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The United States Mint at Philadelphia
The United States Mint at Philadelphia
United States Mint
Tour Information
151 North Independence Mall East
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106-1886

Download our brochure "A Handbook to the Self-Guided Tour of the United States Mint"(PDF, 3.30MB)" as a guide for your tour.

PHILADELPHIA TOURS

Time of Year Tour Times
General Tour Hours Monday through Friday

9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Closed Federal Holidays except as noted below.
Summer Tour Hours
(Memorial Day through Labor Day)
Monday through Saturday

9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Memorial Day and Labor Day Weekends Saturday, Sunday and Monday

9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
July 4 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

For complete tour information, please call 215-408-0112, 24-hours a day.

SAFETY AND SECURITY

Adults will be asked to provide government-issued photo identification for security purposes.  If the Department of Homeland Security level is elevated to CODE ORANGE, the United States Mint at Philadelphia will be CLOSED to the public unless otherwise noted.  The United States Mint reserves the right to deny access to anyone at any time; in addition, members of the general public wishing to tour the facility may be subject to search by the United States Mint Police.

Photography, smoking, eating and drinking are prohibited.  Prohibited items include, but are not limited to, weapons and large packages.  All visitors are required to enter through a metal detector.

SPECIAL NEEDS

The United States Mint provides access for people with disabilities.  Please indicate any special needs upon arrival or in advance by calling (215) 408-0110.

GIFT SHOP

Located in the main lobby of the building, the gift shop has United States Mint Coin Sets, commemorative coins, numismatic collectables, books, games, and United States Mint souvenirs.

The telephone number for the gift shop is 215-408-0230.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • All tours are self-guided; no reservations are necessary.  Video/Audio stations throughout the tour.
  • View the actual coining operations from 40 feet above the factory floor.  Watch as large coils of copper and nickel are fed through large presses which punch out smooth discs called blanks.  The coils, when unraveled, are 5 football fields long!  Later, the blanks are poured into the coining presses and become shiny, new United States coins.
  • See the first coining press, used to strike our nation's first coins in 1792.  Coiners in colonial Philadelphia worked 11 hours each day, 6 days per week.  Employees earned about a dollar a day.
  • Coins were practically made by hand in colonial Philadelphia.  In fact, it took coiners at the First United States Mint three years to produce our nation's first 1 million coins.  Today, in Philadelphia, we can produce 1 million coins in 30 minutes!
  • See the Key to the First Mint, and the Mint Deed signed by President Andrew Jackson.  Note the chair and boot scraper from the First Mint and other exciting artifacts.
  • Marvel at the seven glass mosaics created by Tiffany of New York to celebrate the opening of the Third Mint building in 1901.  These five foot treasures highlight the coining processes in ancient Rome.
  • Meet Peter the Mint Eagle, a real Bald Eagle who made the First United States Mint his home.  Today's Mint artists still study Peter when working on new eagle designs.
  • See the actual gold medal presented to General Anthony Wayne for his capture of Stony Point during the Revolutionary War.

PARKING AND DIRECTIONS

The United States Mint does not provide parking.

The United States Mint is located at 151 Independence Mall East on 5th Street between Arch Street and Race Street.

From the South: Take I-95 North to Exit 22 for "Central Phila/I-676".  Follow signs for Phila/Independence Hall/Callowhill Streets. Keep right at the fork in the ramp.  Stay straight on Callowhill Street and turn left onto 4th Street.  Take 4th Street to Arch Street and turn right.  Turn right at 5th Street.

From the North:  Take I-95 South to Exit 22 for "Central Phila/I-676".  Follow signs for Phila/Independence Hall/Callowhill Streets and make a right at the light at the bottom of the ramp.  Stay straight on Callowhill Street and turn left onto 4th Street.  Take 4th street to Arch Street and turn right.  Turn right onto 5th Street.

From the West:  Take I-76 (PA Turnpike) to Exit 326 for "Valley Forge".  Follow signs for Philadelphia I-76 East.  Remain on I-76 East for about 25 miles until you see signs for Exit 344 "Central Phila" and take 676 East to the 6th Street exit.  Make a left onto Market Street and proceed one block to 5th Street and take a left.

From the East:  Take the NJ Turnpike to Exit 4.  Take Rt. 73 North to Rt. 38 West to US 30 and continue on US 30 West over the Ben Franklin Bridge (Rt. 676), crossing into Philadelphia.  Stay in the left lane and go straight through the light following the sign for "8th Street South/Chinatown".  Take a left onto 8th Street, and proceed to Market Street.  Take a left onto Market Street and go three blocks.  Take a left onto 5th Street.

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

SEPTA (Southeast Pennsylvania Transportation Authority)—Subway, trolley, and bus service throughout the city and area.  The Market-Frankford subway line stops one block from the United States Mint at 5th and Market Streets.  Multiple bus routes run along Market Street as well. For more information, call (215) 580-7800 or visit www.septa.org.

PATCO (Port Authority Transit Corporation) Speedline—Travel into Center City Philadelphia.  The closest PATCO stop is at 8th and Market Streets.  For more information, call (856) 772-6900 or visit www.ridepatco.org.

AMTRAK—Service to Philadelphia's 30th Street Station at 30th and Market Streets.  For more information call 1-800-USA-RAIL or visit www.amtrak.com.

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