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Bureau of Engraving

Posted by on January 31, 2012

Field Trip: Bureau of Engraving
Location: 14th and C Streets, SW
Washington DC 20228
Contact: 202-874-2330
Grades: 4th – High School
Admission: FREE


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About the Museum:

As the U.S. Government’s security printer, the BEP is responsible for the design, engraving and printing of all U.S. paper currency. A world leader in printing technology, the BEP also produces portions of U.S. passports, materials for Homeland Security, military identification cards, Immigration and Naturalization Certificates, White House invitations, Treasury obligations and other U.S. securities.

Free tickets are required for all tours from the first Monday in March through the last Friday in August, on a first-come, first-served basis. The ticket booth is located on Raoul Wallenberg Place (formerly 15th Street). The Ticket Booth opens at 8:00 a.m. – Monday through Friday, and closes when all tickets have been distributed. Lines form early (some days as early as 5:30 a.m.) and tickets go quickly, most days’ (especially during the first two weeks in April ~ Cherry Blossom/Spring Break) tickets are gone by 8:30 a.m. Please plan accordingly.

No tickets required between September – February.

Tours run every 15 minutes from 9 to 10:45 a.m. and 12:30 to 2 p.m. in March. April through August tours run every 15 minutes from 9 to 10:45 a.m., 12:30 to 3:45 p.m. and 5 to 7:00 p.m.

The Bureau of Engraving and Printing is home to a large historic collection of objects pertaining to the BEP and its products. This collection includes, in addition to currency, printing proofs, postage stamps, migratory bird stamps, revenue stamps, Treasury securities, photographs, artwork, tools, and equipment. Display cases located in the visitor centers in Washington, DC and Fort Worth, Texas, showcase these objects in exhibits that illustrate the history of the BEP and its products.

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