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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  • This is one of the less hectic places in DC when visiting, at least in October. Booked a tour through my Congressional Representative, however sometimes tours are available if they aren't busy. Best t...  more »
  • Your watch a video first. Then you take a catwalk tour of the building and see money being made from start to finish, there are actual workers making money as you tour. After there is a gift shop. My ...  more »
  • Many people think that money is made at The Mint, but that is for coins. This is the place where they print "paper" money - it is actually linen and cotton, did you know that? You will get an introduc...  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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