Bureau Of Engraving And Printing - Tour And Tickets
If you want to see how real money is printed, you must take a tour of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in Washington, DC. It is a tour that is enjoyed by people of all ages.
The Bureau of Engraving and Printing was started in 1862 with only a staff of 6 persons. Initially the main office was in the basement of the Treasury building; however, it shifted to the current location in 1914. A second production division was set up in 1991 in Fort Worth, Texas.
See Money Being Printed
The tour of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing allows visitors to see how a staff of around 2,250 works around the clock to print around $750 million in a single day. Visitors get a chance to see how the US currency is printed, stacked and cut. They also get a chance to see how defects are detected in the printed money.
However, currency is not the only thing that is printed at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, Washington, DC. It also prints Treasury securities, naturalization certificates, identification cards, White House invitations and other security documents.
One thing it does not produce is coins. United States Mint is responsible for the production of coins.
The Bureau of Engraving and Printing uses engraved steel plates and the intaglio process to print the money. The intaglio process is really tough to counterfeit.
Visitors also get a chance to see bills that are no longer in circulation. If you want to see a $100,000 bill, you will have to take a tour of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. The $100,000 bill was designed for only official transactions.
A 40 Minute Tour
A tour of Bureau of Engraving and Printing takes around 40 minutes. The tours are offered every 15 minutes. Visitors can tour the bureau Monday through Friday, from 9 AM to 2 PM. From April through August, the tour hours are extended by 5 PM- 7PM.
The bureau is closed to visitors during weekends, holidays, and the week between Christmas and New Year. The facility will be closed to the public if there is any security threat. For example, if the Department of Homeland Security raises the security level to CODE Orange, then it is closed to public.
The guided tour starts with a short introductory film. The large glass windows allow visitors to see the staff printing money.
The general public does not require any tickets if they visit from September to February. However, if you visit March through August, you will have to get tickets. The tickets are available at the ticket booth on the Raoul Wallenberg. You will need a valid photo ID to get the tickets.
A tour of Bureau of Engraving and Printing is fun and learning and a must for all visitors to Washington DC.
© The Print Shop