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“Exceeded my expectations - enjoyed learning about our currency”
Review of United States Mint

United States Mint
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Ranked #50 of 468 things to do 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.
Reviewed 9 June 2014

I stopped in to the Mint on a free morning just for fun. I am interested in how our money is made and maintained, and if you are too, you will not be disappointed. The tour is self-paced and took me a little more than an hour to see everything. The first half of the tour displays American coins from different time periods and shows how money was transported throughout the nation. I was impressed with the display about gold bars and other currency being transported to safe storage in Fort Knox! The second half of the tour was equally interesting - guests are able to observe the actual mint operations in progress from a deck above the factory. It was very cool to see thousands of coins (pennies were being made on the day I visited) being moved between different machines. I would recommend touring the mint to visitors of ages 5 and up.

Thank SMLove226
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Reviewed 7 June 2014

Worth a visit if you have a free hour or two, as it is free to go inside. There is an exhibition area to look around on the ground floor, then you go upstairs for more interactive displays talking about the processes involved in making coins & medals for the US. There are great views over the factory, where you see blank coins being transported along conveyor belts to be stamped & the different machinery involved. I found it informative & incredibly interesting. The only downside is you are not allowed to take photos inside.

Thank lrnnnn
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Reviewed 5 June 2014

Entry is free!

The US Mint only discusses the coins and not our paper money.

I traveled to the US Mint via public transportation (El Train get off at 5th street), so I can't help with any parking concerns.

All adults will need Photo ID and bags and all metal objects go through security scanner just like at the airport.

You are not allowed to take photos inside the building.

The building has three floors.

First floor has the gift shop and restrooms.

The building has elevators and escalators.

The second floor has the 6 min show that explains brief history of the US Mint and our currency. The show starts every ten minutes, The show is standing room only in a small area. The show is titled "An Act of Sovereignty" The Creation of the America's Money.
Final show is at 4:15 PM

Third floor has the factory and exhibits that explain the process of how we make our currency today. The third floor is a long corridor that you walk down to view the resources used to make the coins. You make your way back on the other side of the corridor where you will view the factory floor. This is the best part! Not too much going on below on the floor, but it was still interesting to see how we're able to make a million coins in 30 minutes.

Water fountain and a water bottle refill is located on the third floor factory side.

$5 photo booth located in the gift shop. You can share the photo online immediately after taking picture.

1  Thank CameronAvant
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Reviewed 5 June 2014

We were in Philly last week and planned to see the Mint at my daughter's request. There was a long line but it went quickly. Not much to see really. The machines weren't really running in the factory. There were many school groups and the kids were a bit on the loud side and kind of running around. Once you go upstairs it is quiet and there are big windows for you to look thru on the factory floors. We saw lots of pennies but not much else going on, not many employees at work. Worth the trip to see if you have time. You can purchase sets in the gift shop which is nice.

Thank WVClairenmaddy
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Reviewed 2 June 2014

A short but decent visit if you have the time. They tours are self-guided only. You do get to read about money/coins getting made and see some of the machines in action from up high but you really only get to read about them. There is no audio tour or anything like that. And being a Federal building they have very tight security procedures including a metal detector where they won’t even let you through with a small pocket knife which I didn’t know about. But the guards were very helpful in helping me find a place to “hide” it outside while I toured the building. If you have some extra time stop by, if you’re pressed for time there are other things that are more worthwhile.

1  Thank PatrickP873
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