Our Visitor Centre

Visitors Centre

The Central Bank of Ireland’s Visitor Centre is situated in our headquarters in Dublin.

Our Visitor Centre is closed from 24 December 2018 until 2 January 2019 inclusive. It will reopen as normal on Wednesday 2 January 2019 at 10am. We apologise for any inconvenience.

What’s on?

We are currently hosting two exhibitions:

  • 75 Years of Change The Story of the Central Bank of Ireland
    75 Years of Change – The Story of the Central Bank of Ireland is an exciting new exhibition open to the public to mark our 75th anniversary.

This specially curated exhibition will take you on a journey of discovery from the early history of the Central Bank right through to the present day. It will explain how 75 years of public service is captured by our Mission statement,  "The Central Bank of Ireland serves the public interest by safeguarding monetary and financial stability and by working to ensure that the financial system operates in the best interests of consumers and the wider economy."

As you explore this engaging exhibition you will learn how the Central Bank began life with initially limited powers and functions but ultimately grew in stature to become one of Ireland’s most important public institutions.

Using rare video footage and previously unseen photographs, many drawn from our Archive, visitors will leave with a fascinating insight into the pivotal role the Central Bank has played in Irish public life through periods of economic growth and at times, financial crisis and controversy.

Download our 75th anniversary booklet for more detail on our history; Gaeilge version, English version
   

  • Pounds, Shillings & Independence
    Pounds, Shillings & Independence explores the development of an independent Irish currency, following the establishment of Saorstát Éireann (the Irish Free State) in 1922.

    This exhibition celebrates the work of the Currency Commission, which was established in 1927 to design, issue, manage and control an entirely new and independent Irish currency.

    Visitors can learn how a uniquely Irish economic situation lead to the development of two separate sets of banknotes – the Ploughman’s series of notes and the Series A Banknotes – each with a unique design. 

    The exhibition also takes visitors on a journey through the development of the first Irish coinage, the Saorstát pound, whose designs are still renowned for their distinctive artistic qualities. The coins celebrate the natural symbols of Ireland and were designed by English artist Percy Metcalfe following a design competition. Visitors can view Metcalfe’s designs in a 3D print display of all the designs submitted.
       

Individuals, Schools and Group Tours

Access to the Visitor Centre is free and is a truly fascinating experience for young people and adults. We are delighted to welcome both individual and group visitors.

Individual visitors are welcome to drop in at any time during our opening hours – 10:00-16:00 Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays), with last entry at 15:30. Our staff are available to answer your questions.

For groups of 10 or more, please make arrangements in advance. Exhibition staff are on hand at all times to assist your group.

Please e-mail visitorcentre@centralbank.ie to arrange your visit.

Further Information

Tour capacity
20 visitors (maximum)

Cost
Free

Requirements

  • Tours are free and are approximately 40 minutes  in duration.
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Frequently Asked Questions

Find out more about our opening hours, facilities, location, accessibility and how to get here.


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