What you'll do
Hidden in the heart of Mexico City you will discover the great museum-factory where the coin of Mexico was coined for almost a century and a half. The museum recently opened its doors to the general public and is still little known by locals. The access has a very rigorous control because the place protects an invaluable exhibition of coins made with precious metals. Be sure to use your sneakers to submerge for an hour and a half in a unique space that maintains its industrial character by showing in an original way all the machines involved in the process from the casting of the metal until the minting of the coin. Let yourself be trapped by the great walls of the foundry area, faithful witnesses of the high temperatures that drew their mark for more than 140 years and walk through the different areas that have great architectural value.
As a child I was always seduced by the designs and the shining finishes of the coins, which led me to have my own collection that I treasured and kept in a strongbox, unfortunately it was stolen when I was in high school. My liking for coins did not return until I developed as a reporter. For more than three years I dedicated my writing to the section of Mexico City, an activity that led me to discover the National Numismatic Museum and my love for the minting of coins returned. Today I have a recognition by the museum about its history and coinage. I am also developing a literary project about the life of the workers of the mint.
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Where you'll be
Would you like to get the forgiveness of your sins in advance? I will take you to know the altar of the Virgin of Guadalupe that gave 80 pardons to the workers of the Mint. If the museum administration allows it, with an elongated tool called hook we can manipulate a piece of metal that resulted from the foundry, to be transported to a container that used to have water, to understand and recreate part of the first stage of the process minting of the coin. If availability allows a technician can show us as part of the second stage the process of the metal before having the round shape of the coin. With the authorization of the place, in the area of coinage we will be able to allow a selected one to get involved in the engraving of the contour of a coin. And finally with the support and direction of a specialist we can see how a machine prints on both sides of the metal the image that gives the final touch of the process. Note! It is important to clarify that the place is a museum, so everything in its interior belongs to a great cultural heritage that the museum protects, so that the above-mentioned activities may not always be available.
Keep these in mind
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Up to 10 guests aged 15 and up can attend.
You’ll need to take a picture of yourself that matches the photo on your ID. This is so Airbnb can confirm who’s actually going on the experience. You’ll only have to do this once.
The museum is surrounded by a wholesale and retail trade area so there will be several places to eat. At the moment I could drive you to the nearest one if you request it.
Discover how coins are made.