The Banknote Museum of the Ionian Bank was established in 1981 and is one of the most respected museums in its category, hosting exhibits of major significance and showcasing the monetary history of modern Greece. It is located at Plateia Iroon Kipriakou Agona, in the Old Town of Corfu’s capital.
Hosted in an impressive neoclassical building designed by the architect Ioannis Chronis, the museum operates within the same historical edifice as the Ionian Bank -the first national bank of Greece-which was established in 1839. The extensive collection includes banknotes printed by the Ionian Bank during its operation, as well as all the versions of national banknotes issued by the National Bank of Greece until the coming of euro in 2002, rare bills from various greek regions that were secretly issued by the Church during the Ottoman rule as well as all the national banknotes of all the members of the European Union before the establishment of euro. A rather precious exhibit is also an extremely rare Chinese banknote that dates from the 1.300 A.D., reportedly one of the oldest ones worldwide.
The museum is also home to a series of monetary-related items and registry, such as checks, documents, stamps and printing machines, that guide the visitor through the routine of the bank during its operation years and recreate the past atmosphere. On the second floor of the building, temporary exhibitions and cultural events are frequently organised. During the summer months the museum operates daily, except for Mondays and Tuesdays.
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The Banknote Museum is located in Corfu Town just a 7-minute walk away from the central bus station and a 10-minute walk away from a parking lot.
Private transfers: We recommend using an online pre-booked Corfu transfer service, which provides transfer by taxi, minibus or private VIP car and arranging a pickup directly from the airport, port or your hotel. Alternatively, there’s the option of arranging a pickup by a local driver directly at the following numbers: 0030 26610 39911, 0030 694 5452 338, 0030 697 3372 289 or book your taxi online.
Car rental: Τhere’s the option of renting a car in Corfu with as little as 12 euros per day and pick it up directly from the airport, port or your hotel. Using a car rental allows visitors to discover the Banknote Museum and many other places of interest in Corfu at their own pace.
By Public transfers: The central bus station of the island is located at Corfu Town. There are bus connections between this bus station and the most areas of the island. Consider that time schedules might change according to the season. Check the official timetables here. Tip: Since buses don’t always stop in every scheduled stop of their itinerary, our advice to visitors is to inform the driver about their final destination, so that he makes a stop there.
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