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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 #90 of 249 attractions in Washington DC
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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Atlanta, Georgia
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18 reviews 18 reviews
13 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

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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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

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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22 reviews 22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

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
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

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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86 reviews 86 reviews
40 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 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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Longview, Texas
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36 reviews 36 reviews
13 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Enjoyed it very much seeing how US money are printed. The tour guide (and tour organization in general) could have been better though - the lady was quite dull and not engaged.

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Manhattan Beach, California
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50 reviews 50 reviews
16 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

This is a fantastic tour. It is relatively short and you get to see the entire process of making paper currency. The workers have a sense of humor and are usually hamming it up for the visitors in the gallery. Gift shop is also great with some unique items.

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Ohio, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

The only reason we went was because we had some time to pass and we went to the ticket station around 10am and they still had tickets available for after 2:30. I would probably not have waited in the long line they get each morning for tickets to be handed out at 8am. However we got lucky on a Thursday... More

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Orlando, Florida
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19 reviews 19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

We got up super early to rush and get tickets for the tour, which was in hindsight, was not really worth it. The tour was quite dull, really not much to see except few printing machines not doing anything. I'd would have to say, skip it.

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KS
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41 reviews 41 reviews
21 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

We were able to get tickets from our Congressman's office which was nice .... eliminated standing in an early morning line. Tour guide was informative and knowledgable and seeing money made was interesting. Would see this again if I was in the area but wouldn't make a special trip for this.

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