Discover the Paris Mint
Published on , in Paris
As well as the essential Parisian attractions like the Eiffel Tower, the Champs-Elysées and the Louvre, your Hotel Le Six Paris likes to help you discover less busy but equally fascinating places. Today, we invite you to meet one of our prestigious neighbours; the Monnaie de Paris (Paris Mint).
The Paris Mint; over a thousand years of history
The oldest French institution and the oldest continuously operating national mint in the world, the Monnaie de Paris has been manufacturing coins, medals and other items since 864! It has survived regime changes, wars, financial crises and revolutions to become what it is today; a state-of-the-art institution that many countries rely on to produce their national currency. On the famous Quai de Conti you can visit the superb Neoclassical-style premises commissioned by Louis XV and completed in 1775. The Monnaie de Paris invites you on a journey through history and time within the walls of a building noted for its architectural splendour.
Permanent and temporary exhibitions at the Paris Mint
The Monnaie de Paris has various areas accessible to the public. The Musée du 11 Conti traces the history of the institution and displays its heritage collections, workshops and secrets. This immersive permanent exhibition offers a remarkable insight into a world that is fascinating yet little-known. The superb Quai de Conti premises also play host to many temporary exhibitions including, among other things, displays of contemporary art. Until February 9th, you will be able to admire the works of the German/American artist Kiki Smith, in her first large-scale monographic exhibition in France.
The Paris Mint offers an intriguing experience for everyone. If you have an interest in history, economics, manufacturing, numismatics and art, don’t miss this exploration of a subject that is simultaneously everyday and esoteric.
Le Six Paris, 4-star Hotel & Spa in the heart of 6th arrondissement