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“Interesting- get reservations at least 3 months in advance” 4 of 5 stars
Review of United States Mint, Denver

United States Mint, Denver
320 W Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80204-2693 (Downtown)
303 405 4761
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Ranked #36 of 107 Attractions in Denver
Type: Government Buildings, Tours, Factory Tours, Cultural
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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Owner description: The United States Mint offers free tours to the public Monday - Friday on the hour from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The Mint is closed weekends and all Federal Holidays. Reservations are required and can be made on the www.usmint.gov site. Tours are limited to 50 visitors and fill up fast. Group reservations must be made two weeks in advance by calling 303-405-4759 and are subject to availability. Walk-up tour reservations are available at the Mint Tour Reservation Booth on Cherokee St. The booth is open M-F from 7:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for reservations and stand-by tickets. Stand-by tockets are not a guarentee of admittance to the tour and ticket holders will be admitted on a space-available-basis. With the busy Spring/Summer season walk up reservations may not be available and stand-by tickets will be issued until they run out for the day. Security restrictions are high; a list of prohibited items is available on the Mint's website and on the tour reservation tickets. Plese read these guidlines before arriving for the tour. The Mint does not suppy any storage facilities. The gift shop on Cherokee is closed until further notice. A temporary gift store is set up in the Mint and can be acessed by the tour or through the Delaware Street entrance. Visitors wanting to enter on Delaware Street must check in with the Police Officer at the entrance window and will go through a security check before entering the gift store.
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“Interesting- get reservations at least 3 months in advance”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2013

If you want to see the Mint you must have a reservation...period, and plan several months in advance to get that reservation. Tours are given on the hour and last about 40 minutes. I suggest the first tour of the day at 8am. It is the tour we took and in doing so we had no trouble finding nearby parking on the street...just bring at least $2 in quarters for the meters. As stated on the reservation form security is extremely tight...no purses, cameras, cell phones must be turned off. NO photography is allowed inside, although our guard was ok with us taking a picture of our kids from outside exit door with the door still open. You will go through airport level security screenings prior to entering. Our tour guide was very nice and willing to answer any and all questions. Do plan on learning a lot about how coins are made, the history of the mint, and how the Denver mint fits into supplying the country with coins. DON'T expect to see much in how the coins are actually made...the tour is above the working floor and largely all you see are the machines and some coins zipping by. It was amazing to see (3) 27.5 pound 99% pure gold bars (behind glass and bars), though, and overall this is a place I recommend visiting at least once. The gift shop is a nice ending for the tour and a good place to purchase a memento or two.

Visited June 2013
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“Enjoyed our tour”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2013

My husband & I (in Michigan) were going to Denver to visit our son & family. I knew you needed reservations for a tour so before we left on our trip, I got on the website to reserve the times. The tour was very interesting and we enjoyed it very much. Parking was a problem though- we had to circle around several times to find a space. Also, it was a hot day and there's no shade which made it uncomfortable while waiting in line. If you're there on a hot day, I would recommend bringing an umbrella or a big hat. (I forgot to do my review last fall when we got home)

Visited September 2012
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Nashville, Tennessee
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“Plan Ahead but Worth the Trip”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2013

Reservations seem to be hard to come by for the summer months but I'm glad we had planned ahead this spring. The 45-minute tour got a two kids thumbs up from my 8 and 10 year olds. Check the info on the website - you must have a reservation print-out, no purses, backpacks - it's a secure government facility and they're for real with security but friendly in it's execution. The line 30 minutes prior to entry is on the sunny side of the street.

Street parking within a few blocks if you're lucky but lots of $6-8 surface lots to park all day if you're seeing other attractions in the area.

Just a gift shop on the premises, water for $2.50 but if you visit in the summer, walk down to Civic Center Park and grab lunch from one of the food trucks that park from 11-2 weekdays. Great eats and atmosphere.

Visited June 2013
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“Do they still give tours?”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2013

We knew we would be in Denver so tried to make reservations on line, but there were no open times for the days we were there. In fact, the calendar on their web site didn't show a single available time slot for a tour through the middle of August - the furthest out they go! Are they really that popular or have they cut back on the tours?

Visited June 2013
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“A 'must see' on any Denver visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2013

Getting to see the inside of a working U.S. Mint is not something you can do just anywhere. When in Denver, this is definitely one of the 'must see' attractions. BE SURE TO MAKE A RESERVATION PRIOR TO SHOWING UP AT THE MINT. (Make reservations on-line at www.usmint.gov). No reservation...no tour (drop-by, walk-ups are not accommodated.)
After an airport-type security screening (with the expected items forbidden), we looked as some interesting exhibits prior to beginning the actual tour. Total tour time was about 45 min. and allowed us to view the production floor where presses were actively making a variety of coins. There were also numerous exhibits and displays to accompany the short walk through the facility. The tour guides were knowledgeable and informative. After the tour, we visited the 'gift shop' where many of the special (collector-type) coin items were for sale. No, we didn't get any free samples but the tour was well worth our time.

Visited May 2013
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