Absa Money Museum
As South Africa’s only money and banking museum, a trip to the Absa Money Museum is an outing not to be missed!
Situated in the stylish Absa Towers West building in the heart of the cultural metropolis that is the Johannesburg CBD, the Money Museum is home to the most complete collection of South African numismatic items in the world.
When we think of money, we generally think of coins, banknotes, credit cards and cheques, but in the past people traded with commodity money, like salt, seashells, metal and animals. The museum’s history stretched back to the beginnings of trade in Johannesburg, and the dynamic displays include ranges of early money forms (such as Cowrie Shells and Venetian glass beads) through to gold coins retrieved from sunken ships.
Of course, the Absa Money Museum also covers the history of the banking giant in depth, and one can trace the history of Absa and the development of money in South Africa and its financial history.
The museum is open Monday to Friday (08:30 – 16:00) and access is free. Please remember to bring your ID for entry into the building. A tour guide is provided for groups (maximum of 15 people and booking is essential), and the Museum also specialises in tours for the hearing impaired.
|The dynamic new Absa Money Museum has been revamped to take you on a journey through the history of money|
The innovative displays showcase the history of money in an easy to understand way that all visitors can access
|Take a step back into the history of money in South Africa, and see how far we have come|