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Museum on the Mound

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Address: The Mound, Edinburgh EH1 1YZ, Scotland
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+44 131 243 5464
10:00 - 17:00
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Tue - Fri 10:00 - 17:00
Sat - Sun 13:00 - 17:00
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Interesting Day Out

An interesting way to spend a few hours learning about the rise of the Scottish Banks and the history and development of the Scottish currency. Lots of information and some... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
Christopher B
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Quite a wordy visit. Not well lit and some info is a bit out of date, eg "....in today's money that would be ......". The 'guide' was really willing to engage us and was very knowledgeable. See what a million pounds in £20 notes looks like!!

Thank Mike S
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

An interesting way to spend a few hours learning about the rise of the Scottish Banks and the history and development of the Scottish currency. Lots of information and some interactive activities including the chance to see what a million pound looks like.

Thank Christopher B
Hereford, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Interesting to see the evolution of money and the insurance industry. Goes back through the history of Scottish banking, plenty of things to see especially the million pounds stash. Interaction for the kids, will only take a couple of hours to look around as quiet small

Thank Noel C
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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241 reviews
51 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A free museum about money...oh the irony! I dragged my boyfriend here against his will because I am really geeky. He actually really enjoyed it. There are lots of interesting exhibitions. You can break into a safe, build a bank, put your face on money and see a million pounds. It is great fun and educational for all ages. It... More 

Thank Erin C
Newtonmore, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Bank of Scotland's own museum is one of Edinburgh's less well known attractions, but if you are into money, any want to be up close and personal with a Million Quid, go! The visit is free, but the souvenir you really want to take home is the £20 pound note tea towel, which only costs a fiver!

Thank REPS2014
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This museum has a great deal to see. There are a few interactive displays and a comprehensive history of banking, coinage and notes. Several small groups of children were sitting unobtrusively in corners; being instructed This is a good, free,activity at which to spend around an hour.

Thank 855oscar
Edinburgh, Scotland
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170 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Everyone loves money! This museum is a must if you are interested in money, banking, building societies, insurance and history. It's also great value because it's free! My financial adviser friend and I, after a business lunch in a local restaurant yesterday, decided to have a look around this museum - and we were truly fascinated. The staff are extremely... More 

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Museum_on_the_Mound, Manager at Museum on the Mound, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your review. Lighting is an issue in all museums which display original manuscripts and watercolours as both are prone to fade in strong light. We therefore have to be very careful and walk the fine line between making the objects visible and minimising the risk of damage. The case lights are actually fibre-optics, so each... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Well worth a trip and it is free . Prepare for lots of reading . The staff are very friendly and the exhibition is well illuminated.

Thank Maurice421
England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2017

I would recommend a visit to this small Scottish gem. Why? Because it's not every day that one sees £1 000 000! Plus it's free and also has interesting information, for example, what I gathered to be Old French in one of the exhibits

Thank Sophie K
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2017

An interesting look into the financial history of Scotland. The museum itself is really well laid out with interesting exhibits and the story told has an interesting historical element to it as well. Worth it to see £1 million pounds in notes alone. Just note that this museum is only open on certain days.

Thank Nicola M

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