Absa Money Museum
Absa Money Museum (187 Fox Street, Johannesburg) — Situated in the stylish Absa Towers West building in the heart of the cultural metropolis that is the Johannesburg CBD, the Money Museum is home to the most complete collection of South African numismatic items in the world.
When one thinks of money, coins, banknotes, credit cards and cheques usually come to mind. In the past, though, salt, seashells, metal and animals were used as forms of currency. The museum’s history stretched back to the beginnings of trade in Johannesburg, and the dynamic displays include ranges of early money forms (such as Cowrie Shells and Venetian glass beads) through to gold coins retrieved from sunken ships. Of course, the history of Absa and the development of money in South Africa and its financial history are also covered. Admission: free. Hours: Monday – Friday (8:30 am – 4:00 pm).