Museum

The Central Bank Money Museum

The Money Museum was opened to the public in December 2004.  It was created to add to the educational resources of the country by providing an alternative learning experience for students and the wider community.

The Museum's permanent exhibition features displays on the history of money, history of Trinidad and Tobago money and on the role of the Central Bank.

Please note that from the end of July 2014, the Money Museum will be closed for a major renovation.  It will re-open to the public on March 6th, 2015.

What's Inside?

Section 1 - World Money
The first section of the Museum looks at the origins of money and examines various representations of money on the global continents, including cowrie shells, a Katanga cross, gold bars and paper money. Find out about money, old and new, from doubloons to credit cards and e-money.

Section 2 - The History of Money in Trinidad and Tobago
The second section of the Museum traces the development of money and financial institutions during various periods of the economic history of Trinidad and Tobago commencing with the first inhabitants, the Amerindians, who used burens, obsidian and adornos as early forms of money. In tracing this development, the exhibition looks at how key historical episodes impacted on money and the financial system in Trinidad and Tobago.

Section 3 - The Role of the Central Bank
The final area of the Museum is devoted to the role of the Bank and takes an interactive approach in providing visitors to the Museum with information on the mission and core functions of the Bank. In addition to the collection of historical objects relating to central banking, the multimedia and interactive elements in this section include a Question and Answer Quiz, a money game, an audio-visual presentation on the Central Bank, and real-time information on key economic developments in Trinidad and Tobago.