Bureau of Engraving and Printing, Washington DC

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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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  • Worth a visit if you've never been. However, if you've never been to DC before, wouldn't be high up on my list of places to visit, maybe for a second/ third visit if you have time. Guided tour was gre...  more »
  • If you are planning your DC itinerary, don't put this on it. If you have time and can drop in, it's okay. I would not recommend waiting in any line to see this. We live locally and like to visit the m...  more »
  • I wasn't able to get a tour since I came after 2:00 PM but the building from inside and outside was beautiful and impressive and the shop was open so I was able to go inside and see the great displays...  more »
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  • This wasn't a very good tour. It was okay. Guides were all very good, but if anyone is thinking of doing this I would say don't feel like you NEED to do this tour. It is totally missable. If you don't do it you haven't missed anything at all... I actually thought it was boring!
  • Terrific tour. The facility is fascinating for anyone who's an engineering nerd as the presses, cutters, and other machines are huge. It was obvious that the staff on the floor were having fun with the tourists - we got a casual fan of a sheet of $20s and a few other nice gestures. Lots of information on how much goes into modern currency. Tickets are needed as only a certain number of people are allowed for any given 15 minute timeslot, but they're free.
  • Kind of neat but I wouldn't call it a must-see. If you have a burning desire to see money being printed then go for it.
  • Cool to go see money get printed. The tour seemed outdated, they need to use better tech. I couldn't hear most of what the guide said.
  • This was the need tour to go on. I'd love to bring my kids on this tour when I bring them back to Washington DC one day. I think this is a requirement for every boy and girl goes through school to understand how money is made. Not just by working, but through the printing process.