U.S. Mint
320 West Colfax Avenue
Denver, CO 80204
(303) 844-3582

U.S. Mint
5th and Arch Streets
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 597-7350

If you're planning a trip to Denver or Philadelphia, make sure to include a visit to the U.S. Mint. The Philadelphia location is the world's largest mint, and also houses an excellent rare coin and historic medal museum. The Denver location is substantial as well, producing over 5 billion coins each year.

This tour is fascinating for kids. They enjoy watching the entire process, from making the blanks to the presses, counting and bagging. My kids were particularly interested in the stamping machinery and the rhythmic "thonking" sound they make. Loud, but "cool". Of course, in my opinion, there's nothing like the sight of huge hoppers filled with nothing but tons of shimmering coins. Too bad they don't give out lots of samples here!

Be aware that these tours are extremely popular, especially in the summer months. Try to arrive early in the mornings during the summer to make sure you'll get in.

Open: Denver: Generally, Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 2:45 p.m., but times change periodically, especially during the summer months. Call for more information. Closed on government holidays and for two weeks in late June or early July.

Philadelphia: Generally, Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. During the summer months, Saturday or Sunday operations may be added. Call the Philadelphia number for more information and a recorded schedule.

Age Limits: None, but children under 14 must have an adult with them.

Cost: Free

Reservations: No reservations are accepted.

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