320 W. Colfax Avenue
Denver, CO 80204
U.S. Mint Description
One of six United States Mint facilities, and the only one besides Philadelphia that offers tours, the Denver Mint makes only coins, and lots of 'em. Touring the Mint is brief but packs in a great deal of history, plus a view of the coin-making process. Tighter security in recent years means there's a less intimate feel to the tour, but it's quick, and best done as part of a day spent downtown.
Toddlers & Pre-K: This age group will love seeing the coin- making machines spitting coins out.
School-Age Kids: This is the perfect age for this tour, combining history, government, and one-of-a-kind machinery.
- Reservations are required. Either book your tour online (up to two months in advance) or at the U.S. Mint Visitor Center (open 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m.), located between 14th and Cherokee. Walk-up registration is allowed but only if space is available.
- Pack light. Really light. There's an exhaustive list of stuff you can't bring, found on the U.S. Mint Web site. Most of these prohibited items you could imagine. But there's also a lot you can't, like cameras, purses, cell phones, diaper bags, and strollers, and there are no storage options at the Mint.
- Latecomers not allowed. No excuses, no exceptions.
- Check for last-minute cancellations. Always call the day of the tour or check at the visitors' center to be sure your scheduled tour will run.
Just the Facts
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Closed Saturday and Sunday and all federal holidays.
Recommended Time: Less than 1 hour