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Museum on the Mound

Address: The Mound, Edinburgh EH1 1YZ , Scotland (Castle / Royal Mile / High St)
Phone Number: 0131 243 5464
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Ranked #44 of 194 Attractions in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
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Type: Museums
Hours:
Tue - Fri 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat - Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children

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Wolverhampton
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43 reviews 43 reviews
12 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

Walking around Edinburgh we came across this museum by chance. This is all about banking and money and provides a history of the banks in Scotland noting some interesting names. There is the million pounds to view and also historical coinage. A very interesting afternoon visit.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014 via mobile

This is a free to enter museum that gives the history of one of the banks. You can walk around and read lots of interesting things about the banks history and they used to trade. There are a few interactive things to help keep kids interested,band there are some good spots to see out of the window to most of... More 

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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

Great views. Some interactive sections for the kids or those who are just wanting to test their skills - including a safe with chocolate coins (FYI read the information in the museum and you will be able to crack the code for the safe). Excellent way to stay out of the cold and rain. More history about Edinburgh.

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Bucharest, Romania
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22 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

I did not have to many expectation while I entered the museum. In the end it provided the right call to enter. The best part of the museum for me was the insurance part - funny to see how this vertical evolved during the time@

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Torquay, United Kingdom
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17 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014 via mobile

With free admission, this is an interesting hour or so's visit. Clear display cabinets with some interesting artifacts. Some great 'games' and interactive pieces (especially opening the safe where you are rewarded with chocolate coins). Some seated areas where guides give you more detail on coins etc). Some nicer gifts in the souvenir shop. Also, has some great views over... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

We went with our daughter aged 6 who wanted to keep the £1m. The little activity book they gave her when they entered kept her occupied for a while. We stayed approximately 30 minutes and as it was free didn't feel as tied to stay as when you pay to see things. Upon leaving my daughter handed in her activity... More 

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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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24 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

We went with our children (5 and 9) who found the £1m in notes interesting, as anyone would, but lost interest in the remainder. There were some school trips whilst we were there, so difficult to bring the topic alive without some more facts as the staff were occupied. If it weren't free Id be tempted to give it 3... More 

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Barnstaple, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

Nice little musuem based just down from the castle and the royal mile. The main attraction is probably the million pounds in cash on show but kills time especially if the weather isn't great! Worth seeing

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Brooklyn, New York
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12 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014 via mobile

Both my wife and I thought this museum was a highlight of our visit to Edinburgh. I'm a retired Wall Street exec and thought the detection of money and banking was excellent. My wife also really liked it. It was small, manageable and beautifully curated.

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Lexington, Kentucky
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57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

This free museum on the mound is worth spending an hour or so. It concerns mostly the history of the Bank of Scotland, you can take a try at safe-cracking, or you can see a million pounds up close.

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