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. For Bureau of Engraving and Printing and beyond, use our Washington DC trip maker to get the most from your Washington DC vacation.
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  • Tour guide, Jack, was really good. Overall it wasn't that exciting of a place. For being a currency printing facility, the building itself is in rough shape. I would rather spend my time checking out ...  more »
  • We were excited about visiting. It was very interesting to see the process of how our bills are made. I would recommend visiting the Bureau of Engraving and Printing to everyone.  more »
  • My family visited with our school group. We arrived 4 minutes late due to the bus not having access to the drop off location. When we arrived, the security was high strung and yelled at us for being l...  more »
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  • A must see for something a little bit different, the tour is very well organised and gives you a proper end to end view of how dollar bills are made. The shop also has some very unique gifts a great alternative to the standard keep sakes. Also if you collect coins even though they are minted elsewhere you can still purchase proof circulation coin sets here. Make sure you check the working times before you go as these change in peak and off peak seasons.
  • Be sure to check out BEP website for unique gift ideas. I purchased a sheet of $1.00 bills for my Dad for Christmas. When I received the tube in the mail I had to order another sheet for myself because it’s so cool!
  • I've been several times, always fun. Took my kids this Xmas, they loved it.
  • Situated next to the Holocaust memorial, it's a good idea to do these in tandem if you have the time. The wait for the stand-by tour was fairly reasonable (15 minute wait at noon 9/21/17). Even though the security was less than pleasant, the process moved fairly quickly. Overall, the tour felt intriguing, yet underwhelming. Walkways were small and a bit claustrophobic, lending itself to an "unimmersive" mood. As for the printing itself, the rooms are fairly small and contained, but were actually very interesting for the short time we observed them. It's worthwhile for informative how-do-they-do-it questions, but didn't have a massive all-around appeal as I expected. Also, the lack of photography (for security reasons), makes it less memorable if you're into taking pictures. No cameras is a big thing there.
  • Not a long tour but VERY COOL to see the best parts!
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