Becki Sheridan Ortiz and 3 other parents have been here
Bureau of Engraving and Printing, Washington, District of Columbia
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- Visited: April 2012
- Submitted: Dec 27, 2012
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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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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...
If you have free time, visit the Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) - however, there are other, much more sites that you can visit that are fulfilling. Unlike previous reviews, my nephews and I were disappointed and a bit let down after our tour. My two nephews (11 and 9) visited for Spring Break - along with a kazillion other families and students. Thus, we woke up at o'dark thirty to METRO into downtown D.C. to get the "free tickets." We arrive at about 0710 and had to go around the block. Much to the BEP's personnel, they actually counted numbers in the line (each person can receive 4 tix so its a bit deceptive because a group of four can get sixteen tix!!!). thus, if you are in the back of the l...