Bureau of Engraving and Printing, Washington, District of Columbia
14th and C St SW, Washington, District of Columbia 20227| Map |
The Bureau of Engraving and Printing is a government agency within the United States Department of the Treasury that designs and produces a variety of security products for the United States government, most notable of which is paper currency for the Federal Reserve.
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Free tickets are required for all tours from the first Monday in March through the last Friday in August, on a first-come, first-served basis. The ticket booth is located on Raoul Wallenberg Place (formerly 15th Street).
Address: 14th and C St SW, Washington, District of Columbia 20227| Map
Hours: Mon-Fri 9 am - 2 pm. Closed on Federal Holidays and the week between Christmas and New Year's Day. More Info
Price: Free. Tickets required Mar-Aug. More Info
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- Visited: 2012-04-01
- Submitted: 2012-12-27 19:17:18.0
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Very informative and funFlag review
Good for families because only small groups allowed at a time. Educational and fun.
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Arrive at least 15 minutes before your scheduled tour.
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Overall a pretty neat experience worth going once. The tour takes about 45 minutes so its good for a quick visit in between other more time consuming engagements. I recommend doing the "Congressional tour". We had to contact our congressman's office three months in advance to book a white house tour, and along with that the office offered to book a few other things, including an 8:45 AM tour here at the bureau. It's a little early I guess but I recommend it because the group is smaller and more intimate, anyone who has questions can get them answered. So, you see how the money is printed, you learn about the anti-counterfeiting measures and the inflation and whatnot. There is a mild chemical money sme...
If you want to see how the money you spend is made, then come here for a free tour. We went in the off season so entry was easy although the tour filled up rather quickly. When you walk in you can see an exhibit of 10 dollar bills and if I remember correctly, it's a million dollars worth. So take a photo because that's the only one you'll be able to take since they dont' allow taking pics inside. The tour was especially interesting to me since I worked for 10 years in a print shop. The tour guide explains in great detail how each step is taken to end up with a green bill. He also said that each employee must have a thorough background check - ya think? When they f up and there is something wrong with...
Entry is FREE to come and look at the exhibits, and so is the tour. However, make sure to come by early in the morning if you want to get tickets. That's when they give them out. Lucky for us, we just happened to wander in without anything but some guy had 2 extra tickets -- exactly what we needed. So we hopped onto the tour and into the money factory. The tour guide was very informative and we learned a lot about how money is made from the material it is printed on, to the process they employ to print the designs, to the huge barrels of ink for printing, and the security measures and cameras that photograph every single dollar that is approved for currency. This factory makes $20's and $100's, but no coins....
I finally got to tour the Federal Bureau of Printing and Engraving after living in the area for over 5 years. I had family in town a few months ago and they were looking to take the tour. The building itself is not very inviting, having gone with the 1950's correction facility look. Given the fact that they make American currency, all of their rules are strictly enforced. We had to wait for a guard to let us in, we couldn't just walk in by ourselves. You watch a short video then go on a guided tour. We visited BEP on a weekday morning in February so thankfully we didn't have to contend with a large crowd. The tour guide warned us on all the things that could get us arrested while on the tour. The tour itsel...