Money Museum opens to the public tomorrow
The Money Museum, located in the heart of Lisbon’s historic centre, offers its visitors the opportunity to discover rare examples of banknotes and coins from all over the world, in an innovative, interactive experience. Admission is free.
Lisbon is about to have a new museum! Opening to the public tomorrow is the Money Museum, housed in the former church of São Julião in the Pombaline Baixa.
Unique in its mission, the Money Museum presents, using a contemporary approach, the most emblematic exhibits from Banco de Portugal's collection of banknotes and coins.
Through new technologies, modern displays and multimedia devices, the exhibition compels its visitors to learn about the history of money from all over the world across nine different areas, all of which are harmoniously integrated in the architecture of the former church, one of the most important urban regeneration projects ever undertaken in Lisbon’s Baixa.
The exhibition’s route takes the visitor from pre-monetary items for barter, via coins and banknotes of the world, including rare examples of the first coins and banknotes, and production tools, to the history of banking and paper money in the life of societies.
Interaction is key to the Museum’s uniqueness, and it gives visitors the opportunity to mint and print their own coins and notes, to see the city from a virtual vantage point, and even test the authenticity of the cash they have in their pocket!
Dedicated to the memory of the former church’s location, a multimedia sculpture takes visitors on a journey through mediaeval and Pombaline Lisbon, witnessing the development of the Baixa as the historic, financial and administrative centre of the capital.
Visitors are also invited to visit the crypt of the former church to discover the only remaining stretch of Dom Dinis’ Wall, classified as a National Monument.
The Museum offers a vast educational and cultural programme all year round, reflecting Banco de Portugal's commitment to the community, to artistic creativity, and to protect and enhance its cultural heritage.
Former Church of São Julião, Largo de S. Julião,
Open from Wednesday to Saturday, from 10am to 6pm.
Telephone: +351 213 213 240
Lisbon, 19 April 2016