Activities & Resources
Bureau of Engraving and Printing050in Washington, DC 20228
about Bureau of Engraving and Printing:
You'll see millions of dollars being printed during a tour of the BEP. The tour features the various steps of currency production, beginning with large, blank sheets of paper, and ending with wallet-ready bills!
Public tours (approximately 45 minutes long) are offered every 15 minutes on Monday through Friday from 9am to 10:45am and 12:30pm to 2pm. During the peak summer months, they are also offered from 2pm to 3:45pm and 5pm to 7pm.
Tickets are required for all tours from the first Monday in March through the last Friday in August, on a first-come, first-served basis. The ticket booth is located on Raoul Wallenberg Place (formerly 15th Street), and offers same day tickets only. If you have a group of 10 or more, you must call ahead to make reservations. The Ticket Booth opens at 8am and closes when all tickets have been distributed. Lines form as early as 5:30am at this time, and tickets go quickly - usually by 8:30am, so plan accordingly!
From September through February tickets are not required; just line up at the Visitors' Entrance on 14th Street to wait for the next available tour.
The Bureau offers open captioned tours (monitors are placed on the tour gallery) in seven languages: English, Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Japanese, and Spanish. Tour guides with sign language skills are also available if requested in advance.
Visitors in wheel chairs and their party (limit 4), may report to the 14th street entrance even during the peak season. Wheel chairs are available upon request. Strollers, however, are not allowed on the tour.
Note: All tour policies are subject to change without public notification. If the Department of Homeland Security level is elevated to CODE ORANGE, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing is closed to the public unless otherwise noted. Always call ahead to check the status: 202.874.2330, or toll-free at 866.874.2330.
If you'd rather skip the tour, take a peek at the Visitor Center, which contains exhibits and shops where items such as uncut sheets of currency, shredded currency, collectors' editions, and novelty items can be purchased.