The Reserve Bank Museum

The Reserve Bank Museum provides a fascinating glimpse into New Zealand’s economic and banking heritage. It celebrates and tells the origins and role of the Reserve Bank as the country’s central bank. Opened in September 2006, it is the only specialist economic and central banking museum in New Zealand.

 An extensive range of interactive exhibits showing the history of our trade and banking system as well as a selection of rare notes and coins from the Bank’s numismatic collection are on display at the Museum. One of the most popular exhibits is the MONIAC hydraulic computer. MONIAC demonstrations are held on the first Wednesday of the month between 12.15 and 12.45pm.

Learn more about the Reserve Bank Museum. You can also know more about some of the Museum’s highlights and exhibitions.

Admission and Opening Hours

The Museum is currently closed to the public and visits and tours are unavailable.

Bookings that have already been made will still be honoured.

To find out about future bookings or availability, please continue to check our website.

School Visits

We are still providing free educational programmes for secondary school students, from Year 11 to Year 13 with prior arrangements.

This includes a presentation, which last for about 45 to 60 minutes. You are then welcome to take part in a self-guided tour of the Museum.

The presentation is given by members of our Economics team who will cover topics such as:

  • The functions of the Reserve Bank
  • The history of money
  • Issuing currency
  • Maintaining financial stability
  • Inflation targeting (including what is inflation, costs of inflation, OCR decision making
  • Keeping employment near its maximum sustainable level
  • Working at the Reserve Bank (for senior students)

We like to make the sessions interesting and informative, with interaction between presenters and students. So we expect the students to answer our questions and ask questions of us.

Enquiries about secondary school visits to the Museum can be made through emailing museum@rbnz.govt.nz. Please provide the following details in your email:

  • Name of School
  • Contact Person / Teacher-in-Charge
  • Mobile Number
  • Email Address
  • Preferred Date and Time of Visit
  • Number of Participants
  • Student Year / Level

Unfortunately we are currently unable to cater for younger groups.

Location

The Reserve Bank Museum is located at 2 The Terrace, Wellington, New Zealand. The Museum is just inside the main foyer. Entrance to the building has wheelchair access.

There is metered street parking and a number of car parking buildings nearby. The council-owned Clifton Terrace car park is manned all day and the Tournament car park off Bowen Street has a ticket machine.

Contact Us

You may reach us through these contact details.

Email: museum@rbnz.govt.nz