Bureau of Engraving and Printing Tours and Information

Bureau of Engraving and Printing Tours

Located in the heart of the Nation's Capital, the BEP's Tour and Visitor Center is a great place to learn all about U.S. paper currency.  See millions of dollars being printed as you walk along the gallery overlooking the production floor!
The free 40-minute experience includes the visitor center with historical exhibits and currency products for sale.

What do you need to know?

Admission is free. Tickets are not required to tour through February. 
The BEP is open to the public weekdays, Monday through Friday, and closed on weekends and federal holidays. Please see the schedule below for closure dates.
The tour and visitor entrance is located at 14th Street, SW. For information regarding the tour, please call (202) 874-2330.
Visitors must line up at the tour entrance and wait for tour guide direction to enter the building and are required to pass through a security screening.
Tickets Required to Tour: March 2 through September 4, and November 23 - 27.

The BEP requires visitors to obtain free same-day tickets to access the tour during the spring and summer months and the week of Thanksgiving.  The ticket booth, located at 15th Street, SW, Raoul Wallenberg Place opens at 8:00 a.m., Monday through Friday, and closes when all tickets have been distributed for the day. Visitor lines form early at the ticket booth and are often distributed by 8:30 a.m., especially during the Cherry Blossom Festival (March 20 - April 12), Passover/Easter holidays (April 8 - 16), and days surrounding Federal holidays. Tickets are not required to visit the Visitor Center.
Hours of Operation
Public Tours      
Tour runs every 15 minutes
9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., and 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.  (through March 20)
9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., and 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.   (March 23 - September 4)                                                          
Group Tours
11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. (Advanced Reservations for Large Groups Only)
Tour runs every 15 minutes
Visitor Center & Gift Shop                         
8:30 a.m. - 2:45 p.m. through March 20
8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. March 23 through September 4
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.
For up-to-date opening and closing information, please telephone the Washington, DC Tour and Visitor Center locally at (202) 874-2330 or toll-free at (866) 874-2330 to speak directly with the tour scheduler during regular business hours. Please be advised that tour policies and hours are subject to change without public notification.

How do I get scheduled for a tour?

Click here to visit the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing's official page.