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“Go On A Work Day” 5 of 5 stars
Review of United States Mint

United States Mint
151 N. Independence Mall East, Philadelphia, PA 19106 (City Center East)
215-408-0114
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Ranked #52 of 262 Attractions in Philadelphia
Type: Government Buildings, Tours, Cultural
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: As close to the proverbial money-tree as you'll get. The U.S. Mint turns out 1.5 million coins per hour, and you can see how they do it.
Vienna, Virginia
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Go On A Work Day”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

Self guided tour takes about an hour. We really enjoyed learning how coins are made and how coins differ from medals. Agree with reviews that say it is much better to visit during working hours.

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Ann Arbor
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“No coins in production, static displays, sad gift shop.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

I am truly torn about this review. I came to the mint many years ago (mid 1970s) and vividly remember watching an active production line of coins of all denominations. Returning last week with my daughter I was disappointed to see idle machines (on a Wednesday afternoon) and forgettable displays (though my daughter did like the roll of metal used for the coins blanks). Considering the coin-inspired possibilities, the gift shop was a colossal let down: loads of cheap tchotchkes and doo-dads reminiscent of tourist-trap emporiums and Turnpike convenience stores. The few true coin related items ranged from the absurd $1800 solid platinum "dollar" to hum-drum proof sets (from the San Francisco mint!). Take a second tour of the Betsy Ross House or see the Cruiser Olympia (before it sinks) if you need to soak up extra time with the kids.

Visited August 2013
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Rochester
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41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
“Don't go to Philly without stopping here!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013

Spend an hour or less and watch how coins are minted. You will have a new appreciation for those metal discs jingling in your pocket! All you need is a photo ID. They allow bags, but you have to go through a metal detector at the entrance. You can bring your camera inside, too, but you can't use it. Still and video photography is prohibited. Irregardeless, it's a fascinating tour, one that you won't forget.

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Toronto
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210 helpful votes 210 helpful votes
“Not much to see if the plant is not running.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013

There are no formal tours here. All is self guided, with some written explanations. The whole thing only took about thirty minutes to see.

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Dallas, Texas
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51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
“Kids loved it!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2013

My boys, age 10&11, loved this place. We were disappointed that they were not working and would like to go back to see that. Still thought it was worth our time. And it is free!

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