13 August 2012

Museum on the Mound

Opened in 2006, this fascinating museum takes a fresh look at money – and much, much more. Art & design, technology, crime, trade and security – all feature in the story of money. They are open throughout the year and admission is FREE.

"The Museum on the Mound is the best new museum to have opened in Edinburgh in ages… It's fun. It's free. It's fantastic."
Ian Rankin, best-selling author.

Want to see a million pounds? See Scotland's oldest banknote? Explore the changing face of Edinburgh? Build a model home? Crack open a safe?


These are just some of the things you can see and do at the Museum on the Mound.

The Museum on the Mound is housed in the magnificent, purpose-built head office of the Bank of Scotland. Today the building also serves as the Scottish headquarters for Lloyds Banking Group. Find out more about the fascinating history of this beautiful building.

Money matters to all of us - it is part of our daily lives. Although we think of money today as banknotes and coins, things like tea, shells and even feathers have been used in the past.
Find out how money has evolved over the past 4,000 years, see £1 million pounds and have a go at cracking a safe!

Britain is a nation of home-owners - but it wasn't always like that. In the 19th century, building societies changed the way we live, for good.

Discover what housing conditions were like in the Industrial Revolution and how working people clubbed together to build themselves better homes. See how the dream of home-ownership has been sold over the past 100 years.

In the early 1800s, Clerical Medical revolutionised the world of life assurance. For the first time cover was offered to people with life-shortening illnesses and 'risky' lifestyles. The catch? - they had to pay more.
Discover how different diseases and lifestyle-choices could dramatically increase the cost of a policy. Find out which countries were considered safe to visit in the 1820s - and which were not.
You can even apply for an 1820s-style life assurance policy…

Countless people have been employed by banks and building societies over the years to look after our money. Not just a respectable career, it also offered an opportunity for more leisurely pursuits.

Discover what teenage apprentices earned in the 19th century, and when women first came to work in banks. Learn about early 'computers' and how they changed the workplace. See what 'high jinks' staff got up to in their free time.


The Museum on the Mound is located in the heart of Edinburgh's city centre, just 500 metres from Edinburgh Castle and Princes Street.

Opening hours

Tuesday - Friday: 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday - Sunday: 13:00 - 17:00
Bank Holiday Mondays: 13:00 - 17:00

Extended opening hours during the Edinburgh Festival - please contact for details.

Admission FREE

Museum on the Mound
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For more information please visit museumonthemound.com

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