The Museum of the Bank of Mexico opened on September 24, 2021. This was a big event in the history of this central bank. The Museum is in the main building of the Bank, which is a beautiful piece of architecture with elements of Art Deco. This is a great chance to take a tour and look at the building's architecture and artistic details. The architect Carlos Obregón Santacilia added to and changed this building.
The Bank of Mexico Museum opens its doors to the public through its exhibits so that everyone can learn about what it does, how its main building looks, and the cultural and numismatic history of the Mexican people.
A brief tour of the attractions of the Bank of Mexico Museum
When you walk into the Banking Hall, you'll find an open space called the lobby. From here, you can see how beautiful the building is on the inside. In the middle, on the main staircase, you will be surprised to see a large digital projection of the stained glass project that was commissioned to the artist FermnFermín Revueltas in 1935. This project evokes the ideas of progress and economic development that were part of the modernist imagination in the early 20th century.
The Hall of Money is to the right of the main entrance. It takes you on a historical tour using interactive and interesting numismatic pieces to show how money has changed from when it was first made in ancient times to what we all use today.
When you walk in, you'll see a Rai stone from the Island of Yap, which is now part of the Federated States of Micronesia. This stone was used as a currency by the people who lived in this community.
In the same room, you will find a clay tablet with cuneiform writing that is almost 4,000 years old and was one of the first ways to keep track of business transactions. You will also find 12.5 kg of pure gold ingots.
On the left side of the Museum's entrance is the Bank of Mexico Hall. Here, you can learn about the country's financial history and the Bank's roles, such as making sure the payment systems work and the financial system grows well, issuing national currency, and keeping its buying power.
Here, you can learn about all of the different types of banknotes that this central bank has made since 1925. There is also an impressive model of the main building that shows how the inside of the building has changed over time.
You can reach the mezzanine area by going up the central staircase. This is a flexible space where temporary exhibitions are held. The Family of Banknotes, Heritage, and Technology in Your Hands exhibition is currently on display. It is about the most recent family of banknotes issued by the Bank of Mexico, the G Family. The theme of these notes is our historical identity and the country's natural heritage.
This show has the medal and certificate that the International Bankers Society (IBNS) gave to the Bank of Mexico for its great design of the 100-peso bill and is named "Banknote of the Year."
On your way through the mezzanine, check out the interactive Numismatic Collection. You can see details of the pieces in high-resolution images and 3D models, and you can buy products related to the exhibits in the Museum Store.
Lastly, don't forget to go down to the basement. In the main vault, you can enjoy a fun, immersive experience that will teach you how the history of trust in money around the world has helped our economy work.
Located at Calle 5 de Mayo No. 2, in the historic center of Mexico City. Open from Tuesday to Sunday from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. Reserve your ticket at http://museobancodemexico.mx or go to the entrance located at Eje Central No. 4 to see if there are places available.