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Learn how U.S. paper currency paper is produced up-close and in-person by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing's engravers, photoengravers, plate printers, and plate makers. Children aged eight and older can engrave and print their very own currency design.

Summer demonstration weeks (June 23 – 26 and July 28 – 31) include exciting interactive activities:

  • Witness Intaglio engraving artisanship at the engraver's workbench.
  • Learn about plate making for offset printing presses.
  • See how currency was printed circa 1900 at the refurbished spider press.
  • Learn how Intaglio printing plates are "grown" in a nickel solution.

Explore the facility where more than half of the nation's paper currency is printed. Come see billions of dollars as you tour the elevated walkway above the production floor, and learn about the history of United States paper currency. Tours are free.

The Bureau of Engraving and Printing Tour and Visitor Center is located in Fort Worth, Texas. Visit www.bep.gov for more information.

Prohibited Items
The BEP is a secured facility. All visitors, including children, are subject to a security screening prior to entering the Tour and Visitor Center. Cell phones or any electronic equipment, backpacks, cameras, weapons (including knives, pellet guns, mace, et cetera), explosives, food, and drinks are prohibited.

Photo courtesy of Bureau of Engraving and Printing.

Please Note: All Bureau of Engraving and Printing public tours are suspended as a contingency related to the COVID-19 situation. Updates will be posted at www.bep.gov as soon as they are available.

 

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