A fresh look at the pound in your pocket
Housed in the former head office of Bank of Scotland, the museum forms only a small part of this iconic building which dates to 1806. The focus here is on money and showcases a unique collection of artefacts and memorabilia with a mix of static and interactive displays to keep visitors entertained. There's a million quid in used twenties for example, a section on forgers and forgery, some social history about bank staff and a gallery dedicated to the history of Bank of Scotland at the Mound set in the context of the wider development of the city. The bank itself is the second oldest surviving bank in the UK after the Bank of England, founded in 1695. It merged with the Halifax in 2001 to form HBOS then ran full pelt into the financial crisis of 2007 and 2008. In early 2009 it was taken over by Lloyds Banking Group although it continues as a Lloyds subsidiary.