You will see more money printed in one hour-long tour at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing than you may ever see in your lifetime. This federal agency, housed under the umbrella of the United States Department of the Treasury, makes paper money for the country. It does not print coins – that responsibility lies with the United States Mint.
Tours of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing walk visitors through the money-printing process and explain how the U.S. money system works. Visitors also learn about the history of counterfeit money and ways that the government has made paper money more secure. In addition to printing money, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing designs and engraves all paper money. Additional duties include producing Treasury securities and many types of identification cards for government agencies.