The central bank of the country, Reserve Bank of India (RBI) preserves the monetary heritage of the country through RBI Monetary Museum. Through this museum, the Reserve Bank of India disseminates information about the monetary history of India to the common audiences. This one of its kind museum in India was inaugurated in the year 2004 by India's President, Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam. The museum speaks about money from the time it evolved in the form of the age old barter system. In the museum, visitors get to see coins of various sizes and shapes when they were issued during 6th century B.C. to the present times. Also, there are panels of bank notes and instruments of banking displayed in the museum.
The museum is divided into 6 different sections- Concepts, Curiosities and the Idea of Money, Indian Paper Money, Know Your Currency, Indian Coinage, Coins to Bank Notes and RBI and You. The best among these sections is the second section- Curiosities and the Idea of Money, which displays the variety of coins through the years, starting from 4 century B.C. Every section of the museum is explained through graphic panels in both English and Hindi. There is a screen for trading in foreign exchange that comes with live quotes on foreign exchange, share prices and commodities. With this, visitors get to see how exchange rates of different currencies keep changing.
RBI Monetary Museum is a must-visit for children as there are a number of information kiosks around the museum which provide information along with lots of entertainment. Here, children can learn about currency notes and facts related to coins while playing games. Visitors can also buy souvenirs like greeting cards, posters on coins and currency notes and post cards.