From pounds, shillings and pence to dollars and cents-The Jamaican story

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Always on the look out for fun, educational, and engaging places to go and things to do with my eight year old son, over the summer holidays we headed to the “Money Museum” at the Bank of Jamaica.  Have you heard of it?  Did you know we had a money museum right here in Kingston?  I am embarrassed to say I just recently heard about the museum, even though it has been around since 1999!
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There are so many neat and educational places of interest and fantastic cultural experiences to be shared with the kids here in Jamaica cheap nike air max mens.  This is one of the main reasons I started this site, to share information on all the hidden gems we take for granted or may not even know about, that exists right under our noses.
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The Money Museum is quite impressive. The monetary artifacts take us on a journey through our rich history, which was most educational.  From the very first “coins”/trading items from the Taino people, through the British influence of the Shillings and Pounds, to our  present day colourful banknotes.  They have all been captured, preserved and beautifully displayed for all to enjoy.

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The Money museum, in addition to being educational for the kids (and us), also provides a great opportunity for us to reminisce and share stories with our children, about how we used money when we were children.  Seeing the $1, $2, $5, $10 and $20 bills, brought back great memories of my childhood.  We spoke about how much lunch money I used to get and what we would buy for lunch from Fudgie and Chippie, and the lady at the gate with the Chinese sweetie (sold singly)-oh my!   Oh what great memories for me, and even better conversations with my son about how things change, the value of money, technology-with ATM cards and so many other advancements.  The conversation can go in so many directions depending on the age of your child.

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They do offer guided tours for groups of 10 or more.  So plan your trip and schedule a tour.  It was only 4 of us so no guide, but we did get to experience “the light show”.  This was truly the highlight of the visit for the kids.  I am not sure how often the show happens per day, but we were happy to see it.  The “light show” is seeing bills of different denominations  under the UV light.  You are able to see all the anti-counterfeiting technology that goes into each bill, which is quite neat Mens New Balance 373.  Each of our Jamaican bills has some pretty spectacular images under the UV light.

I strongly recommend The Money Museum for kids 8+, however I think kids a little older about 10+ would appreciate more fully the history that has been preserved and the entire experience.

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The Museum is open Monday t0 Friday, 10am-4pm and closed on weekends and public holidays.  I know, tough to get there during these hours, but how about planning  a school trip and tying it into some portion of the curriculum?

Have you visited the Money museum?  Share your experience with us.  If you haven’t visited as yet, will you plan a trip now?  I would love to get your feedback and thoughts.  Just fill out he comments section below.

Visit their website for more information.

Photos: Taken at The Bank of Jamaica Money Museum

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