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Address: Calle Ayacucho (between Quijarro and Bustillos), Potosi, Bolivia
Phone Number: 591 2 6222777
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Description: At one time a mint that converted mined silver into coins, this...
At one time a mint that converted mined silver into coins, this comprehensive museum houses 20 galleries that cover everything in Potosi’s history, from Bolivian weapons to archaeology and, of course, the minting process.
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I found this museum extremely interesting and it fed my fascination with the history of money and currency. The building is impressive and the history of how this mint came to be... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 13, 2015
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Barnsley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

I found this museum extremely interesting and it fed my fascination with the history of money and currency. The building is impressive and the history of how this mint came to be in one of the highest cities in the world is pretty special. The guide who took us round the museum was very enthusiastic and his enthusiasm was infectious.

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Towson, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

The Mint is a great place to visit as an alternative to the Mines. Having seen the conditions of the miners in the Cerro Rico mine I chose to go to the Mint instead. No regrets. Tourists must choose a tour with a Spanish or English language guide. They are offered at different times of the day. Everything closes for... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

This attraction is definitely worth a visit! I recommend going before the mining tours to have a bit of information before going in. They explain the significance the Cerro Rico had for Potosi and its global impact. They have a great selection of artifacts and a nice explanation provided by the optional (free) tours. Even if you're not on a... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

Really solid option for a museum with lots of unique, diverse and even sinister history. With help from the guided tour (recommended), it gives a good context to the city. Not all of it is interesting, but most of it is. People are moaning about the price...it's like £5, chill. For more Potosí tourist tips, check out our blog: https://ednaventures.wordpress.com/2014/12/30/potosi-two-years-down-a-mine/

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

Interesting being shown the history of the mint and how the mining and coin production process worked and changed over time. The tour also included lots of pieces of artwork etc which we weren't as interested in. Very friendly guide with great English.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

We had 6 in our group for the English tour today. Our guide Luiz was very passionate and enthusiastic about the mint. I found the tour very interesting. I definitely learned a lot about the history of Potosi and loved seeing the original rooms, coins and machinery in this beautiful museum. Those poor men and mules working in the mint... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 via mobile

I thought this would be way more interesting. Entrance costs 40bs and an extra 20bs if you want to take photos!! We had a guided tour. It was interesting to see some of the rooms but I just found the overall tour to be quite boring. I actually thought it would never end. The guide wasn't that interesting, spoke boringly... More 

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Province of San Jose, Costa Rica
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

we learned a lot! the guide was great the machines perfectly maintained because of the cold, dry weather, a must when in potosi.

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Bath, ME
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

Originally an historic mint, from 1930 this building has operated as a museum, one of the most important in Bolivia. It also keeps one of the largest art collections in Potosi, particularly of colonial paintings, and has many historical archives. The displays of equipment used to create the historic coins are fascinating, especially machines and techniques developed by Leonard de... More 

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La Paz, Bolivia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

This place was my favorite part of Potosi. I really enjoyed the tour and seeing all the exhibitions of the museum. This was great to learn more about Bolivia and it's history. This is a place you must visit while visiting Potosi.

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