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The Old U.S. Mint

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Address: 400 Esplanade Ave, New Orleans, LA 70116-2015
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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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Go for the exhibit they have for Louis Armstrong

This was an active mint in it's time. The first floor gives a good display and story of that time. The top floor has a great exhibit on Louis Armstrong worth seeing. Another... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Scottsdale, Arizona
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This was an active mint in it's time. The first floor gives a good display and story of that time. The top floor has a great exhibit on Louis Armstrong worth seeing. Another room has musical instruments from many artists instrumental in the history of New Orleans. There is a traveling exhibit in another room, a photograph display this visit.... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The National Park Service offers free one hour jazz concerts. They are in the US Mint due to construction of their other site. The concert was great! The NPS rangers are in the band and the special guest when we visited was a jazz clarinet player. I really enjoyed it and it was nice to experience some jazz for free... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I wanted to visit to see the Jazz exhibits but found out that they have a free concert on Tuesday afternoons. What a treat. The music was so enjoyable. The second floor had an exhibit on Louis Armstrong and other local musicians and the first floor has equipment and displays from its minting operations.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Really enjoyed the visit. Lots to see of interest, very helpful staff. Worthy of note that the earliest coins depicted show the influence of Britannia on the reverse, which reflects the original British colonisation. It is free to gain entry, the shop has some well priced goods, the displays are informative and well placed. Highly recommended.

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Queen Creek, Arizona
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We really enjoyed our visit to the old US Mint. My kids are coin collectors so they were excited to see all of the old Mint artifacts. The downstairs floor is the only area with exhibits related to the old Mint. It was very neat to stand on the same building and see the old equipment and imagine what it... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

After looking in the French Market, we saw the old US Mint. It was built in 1835. The mint served as both as a United States and a Confederate Mint - but not at the same time. With the later establishment on mints in Denver and San Francisco, the need for this mint waned. It was closed during the early... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

At this very moment, there is no real jazz museum in the birthplace of this musical genre... but you can go for a small exhibition, mainly focusing on the life of Louis Armstrong in this beautiful building and get some usefull general information. And there are other exhibitions as a permanent concerning the Mint and this time a beautiful photo... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This definitely isn't as exciting as an active Mint. There are 3 levels but only level 1 seems mint related. The other 2 levels are 2 other things (art then something else, honestly can't remember). The second level art was more entertaining than the coins, etc... even though the paintings looked very elementary. You could skip this and not miss... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The free exhibit was small but nicely presented- might be somewhat boring for kids. Upstairs is a great exhibit on Louie Armstrong which I enjoyed. There was a free hour of jazz by park rangers during which they took questions. Very pleasant. Get there early to get a seat as the auditorium fills up quickly. Nice way to spend two... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We found the museum interesting, by the front desk they post the days and times you can hear live entertainment.

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