U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing

Washington, DC

Not about coins, but about paper money, but definitely worthwhile for a numismatic.

See how the buck is made! Great, informative tour for the entire family, even for those family members who do not share your hobby.
Tours start every 15 min. Beware, however, that in the peak season (from the first Monday in March until the last Friday in August) free tickets must be obtained beforehand same day: the ticket booth is located on Raoul Wallenberg Place, and opens at 8:00 a.m. and closes when all tickets have been distributed for the day.

Toll-free number: (866) 874-2330


3/53/53/53/53/5 Ok.

By eitan190 on May 23, 2015

All it shows is how the dollar is made, with no numismatic significance

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By Kailash Mota on July 15, 2018

A must visit place, if you happen to tour / visit Washington DC. The admission is absolutely free, though you have to take a free ticket. The tour of this place takes about 30 minutes. Except in the reception / entrance area, photography is banned. The Souvenir stores has some memorable items that you can carry for your memories. Its a guided tour and guides explain the entire currency printing process in detail while you actually get to see the currencies being printed. All in all a must visit place while touring this region


By Lei Wang on August 12, 2017

Free admission but you need to pick up tickets behind the building in 15th St. basically to book your free tour. The tour is very informative and useful.


By Danny Coonradt on September 22, 2017

Situated next to the Holocaust memorial, it's a good idea to do these in tandem if you have the time. The wait for the stand-by tour was fairly reasonable (15 minute wait at noon 9/21/17). Even though the security was less than pleasant, the process moved fairly quickly. Overall, the tour felt intriguing, yet underwhelming. Walkways were small and a bit claustrophobic, lending itself to an "unimmersive" mood. As for the printing itself, the rooms are fairly small and contained, but were actually very interesting for the short time we observed them. It's worthwhile for informative how-do-they-do-it questions, but didn't have a massive all-around appeal as I expected.

Also, the lack of photography (for security reasons), makes it less memorable if you're into taking pictures. No cameras is a big thing there.


By Kristie Pecka on August 14, 2019

Fun tour to see the making of printed bills. Tour with a guide, no head sets as described in previous reviews. Short and sweet... 30 min. Wish I could have stayed longer.


By Trey .M. on April 23, 2023

This was so cool I love seeing where the money was and is made, I learned so much about the economy and lots of other facts about money this was really cool