Be a Tourist in Your Own Town – U.S. Mint

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We’re in the doldrums of winter, where you may be fantasizing about the big adventures you’ll plan once the weather turns warm again! From the beach to the mountains, getting some time away from home is a great way to recharge your batteries and enjoy the sights and sounds of parts unknown. But until spring travel time rolls around, why not be a tourist right at home? The area around your Edgewater apartment is a magnet for tourists—so before you pack your bags to check out what other locales have to offer, now’s a great opportunity to stay put and see what all the fuss is about in your very own town!

One of the most interesting spots you may not have considered visiting is the U.S. Mint, just 1.5 miles from your Edgewater apartment. The facility produces a wide range of American coins and commemorative medals—you may not be able to get your hands on the dough but you can certainly take a tour of the Mint to get an eye-opening perspective on how your money is made!

The Mint has several production sites around the nation, but Philadelphia’s is its very first, in operation since the late 1700s. On a tour, visitors are able to get a first-hand look at the very first coining press that dates to 1792, as well as see an array of other artifacts that walk them through the history of the nation’s coins and money system. The facility is still churning out coins today, and visitors are able to overlook the production area from 40-feet above to get a bird’s eye view of the whole process. The venue is also home to intricately created works of art, including glass mosaics made by the famed Tiffany’s, and even oddities like a stuffed bald eagle that famously called the Mint home in its earliest days. No trip is complete without a stop at the gift shop, where you can grab coin-collecting books, coin sets, souvenirs and much more.

All tours are free and self-guided and take approximately 45 minutes.

Before you start daydreaming about your future travel plans, check out what’s right in the backyard of your Edgewater apartment!


U.S. Mint

151 N. Independence Mall East

Philadelphia, PA 19106