Taka Museum

Taka Museum, Dhaka. টাকা জাদুঘর, ঢাকা
Taka Museum

Taka Museum or Currency Museum is located in Mirpur, Dhaka, Bangladesh. Metal coins and paper notes of different periods from ancient Bengal to modern times have been stored and displayed in this Taka Museum. Also on display are many wooden boxes and iron chests used in ancient times to hold coins.

Taka Museum is located on the second floor of Bangladesh Bank Training Academy. Originally, the work of collecting currencies started in the main building of Bangladesh Bank in 2009, but in 2013 it was officially inaugurated as Taka Museum.

Things to see in Taka Museum

A money tree is made of steel on the left wall of the entrance to the museum. Artists Hashem Khan, Shyamal Chowdhury and Shantanu Khan have created this mural. It is decorated with samples of many coins of different eras. After looking at the mural, you will see lovely terracotta on the wall. This terracotta depicts a series of transactions from ancient times to the present.

Taka Museum has two galleries. The showcases of the first gallery present an illustrated history of the evolution of the use of money in the Indian subcontinent. The first showcase contains stamped silver coins used from the 4th century BC to the 2nd century BC. Thus, Krishan coins used in the first century BC to the second century, Harikela silver coins used in the seventh century to the ninth, coins of the Sultanate period of Delhi, coins used during the reign of the independent sultans of Bengal along with coins of British period, Pakistan and Bangladesh period have been kept in large glass boxes.

Taka Museum terracotta
Artistic terracotta on the walls of Taka Museum, Dhaka.

The exhibition at Gallery No. 02 of Taka Museum is adorned with coins of various countries. Paper notes and coins of different countries of the world including China, Afghanistan, Cambodia, Haiti, Bahrain, New Zealand can be seen here. The design and presentation of the currency of each country is different. In this way, after seeing all the different currencies of different countries, you can proceed to the kiosk, a small square house. There you can print your own picture on a one lakh taka note. Visitors get this opportunity to print their picture on a lakh taka note with a fee of 50 taka.

There is also a souvenir shop at the Taka Museum. Commemorative coins and notes, Monograph of Taka Museum with museum publication, Commemoration commemorated on the occasion of Silver Jubilee of Bangladesh Bank, Commemoration of World Cup Cricket in Bangladesh, Commemoration of 90th Anniversary of National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam’s ‘Bidrohi’ Poem, Commemoration on 40th Anniversary of Victory Day, Japanese coin sets and many more souvenirs. The price of each souvenir is pasted on a piece of paper outside the shop.

One taka note of 1973 by Bangladesh Bank.
One taka note printed in 1973 by Bangladesh Bank.

Taka Museum Travel Schedule and Ticket Price

No ticket is required to visit or enter this museum, it is absolutely free. Taka Museum is open daily from 00:11 am to 07:00 pm, except on Thursdays and public holidays. Only on Fridays it is open from 04:00 pm to 07:00 pm. Weekly closing day is Thursday.

How to go to Taka Museum

From anywhere in Dhaka you have to go directly to Mirpur-1 or Mirpur-10 Gol Chotwor. From there you can walk or take a rickshaw to the Taka Museum. However, people know this place more as Bangladesh Bank Training Center. Rickshaw fare from Mirpur-1 or Mirpur-10 Gol Chotwor is 15-20 taka.

A souvenir note printed for a tourist at Taka Museum.
A souvenir note printed for a tourist at Taka Museum.
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