If you go: Bureau of Engraving and Printing


If you tour the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in Washington, it’s important to remember that you can look, but not touch. (Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post)
August 10, 2012

So, now that you know that all this money is made right here in Washington, would you like to see the huge machines creating million s and millions of dollars? Well, you can take a 40-minute tour that shows the bureau in action. Unfortunately, unlike on some other tours, there are no free samples.

Where: Bureau of Engraving and Printing, 14th and C streets SW

When: Until August 24, tours run every 15 minutes from 9 a.m. to
7 p.m. You have to wait outside the bureau in a line for tickets. Starting August 27, tours run every 15 minutes from 9 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. and from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m., and tickets are not required. The bureau is closed weekends, federal holidays and the week between Christmas and New Year’s.

Who: The tour is especially great for kids ages 7 and older, but it is open to everyone.

How much: Free!

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