The Old U.S. Mint

400 Esplanade Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70116- Map It
Phone: (504) 568-6968

AAA Editor Notes

The Old U.S. Mint is at 400 Esplanade Ave. The 1835 structure was a federal mint 1838-61 and was the Confederacy's only mint for a few months in 1861. It continued as a U.S. mint until 1909. The site was renovated in the 1850s and blends Classical Revival and Victorian styles. Now a Louisiana State Museum site, the mint houses the Louisiana Historical Center as well as the New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Old U.S. Mint, where exhibits describe the history of jazz and the lives of such artists as Louis Armstrong. The mint also is part of the New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park. A NPS ranger contact center is on-site, and both free and ticketed performances are offered in a live music hall on the third floor.
Exhibits, visitor information and historical center archives free. Fees for Music at the Mint performances vary.
Station: French Market
Hours: Open Tues.-Sun. 10-4:30. NPS ranger contact center Tues.-Thurs. 10-4:30, Fri.-Sat. 10-4. Historical center Tues.-Fri. 10-noon and 1-4, other times by appointment. Music at the Mint performance times vary; phone ahead. Closed Mardi Gras Day and state and federal holidays.