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Bureau of Engraving and Printing

14th St SW Washington, DC 20228 14th St SW Washington, DC 20228 Photo by dctim1 Flickr

Do you know the function of Bureau of Engraving and Printing? It was established in 1862 and at that time, there were only six people who provided and sealed notes at the basement of its treasury building. With its production facilities in Forth Worth, Texas and Washington, DC, B.E.P. is the biggest manufacturer of government security documents in the U.S.

Bureau of Engraving and Printing is one of the government agencies in the United States under the department of Treasury. This agency designs and provides different security items for the government of U.S. One of the most prominent security products they are producing are paper currencies designed for the Federal Reserve, which is also known as the central or principal bank in the United States. Aside from the paper currency, Bureau of Engraving and Printing also designs invitations, military commissions, award certificates, admission cards, treasury securities and many variety of ID, forms or other security documents for the purpose of all government agencies.

Yosmite StampSome people might think that this agency produces coins. Bureau of Engraving and Printing only produces the designs of the security currency and the one who is responsible in producing coinage is the United States Mint. Bureau of Engraving and Printing is also the largest manufacturer of all security documents needed by the United States.

Bureau of Engraving and Printing is a very important government agency in the United States. Do you have any idea how bills are made? The Bureau of Engraving and Printing has a small and self-guided museum that is intended for learning purposes to help you know more about this matter. Because of this, Bureau of Engraving and Printing also serves as a simple and one of the tourist attractions in the area.

The agency provides an educational presentation on how they produce bills including the process on how it is printed, stacked, cut and inspected for possible defects. This is open to all, especially to students who are interested about the matter. The admission is free, thus you can grab the opportunity to see it for yourself the wonder of treasury. Although the tickets are free, it should also be noted that it is not a first-come, first-served basis. You have to come on the date and time stated by them in order to experience this informative way of learning.

Bureau of Engraving and PrintingAs mentioned Bureau of Engraving and Printing is also one of the tourist attractions in the United States aside from their famous and historic mansions, honoring monuments, parks, gardens and other sacred places. It is the best place for family and educational tours if you want to educate your kids about how bills are made and the services offered by the agency. You can let your child learn that money does not grown on trees if you will let them see the presentation of Bureau of Engraving and Printing. More than that, not only will your kids learn the importance of bills and how it is made, but visiting the Bureau of Engraving and Printing is also a great way to know more about the state. 


Mon-Fri: 9 am to 2pm - Tours offered every 15 minutes
Visitors Center opens Mon-Fri: 8:30 am to 3:30 pm
Visitors Center hours extended to 7:30 pm April through August 
The facility closes on weekends, federal holidays and week between Christmas and New Years.
Address/Map:  14th Street SW Washington, DC 20228
Phone: (866) 874-2330
Website: Bureau of Engraving and Printing
September to February - No tickets required (first come, first served)
March to August - Free tickets required (can be obtained at the visitors center)