Casa Nacional De La Moneda127 Votes
- Address: Ayacucho S/N, Villa Imperial de Potosí, Bolivia, Potosi
- Phone: +591-26222777
- Tags: Family And Kids, Heritage Building
The Casa Nacional De La Moneda or National Mint of Bolivia was a Currency House, now enlisted as a Heritage Site. The beautiful country building with a large center courtyard and arch gateways, the currency house dates back to 1753 to 1773 and during its journey, it has acted as a prison, Bolivian Army headquarters and also a fortress. The amusing Bacchus Mask on the façade and on the fountain in the center of the courtyard looks like the signature of Casa Nacional De La Moneda. Guided two-hour tour to the interior of the building with English, Spanish, and French-speaking guides will let you explore the mint history. The Potosi School paintings, large assemblies of wooden cogs and the last minted coins are notable artifacts here.
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Casa Nacional De La Moneda Reviews & Ratings
Maybe our expectations were a bit high as we read it was the best museum in South America. It was 20 minutes late opening and no one seemed to know where anyone was. While the exhibitions were impressive with lifesize recreations, we found the guide difficult to understand and the content lacking.
This is where you’ll get to know how the European industrial revolution was funded, as well as most of the mechanisms that comprise our current economic and political situation. Yes, Potosí and its precious mountain Cerro Rico is where it all started. For further reading I recommend “las venas abiertas de America Latina” by Eduardo Galeano.
Really interesting place with a great enthusiastic guide who spoke english (José I think). Lots to see, a great slice of Bolivian and Potosi history. 40 bolivianos pp for foreigners. A lot of the old engineering is still in place so it's much more interesting than a museum with just pictures.
Interesting exhibit about coin minting starting from the 17th to the 20th century. A bit pricey though for 40 Bs and you might need to wait up to 1 hr for the compulsory guided tour to start.
Fantastic tour here—one of the best in the country. The guides were funny and knowledgeable and offered real insights into the life and times of Potosi’s heyday, and the exhibits inside the Mint are maintained well so that visitors can understand the conditions of the workers and the historical progression of the minting over the centuries. Certainly a tour worth taking.