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Washington D.C. District of Columbia Factory Tour

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NameBureau of Engraving and Printing
Address14th and C Streets, SW
Washington, D.C. 20228
Brief DescriptionBureau of Engraving and Printing Public Tour Information
CategoryFactory Tour
DescriptionBureau of Engraving and Printing
General Tour Information

Tours are conducted on weekdays only.
The BEP is closed on weekends, federal holidays,
and the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day.

A free, 35-minute, guided tour of the BEP features the various steps of United States currency production. Tours are conducted every fifteen minutes, between 9:00 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. and 12:30 to 2:00 p.m.

Non-Peak Season:
October – February
No tickets are required during these months. Visitors may enter at 14th & C Street, SW.

Peak Season:
March – September
Free, same-day tickets are required during these months. The ticket booth is located on Raoul Wallenberg Place (formerly 15th Street).

Ticket Booth Hours:
Tickets are distributed from 8:00 a.m. until all tickets are distributed. Visitors are advised to arrive at the ticket booth early in the morning.

Evening Tour Hours:
April, May, June, July and August Only
Free same-day tickets are also required for extended evening tour hours April through August. Tours are conducted every 15 minutes between 2:15 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.
Congressional Tours:
The Congressional tour is a forty-minute, guided tour for guests of congressional offices. Reservations must be made through the office of a Senator or Congressman.

Group Tours:
Group tours are scheduled between 11:00 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. Visit our web site at to complete group form and e-mail it to Groups of 10 or more people MUST have a reservation.

Visitor Center:
The tour concludes in the Visitor Center, which features exhibits and a gift shop. Unique items such as uncut sheets of currency, shredded currency, collectors’ editions, and novelty items are available for purchase. The Visitor Center is open Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. During April, May, June, July and August, the Visitor Center will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Foreign Languages:
Standard guided tours are in English. Upon request, recorded tours are available in French, German, Hebrew, Japanese, Mandarin, and Spanish.
Special recorded tours are available for hearing impaired visitors.

Tours are available in American Sign Language upon request. Special recorded tours are available for hearing impaired visitors. Wheelchairs are available upon request.

No video or photography of the tour is permitted. Photography is only permitted in the Visitor Center.

Take the Blue or Orange line to the Smithsonian station; Independence Avenue exit.

Tour Office Phone: 202-874-2330
Toll Free 1-866-874-2330

Phone 1(202) 874-2330
Handicapped AccessibleYes
Time Allowance35 minutes to 1 Hour
HoursMonday through Friday ~ 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Extended Hours April-August 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
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Last Updated2/3/2016
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