Bureau of Engraving and Printing

Bureau of Engraving and Printing, Washington DC

Bureau of Engraving and Printing

Bureau of Engraving and Printing
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9:00 AM - 10:45 AM, 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 10:45 AM
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 10:45 AM
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 10:45 AM
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 10:45 AM
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 10:45 AM
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
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Headquartered in D.C., this is where money is printed.
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TravelerCentralFLA
Clermont, FL744 contributions
A Fascinating Tour
Mar 2020 • Family
My son and I took the tour of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing when we were in DC. The tour requires a ticket, but since things were slow in DC at the time we had not trouble getting free tickets at the kiosk. There is a walk around the building once we had our tickets, but it wasn’t too far. The biggest inconvenience is that it is not very obvious from the ticket kiosk where to enter the building for the tour. The tickets are timed and the tour is not long. However it was extremely interesting. The security is very tight and there are not photos of any kind allowed on the tour. Cameras and phones must put away or they are subject to confiscation.
The process of printing US currency was very interesting. It was amazing to see pallets full of millions of dollars waiting to be put into circulation by the Federal Reserve Bank. I recommend the tour it was fascinating.
Written May 12, 2020
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JohnsonIV
Oxon Hill, MD442 contributions
Relatively short tour, but unique and interesting
Jul 2019
The tour here is relatively short but unique and interesting. There was plenty of interesting information on the bill-production process provided by the guide at 4-5 stops during the tour where you could look down on various parts of the process. I would have liked to hear a bit more about the history of the BEP, its other facilities, and the differences between the mints and bill-production facilities (other than the obvious), however. The tour staff members are friendly for the most part, although a few were a bit brusque.

When we went, late on a weekday afternoon, it seemed like several things weren't working. For instance, at the beginning of the tour you enter a room with seats in arcs in front of a TV screen; however, nothing was playing on the screen, and after a few minutes of nothing happening we were simply ushered up an escalator out of the room. I would also be curious to see if the production processes were busier during the workday -- we did get to see some of the machines working (with a few friendly people who threw waves our way despite probably being stared out by tourists regularly every day), but it mostly seemed quiet when we were there.

As others have said, you do need to pick up free timed tickets earlier in the day. (For what it's worth, three of us came in the mid-afternoon, midweek, and were able to get in for the second-to-last time of the day.)
Written April 10, 2020
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jennifera64
Danville, VA197 contributions
interesting to See
Feb 2020
Not exactly what I was expecting, but overall pretty good. It was interesting to see money being printed and sorted. Good information from the guide about the process. The time between waiting in line and actually starting the tour is a bit much - the video at the beginning was just okay. It's free and worth doing at least once, but maybe not if this is your first trip to DC.
Written March 7, 2020
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bdalager
Des Moines, IA10 contributions
Fun!
Dec 2019
I've been twice, once with my husband and once with my parents and kids. The boys were 12, 13, 15 when we went. Both times I thought it was interesting and fun. It doesn't take as long as some of the other DC attractions and it's informative.
Written February 29, 2020
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UKM12
Llanfaethlu, UK154 contributions
Very interesting!
Feb 2020 • Couples
Very friendly security teams - makes a change from a lot of venues and sets a great tone for the visit. Guides were knowledgable but not very cheery. Seemed like the visits were a chore. Fascinating visit though and well worth it. Free entry. Turn up in off season but you need to collect pre-arranged tickets beforehand in peak season (check the websites). Toilets are available and a decent gift shop. Do not use your phone at all in the facility or even have it out.
Written February 21, 2020
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Daniel H
Gaylord, MI10 contributions
What I was expecting
Feb 2020 • Couples
Was neat to see where and how they make money. It is a very dry tour and a lot shorter than expected. But overall it was pretty neat to see how everything was done.
Written February 13, 2020
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KM878
Orlando, FL39 contributions
Kiddo loved seeing the stacks of money!
Jan 2020
Such a great experience for the young and old! I remember going as a kid, so I was excited to bring the kiddo (11) this year. She absolutely loved it and was her favorite part of the entire trip! Shoutout to the staff member who jokingly held up money as we walked by, pretending like he would give it to us - made the tour fun and entertaining! Pricey to buy the sheets of money, but fun souvenir!
Written January 28, 2020
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missddc
New York City, NY29 contributions
Tour ok, but horribly rude staff member
Jan 2020 • Solo
I went to take a tour, after not having been there since I was a child. The tour itself was ok. As everyone mentions, it is short (about 15-20 minutes), but you do see how money is printed, if you ever have been curious about that. While waiting for the tour, I encountered this horribly rude staff member, who sits where you wait for the tour to start. When I entered the building, I was told the next tour was at 11:15am. I also happened to enter behind a tourist group. As the tour guide came out, I had been standing behind a roped off area, but assumed this was the 11:15 guide. As the group got up, I went to join them, at this point not knowing at all that this was a private tour guide just for that group. Then the rude staff member, who sat by the tour waiting area, yelled "FREEZE!!" and told me to step off the line. Based on the tone of his voice, I was under the impression I had breached security somehow or something else terrible. He yelled that it was a private tour, and to go behind the rope and then 10 seconds later announced I could sit in the roped off area for the actual public 11:15 tour. It was all so completely unnecessary and ridiculous.

I do recommend going on this tour, but preferably when there isn't a long wait. However, it was not worth getting yelled at by rude staff, so, make sure you join the correct tour.
Written January 21, 2020
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Deanne D
Wellington, New Zealand1,417 contributions
Interesting
Jan 2020 • Family
After passing through tight security you get to see a short video about the process of printing US dollar notes. They do half of them here and the other half in Texas. It is interesting going through and seeing the printing machines. You get the chance to literally see millions of dollars. There is a good shop at the end of the tour. The tour people were very kind and got us in out of the cold weather to wait.
Written January 17, 2020
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Nelson T
Mandeville, LA500 contributions
This is where the money is made
Oct 2019
All US currency is printed either here or at a similar facility in Fort Worth, Texas. The free tour conducted by an experienced guide is very informative. You will learn about all those numbers and codes on the currency in your wallet. Millions of dollars are printed here and sent to the Federal Reserve Banks and from there currency is provided to banks as needed throughout the country. Interesting and informative tour. Check out the tour schedules before you go to avoid a long wait.
Written January 3, 2020
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  • Mon - Fri 9:00 AM - 10:45 AM
  • Mon - Fri 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
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