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The Old U.S. Mint

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Address: 400 Esplanade Ave, New Orleans, LA 70116-2015
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The Old U.S. Mint is the only mint that produced American and Confederate...

The Old U.S. Mint is the only mint that produced American and Confederate coinage. The mint was built in 1835 and ceased in 1909. The Old U.S. Mint is currently the location of the Louisiana Historical Center, The New Orleans Jazz Club Collections of the Louisiana State Museum, and the new performing arts center. Visit to explore the history of minting, jazz, and free music performances!

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a nice place to sit and enjoy some jazz

This place was neat, I liked it due to it was not busy it was not hot inside and had some history to it. You pay $5 to go sit inside where the jazz band is playing however looking... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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La Verkin, Utah
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We took the Ranger Walk Tour that starts from the US Mint and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. This is run by the National Park Service. The Ranger who took us was very pleasant, knowledgable and entertaining and was very good at handling the crowd and their questions. We learned about New Orleans culture and the different styles of music and how... More 

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La Verkin, Utah
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This place was neat, I liked it due to it was not busy it was not hot inside and had some history to it. You pay $5 to go sit inside where the jazz band is playing however looking at all the old mint and jazz part of the museum is free. It is also great as it is the... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Probably the coolest thing about this place was the free jazz concert up on the 3rd floor. Unfortunately... it was packed so we couldn't even get in the room where they were playing. The second floor has a great Louis Armstrong exhibit which we also enjoyed. The history on the mint itself was not that interesting. My guess is that... More 

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Edmond, Oklahoma
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited this site while on a shopping tour. It is free and offers a glimpse of how they minted currency in older days. No free samples but they do have a collection of coins that date back quite awhile along with other equipment used in the minting process.

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Old US Mint is interesting in itself, but what made it totally fun and worthwhile to go to was because of the young woman, Stacy Marie-Luce, we got to hear as she sang with the ranger jazz band up on the 3rd floor in their concert hall. This venue hosts various other performers from what we were told, and... More 

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Regina, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We walked all day but wanted to be sure to see the mint before we finished our last day. We found that there is no tour, but there are some displays of the old mint, but really not a lot unless you have lots of time to use some in this museum. There was one great part where we spent... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We happened to see that this museum was free when we were getting off the St. Charles street car and decided to stop. On the main floor there were exhibits of coin minting and upstairs a Louis Armstrong exhibit. We were there on a Tuesday afternoon and there was a free concert going on as well. Finally something free to... More 

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Long Beach, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place is worth a visit, not only as the historical mint, but for the music collection and the regularly staged live performances. Lots to see.

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Salem, South Dakota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A free attraction that should be considered by all history buffs. The building itself has served as the home of not only a Mint, but also a jail. It isn't huge and it won't take along time to go through, however the stories on the walls and the old coins are amazing.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There is display about the history of the Mint and a fact filled exhibit on Louis Armstrong. What is really amazing are the free morning Jazz tours lead by rangers through the French Quarter as well as the free afternoon jazz concert at 2PM. We felt extremely lucky to see Charley Gabriel perform along with some very talanted members of... More 

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