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Absa Money Museum - Johannesburg

absa money museum johannesburgAs South Africa’s only money and banking museum, a trip to the Absa Money Museum is an outing not to be missed!

Situated in the stylish Absa Towers West building in the heart of the cultural metropolis that is the Johannesburg CBD, the Money Museum is home to the most complete collection of South African numismatic items in the world. Home to the largest collection of money used in South Africa’s past in the world, Absa Money Museum lies in downtown Johannesburg on Fox Street. The ABSA Money Museum is the only banking and money museum in the country, and holds a fascinating history of how economic, political and social change can dramatically affect a currency.

When we think of money, we generally think of coins, banknotes, credit cards and cheques, but in the past people traded with commodity money, like salt, seashells, metal and animals. The museum’s history stretched back to the beginnings of trade in Johannesburg, and the dynamic displays include ranges of early money forms (such as Cowrie Shells and Venetian glass beads) through to gold coins retrieved from sunken ships.

Of course, the Absa Money Museum also covers the history of the banking giant in depth, and one can trace the history of Absa and the development of money in South Africa and its financial history. The scientific study of money and its history, or Numismatics, is the essence of the museum’s displays. Learn about bank-related crime, how to use an ATM, and what it means to save whilst viewing the museum’s collection of over 600 money boxes.

The museum is open Monday to Friday (08:30 – 16:00) and access is free. A tour guide is provided for groups (maximum of 15 people and booking is essential), and the Museum also specialises in tours for the hearing impaired.


 

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