Bureau of En­grav­ing and Print­ing

Where Washington - - SUMMER GUIDE -

This govern­ment agency of­fers an eye- open­ing look at the mon­ey­mak­ing process, from de­sign to print and fi­nal cut. An ex­hi­bi­tion floor pro­vides a his­tory les­son and in­trigu­ing dis­plays like a stack of $10 bills worth a mil­lion, safely en­closed be­hind glass. A cat­walk over the pro­duc­tion floor lets visi­tors watch state- of-the-art ma­chines (and hu­man helpers) print bil­lions (left) each year. In the gift shop, find off-the-wall souvenirs like bags of shred­ded bank notes and sheets of ac­tual, though flawed, money. Free tick­ets for tours are avail­able (Mon.- Fri.) on a first- come, first-served ba­sis, start­ing at 8 a.m. at the ticket booth (Raoul Wal­len­berg Place). En­trance at 14th and C sts. NW, 202.874.2330, mon­ey­fac­tory.gov

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