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“See how money is made - Free tour!”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of United States Mint

United States Mint
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Philadelphia Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour
Ranked #7 of 75 Tours in Philadelphia
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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.
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“See how money is made - Free tour!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 2, 2014

Our kids loved this exhibit and the staff was super helpful explaining how the tour worked and where to pay the most attention. Obviously due to security, you can't get too close to the process but it was interesting to see. This is a high recommend.

Visited June 2014
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Richardson, Texas
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“If you like coins”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 2, 2014

There is a self guided FREE walk through tour with short sound bytes and plaques to read. You get to look down into the working factory and see the machines at work. It is a lot if walking, but I found it quite interesting!

Visited July 2014
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Franklin, New Jersey
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“Don't expect too much”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 30, 2014

The self-guided tour of the US Mint in Philly was a good experience. To get the most out of it, you really need to concentrate on all the displays and review all the videos at each window station. The factory floor is nice to look at but you are quite far away and can't see too much. The gift shop was a real disappointment: who needs a water bottle or hat with US Mint printed on it. I suppose I was expecting more but shouldn't have considering the government is running it.

A few tips: you need photo ID to get in. There are no photos permitted. They appear to let you in with a camera and warn you not to take pictures. They X-ray bags at the entrance. After that, there are no other employees other than at the gift shop. Lots of cameras everywhere though. Bathroom are at the very back of the gift shop and a long walk from the factory portion of the tour. I heard the machines are not running on Friday. The line forms outside and once inside, it is nice and air conditioned. There is a short film but we didn't stay to see it. Since it is free, why not go and check out how coins are made. Not a great children's attraction though and they don't give you a fresh quarter or penny in exchange for an old one (that would be a nice touch).

Visited June 2014
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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“Worth paying for although this is a FREE tour. Brilliant...”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 30, 2014

The US Mint in Philadelphia is a wonderful place to explore – its boast is that this is the largest coin factory in the world. There is a huge amount to see and an excellent shop with very interesting souvenirs. On this occasion I let my grandson do the walking as I’d been here before so I spent the time (being a Louis Comfort Tiffany fanatic) admiring the glass mosaics on the lobby walls. The free tours run from 0900 to 1630 although it is closed on Federal holidays. Ensure, if possible, that you download the .pdf of the ‘Philly Mint Tour” as we did and you’ll be well-prepared especially as taking photographs is restricted. A good, informative and free tour which takes you through all the processes of coin making. Well worth doing even if one had to pay for the experience.

Visited July 2013
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Quincy, Illinois, United States
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“Irritated”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 27, 2014 via mobile

Website and outdoor sign says it is open until 4:30pm. It is not. Last tour is at 4pm and you are not allowed in after. We got there at 4:02pm.

Visited June 2014
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