Old US Mint / Jazz Museum, New Orleans

Old US Mint / Jazz Museum, New Orleans (must see)

The Old US Mint is the only building in the United States that was used to manufacture money for the US and Confederate government. Architect William Strickland designed the Greek Revival building which opened in 1835.

During the Civil War, the mint was captured by Confederate troops and used to make their money. Once Federal troops arrived in New Orleans, the mint was returned to the US government and production of American currency resumed.

In 1966, the building became property of the state of Louisiana and was opened to the public as part of the Louisiana State Museum. Today, the museum holds several exhibits such as the Jazz Exhibit, the Newcombe Pottery and Crafts Exhibit, and the Mississippi and the Making of a Nation Exhibit. In addition, the first floor of the museum has a series of displays that honor the building's monetary beginnings.

The Jazz Exhibit tells the story of Jazz from its inception until modern times. Visitors will be able to view the instruments, sheet music, and other memorabilia of many artists. The Newcomb Pottery and Crafts Exhibit presents the pottery, paintings, metalwork, and book bindings of students from the H. Sophie Newcomb College at Tulane University. The Mississippi and the Making of a Nation Exhibit features displays based on the National Geographic book of the same name.

The Louisiana Historical Museum, which is also a part of the building, is open to researchers Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday 10 am 12 pm and 1 pm to 4 pm. The Old US Mint is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 am to 4:30 pm. They are closed Monday and state holidays.

Why You Should Visit:
One of the rare things in the French Quarter that is suitable for children; also one of the few buildings not likely to be overwhelmed by tremendous crowds – if you need a break from the noise.
Displaying a small collection of coins, scales and coin presses, the 1st floor is a compelling way to view a tidbit of southern heritage.
2nd floor has a lot of very cool stuff from 'The Gift', New Orleans' favorite son, Louis Armstrong, and a separate room that celebrates women in Jazz.
The 3rd floor is an intimate performance space where you can attend free Jazz concerts with lots of audience interaction (2pm on Tuesdays!).

Opening Hours:
Tue-Sun: 10am-4:30pm
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Sight Name: Old US Mint / Jazz Museum
Sight Location: New Orleans, USA
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
Guide(s) containing this sight: Cultural Walking Tour in New Orleans  

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