Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Located in the heart of the Nation’s Capital, the BEP’s Washington, DC Tour and Visitor Center is a great place to learn all about U.S. paper currency. You can see millions of dollars being printed as you walk along the gallery overlooking the production floor! The free 40-minute experience includes an introductory film and gallery tour of the production process. The visitor center includes exhibits and currency products for sale.
The Tour and Visitor Center is closed on weekends, Federal holidays, and the week between Christmas and New Years Day. The Tour and Visitor Center is open on the day after Thanksgiving, which has historically been our busiest day of the year. Please plan accordingly if you expect to visit on that day.
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Watch real money being printed at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in Washington, DC! This is a fun tour for all ages. You will see how U. S. paper currency is printed, stacked, cut and examined for defects. The Bureau of Engraving and Printing also prints White House invitations, Treasury securities, identification cards, naturalization certificates, and other special security documents.
Tours and Hours of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Tours last about 30 minutes and are offered every 15 minutes, Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The facility is closed on weekends, federal holidays and the week between Christmas and New Years. From April through August hours are extended from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Because of heightened security, tour policies are subject to change. If the Department of Homeland Security level is elevated to CODE ORANGE, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing is CLOSED to the public.
Cameras are allowed in the facility, but their use in the tour gallery is prohibited.
Visitors must pass through a metal detector and belongings will be screened before entering the building.
School Group Visits
Tours for groups of 10 or more people run every 15 minutes from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. There is a 50-person maximum. Group tours MUST be scheduled in advance with the tour office. Please call the Tour Scheduler at (202) 874-2330 or 1 (866) 874-2330. Group reservations are free and must be submitted by faxing the BEP’s group reservation request form to (202) 874-6331. The forms are available in MS Word and PDF formats below:
Classroom Education Materials
Classroom education materials about the redesigned currency have been developed that meet or exceed national education standards.
Visit Youth Education Materials to Download to access resources that are available free of charge to parents, teachers and students.
Non-Peak Season Hours
September – February
No tickets required
Space is given on a first-come, first-served basis with the line forming at the Visitor Entrance on 14th Street.
Tours run every 15 minutes from 9:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. with advance reservations held for large groups between 11 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. The Visitor Center is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (door closes at 3:00 p.m.)
Peak Season Hours
March – August
Free tickets required
During 2012, tours will run every 15 minutes from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. from March 1st through March 23rd. March 26th through August 24th, tours will run every 15 minutes from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. with advanced reservations held for large groups between 11:00 a.m. and 12:15 p.m.
The Visitor Center is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (door closes at 3:00 p.m.) in March, and 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. (door closes at 7:00 p.m.), April through August.