Casa Nacional de la Moneda, Potosi

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An important historical site that offers a fascinating introduction into the country's economic development, Casa Nacional de la Moneda opened in 1574 and quickly became synonymous with Spanish colonial wealth. Tour the museum to learn about the area's mining and minting history, the short and brutal lives of the miners, and the luxury and lavishness enjoyed by financiers, prospectors, and other members of the colonial upper class. Arrange your visit to Casa Nacional de la Moneda and discover more family-friendly attractions in Potosi using our Potosi trip itinerary planning tool .
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  • It's a shame that you can only visit the museum with a guide provided by the museum. There were a number of interesting items on display with informative write ups but we felt that we weren't given ad...  more »
  • All visits are guided. Amazing paintings of virgins or representations of our Lady made by indigenous people in sec 17 and 18. With influences of the mistica of Pachamama in these images. In fact it is more structured and known Museum of Potosí.
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  • How collector of coins that I am, I must say that I really enjoyed being in this important Museum. The guide will explain you the history of the coins the valuable materials that are obtained by the richness of the cerro Rico de Potosi. The great work performed for coining are. And precious stones from different regions of Bolivia, one of the most striking things is that you can print your own money! Beautiful place where you can learn about the past, the history of the coins and the hard work for the people of that time, you can see important painting and objects from stone and gold is very near from Central square almost to block, you must visit!
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  • Excellent attraction in Potosi. The museum guides have great knowledge. They try to give as much information as possible about Bolivia Mint and its importance in Bolivia's history to the visitors. Downsides: If you want to take photos or record any videos with your camera, be prepared to buy another ticket just to take photos or record inside the rooms of the museum. Also, it was SO frustrating the amount of time they made us wait to start the guided visit... around 40 minutes. The reason, the personnel said, was that there weren't enough guides available at that moment.
  • I'd give the place itself 4 stars but the English tour a 2 stars, so average a 3. Tour was rushed (tour guide didn't wait for all visitors to catch up before she started speaking) and only half the advertised time. Apparently the Spanish tour is better.
  • Enjoyable experience. The museum is well laid out and set in a colonial atmosphere. Suitable for adults and kids. Makes it more fun if you go with a guide
  • It is a must place to visit in Potosi if you want to understand the history of Potosi and the Cerro Rico. The ticket includes a guide tour and the explanation are enough to understand why Potosi was an important place for the Spanish empire.
  • Incredibly interesting, the tours are well explained and they not only say about the history of the coins and currency, etc, but say about the history of the city of Potosí, as well as some religious facts that are really interesting. If you are going to visit Potosí, this is a must.

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Where to stay in Potosi

Because of protection from overdevelopment by UNESCO, you won't find many high-rise, newly built hotels within Potosi's city limits. Instead, visitors can choose from a good selection of colonial-era buildings housing charming hotels and welcoming guesthouses. Generally speaking, look to the south end of the center for more budget-friendly options, with little guesthouses located on residential side streets. By contrast, the more spacious area surrounding the train station has the majority of the grander hotels, set on impressive boulevards and overlooking central plazas.
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