Tour and Visit the Bureau of Engraving and Printing

This event posted by: Amy Pickett

Sunday, December 01, 2013 thru Wednesday, December 31, 2014
9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Bureau of Printing and Engraving
14th and C Streets, S.W.
Washington, DC
(202) 874-2330

Cost: No tickets required during non peak season hours (September - February)


Washington, DC Tours

Bureau of Engraving and Printing Main Building in Washington, D.C.

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 will be closed Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 28, 2013 and will re-open Friday, November 29.

The Friday after Thanksgiving is historically our busiest day of the year. Tickets will be distributed November 29, beginning at 8:00 a.m., from the tour entrance at 14th and C Streets, SW on a first-come, first-served basis. Due to the expected volume of visitors, and the limited number of tour tickets available for the day, we will distribute a maximum of four tickets per person until we have distributed all tickets for the day.

As an efficiency measure, the Department of the Treasury’s Bureau of Engraving and Printing’s (BEP) facility located in Washington, D.C. will close to the public on Monday, December 23, at 3:00 p.m. (EST) and re-open Thursday, January 2, 2014.

The BEP is a federal government organization and adheres to closure, late arrival or early dismissal guidance issued by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM).  OPM determines the Federal agency operating status for the Washington, DC area.
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.)


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.

Strollers are allowed in the facility, but may not be taken on the tour.

Anyone found in violation of BEP policies as written or explained by the tour guides, will be escorted off the premises by a police officer. Visitors must follow the direction of the BEP Police while on BEP property.


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 emailing the BEP’s group reservation request form The forms are available in MS Word and PDF formats below:


Congressional Tours

The BEP grants special requests for tours made through the office of your local United States Senator or Representative. These tours take place Monday through Friday at 8:15 a.m. and 8:45 a.m. May through August, Congressional tours also run every 15 minutes from 4 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. Please contact your local United States Senator or Representative for more information. Click here to download the Congressional Tour Reservation Form.Click here to download the Congressional Tour Reservation Form

For the most recent opening and closing information please call the tour office at (202) 874-2330 or toll-free at (866) 874-2330. Please be advised that all tour policies are subject to change.

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