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Museum on the Mound

The Mound, Edinburgh EH1 1YZ , Scotland (Castle / Royal Mile / High St)
0131 243 5464
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Ranked #49 of 204 attractions in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums
Traveler Description: The Museum on the Mound's is a small museum associated with the Bank of Scotland traces the history of banking and money in Scotland with interesting... more »
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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49 reviews 49 reviews
7 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

Very interesting museum about the history of money, Scottish banks etc. Lots of visual displays, hands on exhibits for children to learn the fun way and display cases full of historical items. All very interesting.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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33 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

I didn't much enjoy my trip to the Bank museum, despite the glass case with a 'million pounds' in it. I found it rather dull however it did supply many facts about money and historical information about coins, pennies and notes. Despite what the other reviews say, this is really NOT the place for young children, but for historian adults... More

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NicolaFOH, Front Office Manager at Museum on the Mound, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to send us a review, we always appreciate receiving visitor feedback as it is important for us to ensure our visitors get the best experience possible. I am sorry you did not enjoy your visit, and would be happy for you to send us any suggestions you may have to improve your experience. As... More

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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94 reviews 94 reviews
38 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014 via mobile

We didn't choose to visit because it was free but I guess the bank can afford it! It is a genuinely interesting place if you are interested in the history of how banking developed and it would appear that in principle, not much has changed! There is probably more than most people can take in in a single visit but... More

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Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

If you are in Edinburgh, have some time to kill and have already been to the castle, then another very interesting place to spend an hour or two is the Museum on the mound. It's free to enter and you can see what a million pounds looks like. Fascinating to see how things were done and all the links between... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

The reason for the title reflects not only the fact that this wonderful attraction is free but that it is mostly about money of which you are guaranteed to see loads (including two separate piles of notes each amounting to one million pounds). This is a well set-out attraction with clear and attractive display and interpretation. It also looks at... More

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Penang Island, Malaysia
18 reviews 18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

Big museums are great but they do take up almost the whole day. This one is small but still very interesting. And imagine being able to stand next to a million pounds! While the information is grown up, there are games that will keep the young ones interested, albeit with help. Best of all, it's free and the staff is... More

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Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

It was raining heavily (stair rod heavy) and we nipped into the Mound to avoid the weather. I had expected the Bank HQ to have a banking Hall, but that has been closed for some years now. The museum is six rooms on one level with exhibits from several banks in the group; it shows the history of the building,... More

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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014 via mobile

Only a small musesum but contains a lot of information. All the staff were welcoming, friendly and engaging especially to our two children. Free admission and Plenty for the children to do all and kept them happy too no extra charges for the children to crack the safe, children's trail, insurance policy fill out and then get it printed, timed... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

This museum in the imposing Bank of Scotland building on the mound has been open since 2006. It is in one of the most imposing and striking buildings of the city's skyline, so it is interesting to get inside it in the first place. There are great views overlooking Princes Street. The exhibits provide a good overview of the history... More

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

Very nice, small clean and well maintained museum, where you can actually see a million pounds for real! 50000 x 20 pound notes :-) Very informative and has history of money, and has little games like break the safe, rebuild the bank model. Am sure it's great place for kids. Clean, well maintained and friendly staff. Highly recommend.

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