Another pretty cool thing to do while visiting the Mile High City is taking a tour of a real U.S. Mint. Yup, you can do a tour of the Denver Mint when you’re in town.
Like the Hammond’s Candies factory tour, the Denver Mint tour is also free. You’re only looking at about maybe 45 minutes to an hour total for the tour, which isn’t long at all. Definitely a great way to kill some time in the afternoon or morning.
On this tour, you get to see how the mint makes the coins that we use in our day to day financial transactions all over the United States. And at the end of the tour, you have the chance to buy some unique memorabilia at the on-site gift shop. So, that is pretty cool as well.
The hours for this tour are a bit limited, so make sure that you take the time to work it into your schedule. They are only offered Monday through Thursday. And, no tours are offered on Federal holidays, so do be sure to check that before showing up.
You are required to have a reservation in order to take a tour and you can book that on the website for the Denver Mint. Or, give them a call at (303) 405-4761.
It is also worth noting that the hours that tours are offered are between 8 a.m.and 3:30 p.m. So, don’t try to put this off until later in the afternoon or you will miss it! However, the gift shop is open an hour later until 4:30 p.m.
Since this is a government facility, there are some pretty strict rules that you must adhere to before entering. Of course, you have to go through a metal detector for security screening. Additionally, you cannot enter with any type of bag larger than palm-sized that will fit into your pocket. That means no hand bags, no back packs, no diaper bags and no strollers. And while you can take in your cell phone, it is required to be off while in the building.
So, plan ahead to secure your larger bags and items so that you can make this cool tour and see how money is being made here in the United States. Definitely an educational tour for sure.