Bureau of Engraving and Printing, Washington DC

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3.7/5 based on 650+ reviews on the web
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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  • There is a sign on the wall over one person's table that reads," I print more money in five minutes as I'll make all year." Nearby uncut sheets of twenty dollar bills fly off a printing machine while ...  read more »
  • The tour presents the process of printing the dollar bills, but you can only see it behind sealed glass and you are not really a part of it, quite like watching tv at home.The guidance was a bit tired...  read more »
  • We arrived at 9:05 and entered the 9:15 tour. It's interesting to see the process the gift shop is fun with all sorts of money related things. 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Me and my Junior year class (8 students and 3 adults... only part of the class went on this trip) in High School took a trip to Washington D.C (back in 2013) and we took a tour of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. Why five stars? It was just amazing how money was printed, and also seeing (back then) what the new $50 and $100 bills look like before they reached the public. Before you even get into the tour, you need to go through security... Kinda like security through the Smithsonian's. After you get in, you need to watch a 15 minute video about money, go through hall like a museum, then near the middle/end you see a huge glass wall on both sides. This is where the money is being printed. The guide will tell you about all the process and how only a few bills get faulty while printing. Seeing that was just amazing. Then lastly they take to the end where the gift shop/part museum is. Here you can buy money related gifts, and you can also see old and rare money here in protected windows. If you want to see how money is being made in the United States, its a must to take a tour and just take a glance.
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