“ Address: The Mound / Edinburgh / EH1 1YZ / Tel: 0131 243 5464 „
Museum on the Mound
The Museum On The Mound is located in the heart of the city of Edinburgh. The museum is all about the history of money. Not only about collecting coins but also from crime and making the money. It's not a large museum and the best thing is that there is no admission. Perfect for an afternoon and since you don't have to pay there is no harm in visiting.
When you get in you first pass the information desk were you can get a floor plan and some other information. The floor plan describes in detail what you can find in the museum. The museum is what you can expect from most museums. Most items are behind glass and each item has a description of what it is and where it comes from. You can find information about the history of money, banking system, making of the money and crime concerning money. The main attraction is the display of one million pound. You can actually watch this one million pound laying there behind glass.
The museum also focuses also on children with a little game were you can win some chocolate which is locked away in a safe. When you answer the questions right you get some chocolate. There is not that much staff but the staff was friendly and polite. When you enter you are greeted right away with a smile and asked if she can help with anything.
I think the museum is worth a visit and not just because it's free to visit! You can learn a lot about money but on a fun way. Everything is well displayed so that you and a few others can watch at the same time. It wasn't really busy so you can really spend your time. Overall I will say four stars because its free, you can spend a great few hours here and learn a lot on a fun way.
The Museum on the Mound is a museum located slap bang in the middle of Edinburgh that is all about money. It tells the history of money, covering everything from crime to the making of it and its crowning glory is the million pounds in real bank notes that you can see in it.
===Opening Times and Admission Charges===
Strangely enough for a museum about money, there is no admission charge. This makes it a great option for a cheap afternoon out and an ideal thing to do if the weather isn't that great. The opening times are:
Tuesday to Friday - 10am until 5pm
Saturday and Sunday - 1pm until 5pm
Holiday Mondays - 1pm until 5pm (it is closed all other Mondays)
The museum isn't a massive one, but it is well presented and easy to get around. A trip around the museum starts and ends in the gift shop where you can buy all manner of money related souvenirs (anyone for a fifty pound note tea towel?!). It is also here that you can pick up a guide which has a floor plan and a key to the main areas.
Most are the exhibits are what you'd expect from a museum - lots of artefacts behind Perspex glass. There are sections about the history of money, the making of money, different bank accounts and assurance policies and so on. It sounds pretty dull and to be honest, much of it is. Unless you have a keen interest in money, other than in spending it, you'll be hard pushed to find the displays very engaging.
That's not to say that there is not some fun to be had here. Of course there is the million pounds to look at, which is surprisingly small. I think it would have looked more impressive if it was made up of pound coins rather than fifty pound notes! But it is still worth going to see, because lets face it, it's the only time most of us are going to get that close to a million pounds.
There is also a safe halfway around the museum that is filled with chocolate coins. You have to break the safe by answering a series of questions. The answers can all be found in the surrounding displays and it is quite a fun way of learning a little bit more. Plus you are rewarded with a chocolate coin!
I also quite enjoyed the section on money and crime, which shows you all the lengths that people go to to make counterfeit money. It started a surprisingly long time ago and there are some great examples of counterfeit money past and present as well as the stories of those involved.
The staff are very friendly and are willing to give you a bit more information and tell you a few stories themselves if you want and they are obviously genuinely interested in their work, which I found surprisingly infectious.
There are some interesting exhibits and I was surprised at how much I actually learnt, but I think that if it was free to enter the museum, I'd be less inclined to recommend it. It's not a bad way to pass an hour or two, but don't make a beeline for it unless you are really interested in that kind of thing.