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Bureau of Engraving and Printing

14th and C sts. SW, Washington DC, DC 20228
202.874.2330
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Ranked #89 of 252 Attractions in Washington DC
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Type: Government Buildings, Factory Tours
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: Headquartered in D.C., this is where money is printed.
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Abilene, Texas, United States
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52 reviews 52 reviews
33 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

A lot shorter than I expected, you actually get to see some of the production of US currency. Overall it was good tour.

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New York
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33 reviews 33 reviews
19 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

We learned quite a bit on this tour about how paper money is made. The tour guide was a bit slow and monotone, but the information was interesting. There is an interesting video at the beginning of the tour, and a nice gift shop at the end where you can buy various kinds of money as souvenirs.

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Friendswood, Texas
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18 reviews 18 reviews
12 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

We were able to get passes at 11am for the last two tours at 5:45pm or 6pm, so if you want the early tour, then go early. It was a short, but interesting tour. It was not an exceptional experience, but still interesting. My teenage boys enjoyed it and didn't complain and they are tough customers. The workers were funny... More

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Los Angeles, United States
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

Wanna see where they print $1b dollars EVERY SINGLE DAY? The BEP has a crew working around the clock 24/7 printing $1B per day. The tour takes place above an entire process "factory" so you're watching US dollars being made in real time, start to finish. It's pretty impressive. It's a well run tour definitely worth seeing. I think you... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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45 reviews 45 reviews
8 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Very informative tour of the process of making paper currency. Ticket booth is on 15th St and tour entrance is on 14th St--tickets are required and tours run every 15 minutes and last about 40 minutes. Tickets, available for same day tours, do run out. We are very glad we went on this tour and it's great for families.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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18 reviews 18 reviews
13 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

This was a very interesting tour and we loved every bit of it. Coming from an advertising background, I did have some knowledge about printing techniques and so I found it very appealing. We had a great tour guide, sweet, funny and polite and very knowledgeable. We witnessed millions of dollars being printed and the guide took us through the... More

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Garland, Texas
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

We got our reservations through our congressman. The tour is not long, but is interesting and informative. They begin the tour with a short film about the history and process of making money. You then walk along a catwalk above where the machines were printing large sheets of $5 bills. At another section they cut those sheets into crisp $5... More

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Boston, MA
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27 reviews 27 reviews
5 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

We obtained reservations through our congressperson and were glad we did. There's something just plain seductive about seeing stacks of freshly-printed millions of dollars. We visited at the end of a long hot day of sightseeing and found it absolutely worth the effort....and it's a pretty quick tour (less than an hour) with a quirky gift shop.

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W. PA
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89 reviews 89 reviews
44 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

We were given a time for our tour but when we arrived they said our name was not on the list. They found it listed as another time and that time had already passed so they did work us into the last tour group of the day. We would have been very upset it they would not have been able... More

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kingston, ny
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90 reviews 90 reviews
42 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

we went to Washington DC in June and this was one of my favorite excursions. It was very interesting to see how money is made. It is free to go to. You just need to go to the booth that they have nearby to get your free tickets. Then you wait in line to go for the tour. must see... More

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