Metro Manila · Money Museum
"Money makes the world go round". Philippine money, like other currencies, started out as gold, but at the Money Museum in Manila, there is more to it than that. The museum in the Philippine Central Bank is dedicated to the evolution of the country’s currency, the Philippine peso.
While the Money Museum in Manila is all about money, money, money and a bit of gold, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), the country’s central bank, won't charge even a centavo for you to enter it. The security is quite strict though so be sure to bring an official ID.
The museum gives visitors an insight about Philippine currency through the ages – from gold to notes to everything in between. While the museum is quite small, visitors will do a lot of reading or listening during the tour. The audio guide is quite useful but you can also read the information under the displays.
Perhaps one of the most interesting displays at BSP’s Money Museum is the section that showcases money used by guerillas. Rebels during the revolution had their own notes instead of utilizing the currency used by the general public and the government at the time.
The place also has a number of old jewelry pieces that were likely used, at some point in time, as currency in the Philippine islands.
Location & How To Get There
Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, Mabini Street, HotDot Malate, Manila