See billions of dollars at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing’s (BEP) state-of-the-art Tour and Visitor Center located in Fort Worth, Texas. As the U.S. Government’s security printer, the BEP is responsible for the design, engraving, and printing of all U.S. paper currency. Over half of the nation’s currency order is produced in Fort Worth. Visitors have the opportunity to walk through two floors of interactive exhibits and displays, view the high-definition theater movie, take a free self-guided tour on the elevated tour walkway, and purchase uncut currency and souvenir items in the Moneyfactory Gift Shop.
The first level of the visitor center showcases exhibits and displays dedicated to the history of U.S. paper currency and the history of the BEP, both in Fort Worth and Washington D.C. Also featured on the first level is a recently restored, fully operational, turn-of-the-century spider press as is a fully stocked engraver’s work bench. Both the press and the bench are utilized for special events to give visitors an insight into both Intaglio printing and the engraving process. Additions to the first level are a display which allows visitors to touch engraved plates, a million dollar “Do The Math” display, and a graduated “tower” of shredded currency entitled “How Tall Are You Worth?” While on the first level, guests may shop at the Moneyfactory Gift Shop.
A quick trip by elevator or escalator transports the visitor to the second level of exhibits and displays. The theater is the first stop where “The Buck Starts Here,” a high-definition, 14-minute educational film on the production of currency is shown. Coming out of the theater, guests receive a guided tour on the quarter-mile long elevated walkway overlooking the currency production floor. Upon finishing the guided tour, visitors can interact with exhibits highlighting each section of currency production. Exhibits provide information on Platemaking and Engraving, and continue with Offset, Intaglio Plate Printing, Mechanical Examination, and COPE Operations, and end with Packaging Operations. Continuously looped worker videos give the visitor an opportunity to see interviews with production employees and see the sights and hear the sounds of
the production floor. A giant $20 bill turns on sequentially in the order of the production process, beginning with the paper layer. Text and photo panels give details about the paper and ink used and the roles of the electro-machinists and
management control. A mutilated currency redemption area on the west end of the second level provides visitors with information about what is involved in the redemption of mutilated currency.
Getting to the Tour and Visitor Center is easy. Guests are transported from the Transfer Station on Blue Mound Road to the Visitor Center on a shuttle. The Tour and Visitor Center is open Tuesday through Friday, excluding Federal holidays, as follows:
Hours of Operation:
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
- Public and Group Tours
8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Tours are available in American Sign Language and Spanish upon request. Assisted listening devices are on-hand for use in the theater by the hearing-impaired as are audio description wands for the exhibits and displays to assist the sight-impaired. Wheelchairs are also available. The Bureau of Engraving and Printing is a secure facility; all visitors, including children, are required to pass through security screening. Cameras, video equipment, tape recorders, cell phones, food and drinks are not permitted on the premises. The free, 45-minute tours may be arranged by calling the tour scheduler at (817) 231-4000 in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area or toll-free at (866) 865-1194 (For either line, press 2 to speak directly with the tour scheduler).