Located within the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) building in a busy commercial area at Martin Place, the Museum of Australian Currency Notes is relatively unknown to many people, however it houses an interesting collection of artefacts and a well-presented exhibition.
The museum was opened to the public in 2005 with the aim to display the bank's archives of currency notes, as well as to tell the story of Australia's currency notes in the context of socioeconomic and political developments through a number of stages.
I chanced upon this obscure little museum on a weekday lunch break and decided to take a quick tour of the museum. I was impressed at the well-organised exhibition and of course the friendly receptionist, who was kind to usher visitors in and showed the visitors where to begin their tour. The museum's current exhibition on 'Pocket Money' showcases the exploration of relationship between children, money and banks. Money boxes from the early days, illustrated literature and comic books from the 1950s and 1960s are among the interesting items on display.
Besides learning the history of currency notes, visitors have the opportunity to explore various notes from Australia and other countries, experience key episodes in the history of Australian notes through archival film and photographs as well as discover the intricate artwork on the notes which helps to prevent counterfeiting.