Bureau of Engraving and Printing, Washington DC

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#25 of 74 in Sightseeing in Washington DC
Government Building Tourist Spot
Bureau of Engraving and Printing designs and produces paper money, government debt instruments, military commissions, numerous certificates, invitations, documents, and government IDs. On a guided tour of the reinforced concrete building (hidden beneath a limestone facade), you'll observe millions of dollars being printed. The process begins with blank paper and ends with circulation-ready bills; a film describes the production process. Check out the gift shop with souvenirs such as Chinese lucky numbers and novelty money sheets. Coins are not produced at this site, only paper money. From 1894 until 2005, postage stamps were also printed here; over 2.1 billion stamps were delivered during 111 years of operation. Before you head to Washington DC, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Washington DC tour planner, to make sure you see all that Washington DC has to offer, including Bureau of Engraving and Printing.
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  • You have to get your tickets in advance if you want a specific time. Tour was informative if a little short. You view the machinery from a catwalk above the room. I t would be nice if you could a litt...  more »
  • This tour is outdated. They make it so difficult to get tickets to the tour and then you find out you only see machines. You have to get Ickes to the tour early in the morning on one side of the build...  more »
  • Of all of the sites we visited while in DC this is probably the one I would skip if need be. They where printing 20 dollar bills when we visited. It was very easy to get the entrance tickets the same ...  more »
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  • Very cool to see the process but can't take pictures. Also, kids will be bored because my little sister, who is 6, did not enjoy it. Yet there are a lot of people who bring kids but dont make that mistake because the majority of the tour is a video that isn't very entertaining
  • Good place. Tour was short but very informational. The gift shop was amazing too.
  • Very rude security guards and door person. We were informed we needed tickets for the tour. The door person gave us the wrong directions to the ticket booth. Once we were able to find it, they had just given out the last tickets for the tour. The rudeness of the employees gave us a bad first impression of Washington DC.
  • Highly recommend visiting this place! Amazing how our currency is made!
  • Excellent tour about the money making process. A little on the short side, but very informative.

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Most visitors to Washington, D.C., end up in the East End, the old downtown district containing most of the city's major cultural attractions. For a more authentic Washingtonian experience, consider staying at a smaller hotel just a little north or east of this busy area. Neighborhoods outside downtown offer less expensive accommodations and affordable street parking, as well as opportunities to meet more locals and fewer tourists. Alternatively, try a hotel in Georgetown, packed with high-end shops and Colonial architecture.
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