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“A hint of the Mint”
Review of United States Mint

United States Mint
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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.
Reviewed July 28, 2009

I visited the U.S. Mint in Philly on Saturday, July 25, 2009 and found it to be less than I expected but not a waste of time. There was very little hassle getting in as long as you remember to leave your cameras and cell phones in the car or leave them outside with someone in your party. If you have nothing on the list of banned things (cameras, cell phones, knives, guns, explosives) you walk right in past the door guard and through the metal detector. Once inside you go up two escalators to get to the self guided tour through the gallery overlooking the floor of the Mint. The exhibits in the tour are dated and could use some updating. Most of the televisions that are supposed to show videos explaining what you are looking at are broken, so you are somewhat on your own. The windows in the gallery give you a bird's eye view of the operations taking place on the floor of the Mint. One thing to note: if you go on the weekend, do not expect to see anything happening. This is a US Government facility, most of the Mint's employees do not work on weekends. There was not a single person on the Mint floor and none of the machines were producing coins. If you want to see the Mint in action, go during the week. My sons and I are coin collectors, so it was interesting for us even though there was little happening.

Once you walk through the gallery and are finished the tour, you go down another escalator to the main lobby where you entered. There is a gift shop which is fairly nice but expensive. The gift shop does offer some numismatic products such as the current year's proof and mint sets and some specialty sets. I purchased a set of 2009 silver proof quarters while there. I was somewhat disappointed by the limited numismatic offerings in the gift shop.

Overall, most will find it mildly interesting, more so if you visit during the week while something is happening. If you are a coin nut, like me, you will find it very interesting. Kids who are not into coins will likely find it a bit boring. It is, however, worth a visit if you are in Philly.

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Reviewed September 2, 2008

I cant see why anyone would go here. I though it was a total waste of time. They give you a hassle going in, there's no direction once inside and you cant see anything. I think there are so many things to see in Philly. Make the Mint the last thing you do if you want to see some coins on the wall.

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Reviewed August 7, 2008

The Mint is interesting & worth seeing at least once, if you can.
They do not permit cameras or cell phones & you do have to go thru security, although we thought it would be way more rigourous than it was after reading some of the other reviews. There is no where to keep you things (no lockers, etc) so the best thing to do if you can is use the buddy system - give your bags to some people in your group & go in, then come out & sit with their bags while they go in. There wasn't a whole lot of coin production going on while we were there, but it was still interesting. And it's cool inside & there's restrooms & a nice gift shop. Also, Benjamin Franklin is buried right across the street - that's definitely worth seeing!

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Reviewed July 24, 2008

The U.S. Mint in Philadelphia is definitely worth seeing - free, interesting and very near Independence Historical Park. We enjoyed seeing the huge facility and the high level of automation involved. It is well set-up for tourists with interesting displays. You walk along a third floor enclosed corridor with view windows down into the manufacturing area.

Do come prepared as you cannot take in cameras or cell phones that can take pictures. There are no lockers to put them in - they REALLY need to provide those. We were staying at a nearby hotel - The Best Western Independence Park - so we left everything there, then went back to the hotel to pick them back up. Other groups looked like they went in in shifts with someone staying outside holding cameras and phones. At this writing we did not need to make arrangements through our Congressman. We just showed up and went through security.

Please notice the absolutely gorgeous Tiffany mosaics in the entry area. There is not enough fuss made about those and we almost missed noticing them. They are wonderful.

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Reviewed June 25, 2008

I didn't actually get to visit the Mint because I forgot to check the TripAdvisor reviews beforehand. Here are the things I learned.

1)Leave your cameras and cameraphones in your car because you will not be allowed in with them. And since they haven't thought of a simple solution like installing coin lockers, they've left the visitors to figure out how to deal with the problem.

2)The posted hours are 9am-3pm, but they actually stop letting people in at 2:45pm (or even slightly earlier)

3)Adults need to have Photo ID

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