Our Visitor Centre 

Notice: There is currently an exhibition in place titled "Empower Her".  The exhibition takes place from 14th May to 29 May 2024.Visitors Centre

Our Visitor Centre is located in our headquarters in Dublin. We are hosting two exhibitions.

The Story of the Central Bank of Ireland

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, “We serve the public interest by maintaining monetary and financial stability while ensuring 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.

75th Anniversary Brochure | pdf 3356 KB

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.

Further Information

Access to the Visitor Centre is free and is a fascinating experience for young people and adults.

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

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