Euro exhibition

Euro exhibition

The Euro Exhibition was inaugurated on 25 November 2015 at the European Central Bank in Frankfurt, Germany.

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About the exhibition

This travelling exhibition has visited many cities across Europe since 2008, attracting around 300,000 visitors. It gives people the opportunity to watch short films on the banknotes and coins, try out a range of interactive exhibits, and learn how a euro banknote is produced and how to distinguish a genuine note from a counterfeit.

Previous locations
25 January to 3 May 2015
Osnabrück, Germany
The new face of the Euro
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Footage of the Euro Exhibition Opening
23 October 2014 to 5 January 2015
Vilnius, Lithuania
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23 July to 1 September 2014
The Hague, Netherlands
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18 January to 31 March 2014
Saarbrücken, Germany
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26 October to 13 December 2013
Riga, Latvia
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25 May to 30 June 2013
Bratislava
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26 March to 12 May 2013
Madrid, Banco de España
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10 January to 10 March 2013
Frankfurt am Main, Archaeological Museum
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29 April 2012
Frankfurt am Main, European Central Bank Visitors’ day
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17 September to 20 November 2011
Sofia, Bulgarian National Bank
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10 June to 4 September 2011
Paris, Cité des sciences et de l'industrie
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10 March to 27 May 2011
Bucharest, Banca Naţională a României
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20 September to 31 October 2010
Tallinn, AHHAA Science Center
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12 June to 10 September 2010
Warsaw, Narodowy Bank Polski
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20 April to 28 May 2010
Luxembourg, Banque centrale du Luxembourg
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11 March to 11 April 2010
Frankfurt am Main, Museum für Kommunikation
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20 November 2009 to 17 January 2010
Berlin, Museum für Kommunikation
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6 April to 30 June 2009
Rome, Banca d’Italia
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2 February to 27 March 2009
Barcelona, Banco de España
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22 September 2008 to 15 January 2009
Bratislava, Národná banka Slovenska
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1 June 2008
Frankfurt am Main, European Central Bank

Interested in hosting the Euro Exhibition?

The exhibition has a flexible structure and can be easily installed in a wide range of venues. It consists of six modules, which require up to 200 square metres of floor space. Each module is dedicated to a different topic.

Banknotes

This area consists of two displays. The first display covers the history, the main features and the design of euro banknotes. It also explains what the ECB and the euro area national central banks are doing to always remain at least one step ahead of counterfeiters. The second display describes how euro banknotes are made, how the production process is organised and what happens to banknotes that are no longer fit for circulation.

Coins

Have you ever wondered why there are so many different designs for the national sides of euro coins? Well, with this module you will find out more about the designs for the common and national sides of the euro coins and how they were chosen.

Security features

Discover how easy it is to check if a banknote is genuine by using the FEEL, LOOK and TILT method. Inform yourself about the individual security features of euro banknotes, including the new ones for the Europa series. And use the eight showcases presented to compare counterfeit banknotes with real notes – some even have a mechanism for tilting the banknotes, as this is what you need to do to see certain security features.

History of money

This display takes you on a journey through the exciting history of money, which spans thousands of years. Find out exactly what money is and learn about the many different forms that it has taken over the years, including barter, commodity money, coins, paper money and, most recently, electronic money.

The Europa series

The exhibition also includes information on the Europa series – the second series of banknotes. It is named after Europa, a figure from Greek mythology and the origin of our continent's name. A special highlight is the film, shot at the Louvre in Paris, which reveals the story of “Princess Europa” and how she was chosen to become the new face of the euro banknotes.

Kids’ corner

Children can play games on the many touchscreens located here. They can also get a certificate by playing the Find the security features game, and read a story about the game’s two main characters (Anna and Alex) and their efforts to help the police find some counterfeiters.

For more information, please write to EBCCProject@ecb.europa.eu