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Bureau of Engraving & Printing

Bureau of Engraving & Printing
All the paper currency in the U.S., as well as Stamps, Military Certificates and Presidential Invitations, are printed here.

The presses turn out millions of dollars a day! Although this 45-minute tour is self-guided, it can be rather slow (and warm) if there are others in front of you — the line gets backed up with people (especially children) viewing the engraving and printing rooms below.

It's a very interesting tour if you have the time and like so many other sights in the city, it's FREE!

Arrive early to avoid long lines. If you're claustrophobic, you shouldn't go on this tour because of the narrow hallways.

If the Department of Homeland Security is elevated to "CODE ORANGE," the Bureau of Engraving and Printing is closed to the public.

The Bureau is open on the Friday after Thanksgiving — this is one of the "Busiest Tour Days of the Year." Lines form early in the morning and continue throughout the day. Be sure to arrive early.

NO Strollers are allowed on the tour.


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Public Tours

Peak Season:

March thru' August

Free Tickets are required for all tours from the first Monday in March thru' the last Friday in August (on a first-come, first-served basis).

The Ticket Booth is located on Raoul Wallenberg Place (formerly 15th Street). Same Day Tickets only.

The Ticket Booth opens at 8am Mon-Fri and closes when when all tickets have been distributed.

Lines form very early (busy days as early as 5:30 am). Tickets go quickly, especially during the first two weeks in April (Cherry Blossom/Spring Break). Tickets are usually gone by 8:30 am.


Public Tours

— NON PEAK Season: September thru' February

No Tickets Required.

Line up at the Visitors’ Entrance on 14th Street. Allow 45–50 minutes from the time you enter the building until the end of your tour.

Tour Times
9am-10:45am and 12:30-2pm (every 15 minutes)

Extended Summer Hours
5-7pm (every 15 minutes)

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