Bureau of Engraving and Printing, Washington DC

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Government Building
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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TripAdvisor
  • We were a little disappointed with this tour. The facility is very dated and in need of some tlc. You have to show up and specific times to get free tickets for time slots to tour. This is a hassle an...  more »
  • Interesting tour with a guide and a short movie before hand. the tour is a short walk and lasts for about 15-20 minutes. tickets are obtained on the back side of the building and are for the same day....  more »
  • The BEP is awesome. There are two types of tours available to the general public. Prior planning is required to take the tour and there are prescribe times to start the tours. The tour guides are grea...  more »
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  • 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.
  • Nifty tour where you can see the process of making paper money from above. Tour felt a little rushed and one machine was down while we were there but definitely worth the visit. Just avoid thanks giving week have to line up outside for an hour.