The paper currency for the US is printed at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. Kids and adults will love visiting this ... More
Bureau of Engraving and Printing
The paper currency for the US is printed at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. Kids and adults will love visiting this "money factory." The guided tour is brief, lasting 30 to 45 minutes, but the line can be daunting. Tours are on a first come first serve basis. Summer evening tours require tickets, which are handed out at the visitor Center. Visitors can see a display with a million one dollar bills and view dollars at every stage of production. The bureau runs 24 hours a day and prints $450 million daily.
This was by far the place I was most excited to visit during our DC trip. To be wowed with the amounts of money seen all around, to hear the history of the bureau and share with my children the evolution of the bill and all the very cool security features now being used. But this was a huge disappointment. there was a 5 minute film first, followed by a glass enclosed walk-through above the printing areas. there were stacks of bills, but there were also six guys just pressing buttons and standing around and a tour guide spitting out his spiel so fast it was hard to understand or enjoy. Both my husband and I felt ripped off even though the cost was free; maybe just the loss of 45 minutes with so many wonderful things around the city to take in. Like I said it was a huge disappointment and our time would have been much better spent enjoying another site.
I Loved it, and i had a tour of how they made money, and i saw the NEW 100 dollar bill being made in sheets of 50. What i thought was funny is that they had a sign that said: Free samples tomorrow only. :) It was a great experience.
Unlike most museums where things just sit and you have to read and read and read to figure out why things are important, at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing you can see the work being done. And who wouldn't be impressed seeing all that money?
This is one of the most fun tours I've had in D.C. It shows you how money is made from start to end. The money factory can print $450 million a day. That is $312,500 a minute. By the time I finish this review, they just made $312,500.
The tour is free. Of course, it should be free. They are making $5,208 a second. It cost them more trying to sell us the $10 ticket.
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