Bureau of Engraving and Printing, Washington DC

3.8
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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  • We really enjoyed this tour! It was so amazing seeing money being made and the process that is envolved. It was very informative and we couldn't believe everything that goes into just making one dolla...  more »
  • The general public tours are only every 45 minutes, and the lines are long - and outside in the cold. We waited for 30 minutes, but were unable to get in. There's a 40-person limit for every tour. The...  more »
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  • Flat 30 min tour with guy reading from cue cards in a monotone way. Philadelphia's mint is much better. Free tickets available. I went in August and got tickets for 9h15a.m. tour. When I left at 9:45, people were able to get tickets for the 10am tour. In not sure about the rush to go early. Go through security about 15 minutes before tour, explore the gallery and boutique before going to start the tour. The tour is stopping in front of four windows. Done in 30 minutes. All you see are large printers. Not worth the time.
  • Fun tour to see the making of printed bills. Tour with a guide, no head sets as described in previous reviews. Short and sweet... 30 min. Wish I could have stayed longer.
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