits the history of money, banking systems and Finland. In the banknote corridor, attention is turned to banknote art and developments in banknote graphics since the beginning of the 19th century.
‘The Bank of Finland Museum has been closed almost throughout the pandemic, and now at last we can reopen the Museum and its exhibition to the public. The familiar exhibits – such as Aleksi, believed to be the largest gold nugget in Finland; old markka coins and banknotes; and the jewel of the craft, Eliel Saarinen’s draft for the 1922 banknote series – are all in place awaiting visitors to the Museum. While the Museum was closed, we updated it technically and renewed our interactive and pedagogical contents. Now, as we reopen, we can once more host our much-missed visits from school groups and others,’ says Museum Curator Jaakko Koskentola.
Group visits and guided tours can now be booked
In the Bank of Finland Museum we present often complex economic issues in a comprehensible and easily digestible manner. In addition to the standing exhibition, visitors to the Museum can learn about financial issues through interactive activities and multimedia. You can, for example, test your knowledge of the monetary economy or compare the value of money in different eras.
Group visits and guided tours can once again be booked via the ‘Visit’ page on our website. For example, groups of school students together with their teacher can arrange a guided group visit, during which they will receive a comprehensive and inspiring introduction to the entire exhibition, the foundations of the monetary economy and the operations of the Bank of Finland as a part of the Eurosystem.
Focal topics at the Bank of Finland Museum this autumn are climate change and the ECB’s new monetary policy strategy
At the Museum’s open public events this autumn we will be discussing the topics of the European Central Bank’s new monetary policy strategy and climate change. As from 9 November it will be possible to participate in these public events either through physical coming to the Museum or as a webinar participant online. Through its events for the public, the Bank of Finland seeks to further financial literacy and knowledge of the financial markets. The aim is also to increase dialogue with the public. Future public events, topics and dates can be found in the event calendar on the Museum website.
The planning of visits to the Museum takes into account COVID-19 safety. You can find our guide to COVID safety at the Museum on the Museum website.
The Bank of Finland Museum presents the history of money and central banking in Helsinki city centre, just along the road from the Bank of Finland itself, in the basement of the Lutheran cathedral on Snellmaninkatu (Snellmaninkatu 2). The Museum is aimed at all those with an interest in the economy and society. Entrance to the Museum is free of charge, and visitors can view the exhibition independently during our opening hours: Tuesday–Friday 11:00–17:00 and Saturday–Sunday 11:00–16:00.
For more information on the Museum and our opening hours, visit: https://www.rahamuseo.fi/en/