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Casa Nacional de la Moneda

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Address: Calle Ayacucho (between Quijarro and Bustillos), Potosi, Bolivia
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+591 2 6222777

At one time a mint that converted mined silver into coins, this...

At one time a mint that converted mined silver into coins, this comprehensive museum houses 20 galleries that cover everything in Potosi’s history, from Bolivian weapons to archaeology and, of course, the minting process.

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Nice visit but quickly done

The building is impressive, beautiful and really well renovated. The objects, machines and paintings are in perfect state. The visit is very interesting (colonial history of the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Olivier L
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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We decided to go ahead with the tour despite only knowing basic Spanish; there were no English tours on the day apparently, and we had limited time in Potosi. Obviously not complaining that the tour is in the host language, but just so others are aware that the tour is predominantly verbal- the displays themselves are a little underwhelming without... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The building is impressive, beautiful and really well renovated. The objects, machines and paintings are in perfect state. The visit is very interesting (colonial history of the city, mining history, technical information about silver work and coin making, ...) but the group was huge (30 people and lots of children) so the guided tour was expeditive and we had the... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I came to Potosi to do the mine tour and the mint tour. Was very disappointed to find out after waiting for an hour that they only do English tours if there is group of 5 or bigger. They only charged 10 Bolivios instead of 40 because it was in Spanish but I would rather pay more and have an... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016

You can only visit this place with a tour guide. Our guide spoke English, but not very well. We all had a hard time understanding him. Second: we started the tour at the end.. so we first saw the coins (very nice!) and then we saw the proces of how they were made, backwards.. The paintings, the building itself, the... More 

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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016

Very good museum, it was a pitty that the guide seemed in a rush (indeed, there are many people, many groups, different languages..), and sometimes the explanations were a bit shallow. Otherwise, very good.

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Krakow, Poland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016

Very very interesting place. You can find out a lot about history of Potosi. Price was 40b. The guide was English speaking. The place itself is very interesting, however the guide was rushing people too much. We didn't have enough time to see everything we wanted. There is a great collection of paintings in the museum but not enough time... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016 via mobile

Impressed with its organization, tour guide , wealth of information and preservation of tools/ minerals , as well as its extensive collection. Absolutely a must if in Potosí. !!

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

This is one of best musuem tours i've had. The history of Potosi is so rich, if you visit this museum, do take the tour!! You will get 400 years of history in 1,5 hour tour. The machines that are preserved are incredible. Only thing what i had to get used to was the Oxford kind of English of the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2016 via mobile

Got the tour with an English guide: 40b. Not cheap but thats Potosi. Buildings are in great shape and hundreds of years old. Very nice painting collection. The coin stamping machine is unique due to its almost inspicable state. Guide was good but not great.

Thank Filip C
Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016

This museum is one of the reasons why tourists visit Potosí. The building that the museum occupies is the second mint in the city, after the first was deemed too small. It served as the national mint from the Conquest, through the independence of Bolivia, until it was no longer economical to run as a mint. The museum houses some... More 

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