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The Old U.S. Mint

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Address: 400 Esplanade Ave, New Orleans, LA 70116-2015
Phone Number: +1 504-568-6993
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The Old U.S. Mint is the only mint that produced American and Confederate...

The Old U.S. Mint is the only mint that produced American and Confederate coinage. The mint was built in 1835 and ceased in 1909. The Old U.S. Mint is currently the location of the Louisiana Historical Center, The New Orleans Jazz Club Collections of the Louisiana State Museum, and the new performing arts center. Visit to explore the history of minting, jazz, and free music performances!

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RIGHT ACROSS FROM MY HOTEL

They offer many free concerts .. looks amazing did not have enough time to visit but we will for sure next time in NOLA

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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The Woodlands, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This free museum has interesting exhibits from the old coin minting process. Also nice collections of photographs and art. But the highlight for me was the free afternoon (2-3 pm most days) jazz concert on the 3rd floor. Great music and learn some history of jazz in NOLA..

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Stopped into the Old Mint on my last day in New Orleans. Entry is free and there is a decent amount of historical artifacts around minting and the civil war. There is also some jazz history (which admittedly I wasn't really into). This would be a good spot for someone who like antiques or old coins. Otherwise it's a good... More 

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Miami, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

They offer many free concerts .. looks amazing did not have enough time to visit but we will for sure next time in NOLA

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marietta ga.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Don't go here expecting a lot from the Mint exhibit. It's not great. Go here for the free music. Yes, I know, there's free music everywhere in NOLA. But here they also interact with the audience. They tell you history, and you can ask questions. We heard The Down On Your Luck Orchestra play different styles of jazz and blues,... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We walked through the French Quarter and came to the end where we found this place. Read a little about the history and what went on here. After we were able to walk though the French Open Market area where wifee got to eat a snack turnover.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Free to visit, worth the time. The JAZZ exhibit on the 2nd floor was excellent, lots of the great instruments and a TV interview with Louis Armstrong that will make you think.

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Surfside Beach, South Carolina, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Nice free attraction found at the end of The French Market. 3 Floors of history of the mint and musicians. Missed the 2pm free concert on the 3rd floor. Everyone who visits the Market should stop in and see the Old U.S. Mint!

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Highlight was the clean toilets and air conditioning. The US mint museum on the ground floor is ok, but so much more could be made of the history of this building. Upstairs is a jazz museum which was very interesting

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I was fascinated to learn about the history of New Orleans and its role in the Civil War through the history of the mint itself. I recommend that you find the Liberty Half Dollar that was coined there in 1861. It could have been minted by the Confederate, Louisiana or Union governments. Upstairs I enjoyed the life story of Louis... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

This was a hidden gem! It's not very big and won't take a lot of time to check out, but you do see some fascinating stuff from Louie Armstrong's trumpets to Fats Domino's piano plus lots of stuff on coins too. Worth checking out, but I'd say you could easily check the place out in an hour or two.

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