A thought-provoking museum about the history, culture and social role of currency.
The Currency Museum is a mere one-minute walk from the B1-floor entrance of Mitsukoshimae Station on the Hanzomon Subway Line, or an eight-minute walk from the Nihonbashi entrance of Tokyo Station on the JR Line. Most of the materials on permanently display here were collected by currency researcher Hirofumi Tanaka (1884–1956) and formerly exhibited or stored at Senpeikan. The Bank of Japan, given the material for safekeeping, felt that people ought to learn about the history and role of currency in society, and so, in 1985 opened the Currency Museum. On display are not only domestic currencies but also those of East Asia and especially China, along with related materials. New findings from archaeological excavations and other studies over the past 30 years are now reflected in the museum, which reopened on November 21, 2015. The building is wheelchair friendly with elevators and lowered display cases.