Bureau Of Engraving And Printing - Fort Worth
The BEPís public Tour and Visitor Center located in Fort Worth, Texas is a great place
to learn about U.S. currency. Visitors can see where billions of dollars are printed from
an enclosed walkway, which is suspended above the production floor! Over half of the
nation's currency order is produced in Fort Worth. Available before or after the free
self-guided tour, the experience includes an informative theater film, and visitors have
the opportunity to walk through two floors of interactive exhibits and displays showcasing
currency history and the intricate art of currency manufacturing. Also located in the
visitor center is the Moneyfactory Gift Shop where the public can purchase souvenir
items including uncut currency sheets and other specialty currency products. Restrooms
and vending machines are available.
The Fort Worth Tour and Visitor Center is closed on Mondays, weekends, federal holidays,
and as an efficiency measure, is also closed the week between Christmas and New Yearís Day.
The BEP is a federal government organization and adheres to closure, late arrival or
early dismissal guidance issued by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM).
For up-to-date opening and closing information, please telephone the Fort Worth Tour
and Visitor Center locally at (817) 231-4000 or toll-free at (866) 865-1194, and press
2 to speak directly with the tour scheduler during regular business hours. Please be
advised that tour policies and hours are subject to change without public notification.
During public tour walkway closures, visitors can still enjoy two floors of interactive
exhibits and displays showcasing the history of paper currency and the intricacies of
the currency production process. They can also visit the Moneyfactory gift shop, which
features unique items including uncut currency sheets, shredded currency, and novelty
items for purchase.
Additionally, visitors can watch the educational film "The Buck Starts Here" in the
theater, followed by a briefing by the tour guides about the Large Examining and
Printing Equipment (LEPE), our newest technology that produces 50-subject currency
sheets. Fun facts about the BEP and activities for children will be available and
visitors can see how currency was printed circa 1900 as plate printers conduct special
printing demonstrations using a refurbished 19th century spider press.