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Currency Museum description and photos - Canada: Ottawa. Detailed information about the attraction. Description, photographs and a map showing the nearest significant objects. The name in English is Currency Museum.
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One of the most interesting and popular museums in the city of Ottawa is the Currency Museum.
The history of the Currency Museum began in the late 1950s with a proposal by the head of the Bank of Canada, James Coyne, to create a national currency collection. This is how the long and painstaking process of collecting the collection for the future museum began, stretching over more than one decade. And although the priority was initially the acquisition of exhibits related only to the history of the origin and development of the national currency of Canada, the bank simultaneously acquired thousands of exhibits from various monetary systems of the world. The collection grew rapidly, replenishing both thanks to the bank's acquisitions from collectors and private firms, as well as from government agencies. Among the most important acquisitions, it is worth noting the collection of the famous numismatist Douglas Ferguson, the unique collection of Hart, acquired by the government of Canada back in 1883, and the rare exhibits of one of the leading numismatists of Canada - McLachlan. For the first time, the Museum of Currency opened its doors to visitors on December 5, 1980.
Today the museum collection has more than 110,000 exhibits - coins, banknotes, tokens, scales, cash registers, various devices for the production, storage and accounting of money, and also entertaining samples of forgeries and much more. The collection of Canadian coins, paper money and other banknotes presented in the museum is the largest collection of the national currency of Canada.
The excellent library and archive of the museum contains more than 8,500 specialized books, brochures, magazines and valuable historical documents, the earliest of which date back to the Middle Ages.
On a regular basis, the museum hosts a variety of temporary exhibitions, thematic lectures and seminars. General education programs for schoolchildren are also provided in the Currency Museum.
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