Bureau Engraving-10Sheet.jpgOne of the lessor-known but extremely interesting tours in Washington D.C. is the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, which has free admission Mon.-Fri. , and (for the majority of March through August) requires you to obtain a ticket from the ticket booth, located at Raoul Wallenburg Place (formerly 15th ST, SW) open daily 8:00 am (until all tickets are distributed). Tours are available 9:00 am to 2:00 pm and frequently also in afternoon/evening from 2:15 pm to 6:00 pm, with Visitor's Center open 7:30-6:00 (check website). See enormous engraving machines print, and personnel inspect, sheets of U.S. currency including perhaps $100 bills, which are cut, banded, and stacked on pallets, while you walk along the galley viewing the engraving/printing floor below. Tour guides provide added information and there is a visitor's center where certain collectible bills, uncut sheets, and coins, plus mementos, are available for purchase.


The tour entrace is located on 14th St., S.W.  Visitors must line up according to their ticket time at the entrace on 14th St. and wait directions from tour guides to begin the tour.


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