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“Great D.C. Attraction - Not as busy as the others but very cool tour (TIPS included)”

Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Ranked #82 of 431 things to do in Washington DC
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Owner description: Headquartered in D.C., this is where money is printed.
Reviewed July 23, 2013

Let me start right of with the tips!

TIP-Get there early in the morning during summer months to get tickets. We were there on a July morning by 9:00 a.m. and the only tix they had left were for 1:45 pm and later. After getting tix make sure you are there 15 mins early, they will NOT accept late tix, we saw them turn people away who missed their allotted time.

TIP-Pics are not allowed (see more info below), you can bring in your personal belongings including camera, but you better not use it.

TIP-This is to see how Paper money is made, if you are looking to see how coins are made you are going to have to go to either Philly or Denver and visit the Mint, this is paper only.

This is a GUIDED Tour about 30mins long, after a 10 min video you watch. You basically see 3 areas of how they make the paper money. No picture taking is allowed, you can bring in cameras and bottled water, even backpacks (you go thru security and x-ray), but you can NOT take pictures once inside the tour. There is a little room/hall when you go in that has some stuff you can take pictures of/with before the tour is called and a gift shop after that has some things to take pics of, but not on the tour itself. I'd suggest if you want pics of the process to go on Yahoo or something and search for images.

Overall, pretty cool tour!

3  Thank brucep460
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Reviewed July 20, 2013

Get on the line at 7:30am to get your free tickets. Booth opens at 8am. You see a short movie then a tour where you see huge stacks of money being printed. There happened to be a paper jam during our visit which shutdown about 1/2 the room for a while. Watch for funny quotes posted on the walls of the work areas.

1  Thank Bob C
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Reviewed July 20, 2013

We really liked this tour. You have to get in line to get tickets, so come early on busy days. We stood in line but it was not as busy as the weather was rainy on the day we visited. Many say the tickets are distributed for the entire day early in the day, so we woke up and went there first. It is a guided tour and very cool to see where money is printed and the process and history of the making of money in our country.

1  Thank LisainGeorgia
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Reviewed July 19, 2013

This was the favorite attraction for my 6 & 7 year old daughters during our family vacation to D.C. My husband, two teenagers, and I also enjoyed it.

1  Thank m0ml0vest0travel
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Reviewed July 17, 2013

Tours are very small, so if you want to go at a decent time, get in line early. The viewing of how they currently print money is more of a walk-through where you look down on the "factory floor" of folks printing money, while your guide tells you a bit about the process. I compare it to a factory tour where they are making bills, rather than chocolates or beer or whatever. My husband is fascinated by printed bills, so this was a real treat for him. (He also got a partial uncut sheet of $2 bills from the gift shop, where they sell uncut full and partial sheets of money.)

Much more interesting to me is the demo in the museum/gift shop area where they demonstrate how they printed money up until the 1920's, using a "spider press." Wow, one sheet at a time, with a man and woman team working the press, the man doing inking and spinning the wheel on the press, the woman placing and removing the sheets. I got a whole new appreciation of what it took to print money back in the old days, before automated presses!

Thank Jilara
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