Printing and Engraving tours

January 6, 2016

Located in the heart of the Nation's Capital, the BEP's (Bureau of Engraving & Printing) 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 takes place on a weekday because no weekend tours are offered at this government facility.


The Smithsonian is the closest Metro station and there is some limited paid parking in the area.

Visitor Entrance; located on the west side of the intersection of 14th & C Streets, S.W. (directly adjacent to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum). The tour guide at the entrance will direct the group from that point on.

Bring a government issues photo id. Please be on time or even early. No late admission to the tour! Sorry, this is a pre-scheduled tour of an extremely high-security government facility, they run on their own time not yours. Please be on time or early.

In addition to weapons and dangerous objects, no oversized packages are allowed in the Bureau. Cameras are allowed in the building, but photography of the manufacturing process itself is prohibited. The tour is wheelchair accessible. Strollers are allowed in the building, however, not in the tour gallery.

Event Fee

For this tour we are requesting an $8 per person registration fee. Our Meetup group hosts over 20 events per month, the majority of which are free. However, it takes a considerable amount of time and money to manage a group this size and organize all of these events. A small registration fee for certain programs helps cover our costs.

In addition, it's unfortunate that the percentage of people who RSVP and "no show" or cancel at the last minute is 50% at some events. The registration fee also reduces the number of unused tickets from no shows/cancellations - thus allowing more members to attend events such as this where there is only limited space.

Thanks for your understanding. Full refund if you are not completely satisfied with the tour, or if the event is cancelled or rescheduled.

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