The Old U.S. Mint, New Orleans
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The Old U.S. Mint includes both its history as a mint and also an exhibit on jazz. Though neither exhibit is large or requires much time to tour, both share interesting history. The jazz exhibit inclu... read more »
This stop was a nice surprise. Self guided tour through an old us mint. Exhibits are simple, few coins and several Examples of equipment used to mint the coins. We especially liked the jazz exhibit wh... read more »
One of the market traders suggested that we go to the Old Mint as my husband was 'melting'. She advised that it has good air conditioning, clean restrooms and there is a jazz museum too if you are int... read more »
The Old U.S. Mint has wonderful exhibits, especially for not charging admission. The grounds well kept up, and the staff were helpful in describing the exhibits on each floor. The free jazz concert, Alex Bosworth, was superb and provided a nice indoor activity to cool off during the New Orleans afternoon heat!
Ground floor has a historical museum about the US Mint. Second floor has rotating exhibits (June 2016 - Louis Armstrong and an exhibit about self-taught artists). Third floor has a theater/hall space for performances. Part of it is owned by the National Park Service although there's no passport cancellation stamp.
Museum is very nice, nice exhibits and the 3rd floor performance room is very phenomenal. However, the staff are some of the worst people I've ever encountered in my career. Angelena Jones is one of the most disorganized and confused individuals I've ever encountered. We inquired about having an artist performed for their Music at the Mint Music Series and she wanted to charge $2,000. I asked her to explain why she was charging $2,000 to book this venue when other artist were never charged that and they received a percentage of the ticket sales. She never could explain to us why nor did she ever provide us with anything in writing. I would imagine a company or organization having something in writing when it comes to booking a venue such as this. After several request to find out why were being charged $2,000 and what all that entails she sent an email saying "We are not interested in working with you", yet you just tried to charge me $2,000 to book the music room which you normally have set up to receive a split at the door and a split of the online ticket sales. She became very problematic to deal with and very disrespectful because we know better. We are connected to many music artist in the city of New Orleans who have all indicated their disinterest in working with Angelena and performing at the Mint because of how they conduct business and do not support this venue like they should. The state of Louisiana spent over $2 million dollars in taxpayers dollars to design and develop this venue and to watch is suffer at the hands of Angelena Jones is horrible and very disrespectful. I've indicated her refusal to work with us doesn't hurt us but rather she's hurting the Louisiana Museum Foundation and the Music at the Mint venue. She has failed the city of New Orleans, its music and arts community and most importantly the heritage and culture of New Orleans. You have a city full of world renowned artist and musicians where the majority are not interested in ever performing at the Mint because they have either been taken advantage of or refuse to have to deal with Angelena Jones. I've reported her disrespectful manners and emails she's sent to me to the Executive Director Susan Maclay who has not returned one phone call or email. So it is apparent the individuals they have over this venue will continue to allow it suffer and knowing that they have wasted taxpayers dollars is the ultimate disrespect. I've contacted the Lt. Governor's Office the department that oversees the museums in New Orleans. I'll see what the outcome will be.
Pretty cool seeing the old coins, but I loved the Louis Armstrong exhibit. The free jazz concert was amazing too!
Lots of history and artifacts from New Orleans music. There is a fantastic performing area where you can enjoy local musical performances most days.
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