We all know about money, and we all use money, and everyone has a different amount of money, but do you know where it actually comes from?
If not, you can find out with a tour of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in Washington DC!
The Bureau and it's Visitor Center are a great place to learn all about US paper currency, learning about how it gets printed, cut, and sorted, as well as inspected for defects. One of the highlights of the tour is when you can walk along the gallery and see millions of dollars bring printed below on the production floor!
This 40 minute experience is free (yay!) and includes and introductory film as well as a gallery tour of the production process. The Visitor Center is also a great place to explore when at the BEP, as there are exhibits that continue your learning experience and great for kids.
The entrance is located at 14th Street, near C street, SW. Many visits take the the Bureau of Engraving & Printing bus.Get directions
If you can't make it to DC or Fort Worth, you can shop from links on their website for uncut currency sheets and specialty products!
Watch the introductory film, experience a gallery tour of the production process, and view special exhibits.
They provide no food or designated seating areas but eat before or after from somewhere local.
Visitors must wait at the entrance for tour guide direction to enter the building, and tickets are issued on a first come first served basis.
There is a gift shop in the Visitors Center so you can pick up some great souvenirs and gifts relating to the BEP!
Experience a tour with the class for a fun and educational trip.
There aren't food facilities on site as visits are expected to be at 40mins-1 hour but the food store offers the opportunity to buy special gifts.
The BEP is an ADA compliant facility
All visitors are required to go through a security screening.