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Address: 88 5th St, Mint Plaza, San Francisco, CA 94103-1810
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This Greek Revival structure is a trooper of a building, having survived...

This Greek Revival structure is a trooper of a building, having survived the 1906 earthquake.

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Behind the scenes tour of a storied building. Steeped in history of the Gold Rush, the 1906 earthquake and fire, etc. The Granite Lady is being - gradually - turned into a top of... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 7 December 2014
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San Francisco, California
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Cupertino, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 February 2016

March 5 2016 from 11am until 5pm and March 6 from 11am until 4pm, the San Francisco Mayor's Office will be sponsoring the re-opening of The Old Mint for a free event called San Francisco History Days. This is a rare opportunity to tour this building that at one time held nearly one third of our nation's gold reserves. Better... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2016 via mobile

Interesting old building in a San Francisco / American landmark. But today the building is a wasted opportunity. Locals and tourists alike would love to go in and see this very important historical building, but it's not open to the public.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2015

The old Mint now stands empty, a sad reminder of how some of this cities historic landmarks can be ignored. This building saved SF after the quake of 1906, being the repository of all the bullion in town, and reports of SF being ruined were quelled by men working here at the time.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2014

This event happens annually the first week of December. It is a wonderful trip into the past with a Holiday flair and elegant food service. You can watch for it next year or go to the SF History Museum website and signup for their notices: http://www.sfhistory.org/events/holiday-tea-at-the-old-mint On Wednesday, December 3, we had afternoon tea (seatings are at noon and 3:00... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2014

Behind the scenes tour of a storied building. Steeped in history of the Gold Rush, the 1906 earthquake and fire, etc. The Granite Lady is being - gradually - turned into a top of the line museum and interpretive center. Docent-led tour is chock-full of interesting facts.

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Legnano, Italy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2014 via mobile

This is a must see sight for visitors to California. It is full of California and San Francisco history. A lot of information on American money and California Gold Rush circa 1849. Information on the 1906 Fire which destroyed most of San Francisco. A great place for the family. Well worth the trip.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2014

San Francisco is a major destination for conferences and a huge draw as a great location. Entertaining corporate clients in a unique , interesting yet econmical and practical venue can be a challenge. The Old Mint known as The Granite Lady is an historic facility with modren refurbishments. Spacious, open and ideal for extensive or minimal staging what ever the... More 

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California City, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 March 2013

The Old Mint has a history that few buildings in San Francisco can claim. It survived the 1906 earthquake. Tours of the old mint require a reservation and all visits are guided by a volunteer docent. The museum that used to be on the Mint’s main floor has been removed and there is a fund raising effort underway to accumulate... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2012

One of the things that I love about San Francisco is its buildings. This is another example of what makes the city so unique. Its sad to hear that our nation's coins are no longer minted here, but I guess thats progress, or so we hope.

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