The Monnaie de Paris was first established at the Palais de la
Cité but was relocated to the right bank in the Marais area, and then on the Rue de la
Monnaie, but eventually under King Louis XV, the Mint was transferred to the Left Bank of
the River Seine to its current site in Paris.
It is located in a beautiful Paris monument that was
re-done in the18th century and was the former Hotel de Conti or Palais Conti and has the
largest facade on the River Seine.
As well as a tour of the museum itself with how the mint has developed through the ages,
you can also have a guided tour of the Monnaie workshops where you can see the craftsmen
and engravers creating medals. But you can also have what is called an architectural
tour of the Palais Conti, and this includes a unique visit of the reception halls and
other aspects of this impressive building.
The museum itself was a cost of 5 when we last checked in 2008 yet it was free for
children under the age of sixteen, but the workshop and architectural tours are an
additional cost and these guided tours are only available at specific times and on
specific days, also only by prior appointment.
And even though there is the history of the French money, ancient coins, etc, displayed in
the Musee de la Monnaie, there are also displays of coins from around the world along with
lots of different historical machines and devices for producing currency.
But if you are a student or researcher then this museum in
Paris has absolutely incredible archives and a library with a wealth of resources that
includes more than 24,000 printed documents and over 98,000 publications, which are
available to view by prior appointment.
There are also events held for children from creating their own medal, to parties and
discovery tours into the history and the world of money and making money! Yet,
again, these do have to be booked in advance.
The museum itself is open on a Tuesday to Friday from 11am through to 5.30pm and at a
weekend it is open from noon until 5.30pm, however, it is closed on a Monday.
The boutique is actually open on a Monday to Friday from 10am through to 6.15pm, but is
closed on a Saturday and Sunday.
The Musee de la Monnaie holds a remarkable collection of coins and medals that shows the history of France right through from before the Renaissance
period even up to the present day Euro, but not only does it have exhibitions, but also
conducts private sales and sales for collectors of coins and medals from around the world.
Address & Contact Details:
Musée de la Monnaie
11 Quai de Conti
Telephone: 1 40 46 55 33