Museo de la Casa de la Moneda

A silver Spanish coin © Jerry
A silver Spanish coin © Jerry "Woody"

The Casa de la Moneda was the Royal Mint House used by the colonial Spanish to turn the silver from the mines into coins to be shipped back to Spain. This is one of Bolivia's best museums, explaining the history of silver production and its influence. Inside are restored presses and wooden minting machines, coins and coin stamps. It also has rooms containing religious art, many by indigenous Andeans, the country's first locomotive and Tiahuanaco artefacts. The subject matter may sound dull, and this is indeed an attraction for those interested in history and culture, but the collection is well presented in a wonderful old building.

Address: Calle Ayacucho

Website: www.casanacionaldemoneda.org.bo