Rather than being appreciated for their fine craftsmanship or historical importance, coins and currency are usually thought of solely as something to be traded for a mattress. Get wise on money with today's Groupon: for $5, you get two admissions to the American Numismatic Association's Money Museum (a $10 value), located on the campus of Colorado College.
With a collection of more than 250,000 wealth-related objects, The ANA Money Museum educates currency-curious visitors on the history, art, and science of money. Catch the sparkle from silvery English coins from Oliver Cromwell's reign at the Coins, Crown, and Conflict exhibit. Or, watch golden change from 1795 to 1933 gleam in the Harry W. Bass Jr. Gallery, which also features a complete collection of $3 coins. Anyone who uses raw chunks of silver to brush his or her teeth will admire the die-cast craftsmanship and the image of the Goddess of Liberty cast on the museum's two U.S. 1804 dollars, of which there are only 15 known copies.
Within the Money Museum's brightly lit complex, metal and paper specimens are alluringly displayed so that museum browsers get up-close views and faint whiffs of purchases gone by. Expect to spend between one and three hours perusing the labyrinth of wealth and glory.
- Operated by the American Numismatic Association, this museum is the largest collection of its kind west of the Smithsonian Institution, consisting of four galleries of coins, tokens, medals, and paper money from around the world. – Frommer's
- The Money Museum is worth a visit, even if you are not a coin geek. The exhibits are top notch and have a lot of history and many people I know who are not numismatists still enjoy the visit. – astrorat, Collectors Universe
Downtown Colorado Springs
818 N Cascade Ave.
Colorado Springs, Colorado 80903Get Directions