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Old US Mint, New Orleans: 4 reviews and 4 photos

  Old U.S. Mint
by grandmaR

Hurricane Katrina Note:

The nine Louisiana State Museum properties received little water from flooding... Hardest hit was the Old U.S. Mint, which lost a large portion of its copper roof. As a result, water came into contact with office areas, and a very small percentage of the jazz collection (approximately 1%) was affected.

Museum staff has been working closely with State and Federal officials to stabilize buildings and protect the collections housed within them. Contractors engaged by FEMA have secured the Mint roof with tarp, and temporary repairs are underway. Documents retrieved from Mint offices were immediately freeze-dried at LSU?s Hill Memorial Library, and librarians report that the pieces are progressing well.


I found the appearance of the 1835 US Mint with the cut off trees a trifle off-putting, and we did not go to this museum. I took the picture from the bus. It is a National Historic Landmark (partly I guess because it is the only building in America to have served both as a U.S. and Confederate Mint) and The Louisiana State Museum.

The building was designed by William Strickland designed in the Greek Revival style. U.S. coins were minted from 1838 to 1861 when it was seized by the state after Louisiana seceded from the Union. Minting of U.S. coins resumed after the war until 1909. In 1966 the building was transferred to the state and in 1981 opened to the public as a State Museum site.

In addition to information about the mint and coins, there is also instruments, sheet music and memorabilia of New Orleans' Jazz, a display of Newcomb Pottery and other craft forms produced by Newcomb, including watercolor images, metalwork, and bookbinding and the Historical Center which is an archive of maps and documents which includes early French and Spanish colonial records.

Address: 400 Esplanade Ave.
othercontact: (504)568-8214 (archive)
Phone: (504) 568- 6968
Website: http://lsm.crt.state.la.us/mintex.htm

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Dec 3, 2005
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