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Money in the Museum: New Exhibition Launch and Family Program

Post Date:03/06/2019 5:30 PM

Medicine Hat, AB - Decoding E-Money, a touring exhibit from the Bank of Canada Museum, opens in the Esplanade's Heritage Gallery with fun family activities for all ages and an introduction from the Regional Director (Currency), Bank of Canada.

Decoding E-Money
March 2 - June 8, 2019

It’s in your gift cards and maybe even your transit pass. It’s starting to appear on your phone. How far is it going to go and why is the Bank of Canada interested? Come take a look at the recent past and near future of e-money in this dynamic new exhibition by the Bank of Canada Museum. Expect cutting-edge interactive and eye-opening descriptive graphics that are aimed at all ages. 

Decoding E-money explores the voyage of your dollars from purchase to deposit through various traditional and e-payment systems. Explore more than 60 artifacts covering the way Canadians have spent their money over the course of 200 years. From trading tokens to the most recent precursors of today’s e-money, these artifacts at one time challenged our notions of acceptance much the way that Bitcoin challenges us today.


From Beaver Pelts to Bitcoin: Exhibition Launch and Family Program
Saturday, March 9, 1-3 PM
Free admission, refreshments, family games and more! 

Take a deep dive into Decoding E-Money’s interactive and educational timeline before donning your creative cap to design an original currency of your own. Exchange your freshly minted creations for a plastic card and you’re all set to cash in for some goodies at the refreshments bar. Prefer kicking it old school? We also accept furs and beaver pelts – but you’ll have to track them down in the Heritage Gallery first. Join as we learn from the past, delve into the future and indulge in some good old fashioned fun and games. 

Sneak preview at 12:30 PM! Join us early for an informal introductory tour of Decoding E-Money in the Heritage Gallery.Ted Mieszkalski, Regional Director, (Currency), Bank of Canada, will introduce the exhibition and the underlying theme of currency. This introduction will be immediately followed by our family program, From Beaver Pelts to Bitcoin, at 1 PM.


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For further information, interviews or images please contact:  

Joanne Marion
Director/Curator, Exhibitions & Collections
Esplanade Arts & Heritage Centre

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