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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  • August 14, 2017
    Tickets were required, almost side by side 20 minutes, took part in a tour of the 9:30. All English was not understood well, I can see a real work, so much fun.
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  • August 13, 2017
    There is tours and you have to get tickets. It is about how they make money. You also get to read about how money was a long time ago.  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    Kind of cool to see how money is printed but there really isn't anything that isn't covered in the short video before the start of the tour. The gift shop has some expensive but interesting gifts.  more »
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  • June 27, 2017
    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
  • May 6, 2017
    Good place. Tour was short but very informational. The gift shop was amazing too.
  • March 10, 2017
    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.
  • June 14, 2017
    Highly recommend visiting this place! Amazing how our currency is made!
  • April 13, 2017
    Excellent tour about the money making process. A little on the short side, but very informative.

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