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“It was cool to see how money is made!!”

Bureau of Engraving and Printing
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Owner description: Headquartered in D.C., this is where money is printed.
Reviewed April 25, 2014

This was a cool place to tour and visit!! You have to get a ticket, which is free, ahead of time. There is a ticket booth behind the Bureau where the line starts at 8am to get tickets. We got there at 9am and the earliest we could get a ticket for was 3pm!! So they go fast!!! The guided tours are only on the weekdays where you can actually see the workers making the money!! Don't be late for your scheduled time or they won't let you in. You have to go through screening before going in. You can bring in cameras if you have them with you because you are touring the area but you are NOT ALLOWED to take pictures. One of the workers was comical showing us what $80,000 looked like as he held it up!! It was cool to see the machines running making the money as we watched!!! The tour ends in a gift shop that was okay. We did learn a lot about how our money is made so it is well worth the trip to visit especially for kids.

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Reviewed April 24, 2014

This place is very interesting but the gift shop was not very interesting and didn't have very much stuff to buy and the tour guide went to fast and you couldn't take pictures.

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Reviewed April 22, 2014

If you never saw how money is printed, this is a great opportunity. Especially for kids. You get a guided tour on a elevated cat walk above the floor where money is printed. You get detailed description of the process and see the machine in work.
Two tips:
1. The tours are free but in order to control the flow you must obtain tickets which are distributed for free at 8AM on the entrance to the facility (not where the tour starts, but on the other side, facing west). Tours takes place 9 - 11, 12:30 to 2PM and 5PM to 6:30PM. If you want an early tour you want to queue up as early as 7AM. The 5Pm tours seems less popular and if you are ok with that, tickets might still be available if you show up at 8 or even 9. (During off season like winter no tickets are required)
2.During the tour you may see visitors on the printing floor itself, wearing tags "VIP Tour". I was told that these VIP tours are also free and if you call your local Congress man, he might arrange such a tour. The regular tour is only through the elevated cat-walk.

3  Thank y2m2r
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Reviewed April 20, 2014

I would highly recommend a tour of The Bureau of Engraving and Printing. This is where they print all of our money. Well, at least half of it. The other facility is in Fort Worth, Texas. They show you the entire process of how our paper currency is printed. They only offer tours on weekdays. Tours are free, just like all of the Smithsonian Museums and The National Zoo. You have to be in the ticket line by 8AM to get in. The tour takes less than one hour. The Bureau of Engraving and Printing is the only place you can buy uncut sheets of American Currency. They are available in the gift shop at the end of the tour. Tip: All currency is printed every year except for the $2 bill, which is only printed every 6-7 years. Thus, the $2 bill is the rarest of all American Currency. You can buy a full sheet (32-subject), a half sheet (16-subject), a quarter sheet (8-subject), or an one-eight sheet (4-subject). All of the sheets have been monetized (legal tender). If you are a collector, you should take advantage to this opportunity.

2  Thank Edward C
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Reviewed April 18, 2014

I had family visiting me and they wanted to go on a tour here. If not for them, I probably wouldn't have gone at all, but I'm glad I did. It was pretty cool to see money being made, and to learn about the process. The gift shop had old bills on display, and it was neat to see how our money has changed over the years. This is a tour worth taking, but maybe just once.

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