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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 #43 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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Bangor.N Ireland
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50 reviews 50 reviews
20 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

The Museum on the Mound charts the rise of the bank of Scotland . It also has one million pounds on display - and what a lot of money that is! It is a small museum but very well laid out and full of interesting facts and odd artifacts. It is also free and a good way to brush up... More

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Washington, DC, USA
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35 reviews 35 reviews
21 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

We spent an enjoyable hour in this Museum of banking and currency. It is located in the former headquarters building of the Bankof scotland (now part of Lloyds) and is free. It was very interesting and the displays are very well presented.

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York, United Kingdom
12 reviews 12 reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Decided to visit this museum on the spur of the moment mainly as I wanted to see what a million pounds looks like. it is a small and compact museum but very informative. No guides as you just walk through various rooms and glean the information from display cases and wall plaques. Young children who are more used to interactive... More

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Seattle, Washington
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88 reviews 88 reviews
60 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

This is a very interesting museum where you can learn about all facets of money. It is set up by Bank of Scotland at its head quarters. You can see million pounds and there is demonstration in the afternoon when I visited as to how coins are struck. There are many visual displays that are educative and informative. This is... More

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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50 reviews 50 reviews
7 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

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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46 reviews 46 reviews
33 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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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96 reviews 96 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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36 reviews 36 reviews
6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
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
19 reviews 19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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