Do you have kids who love money? Who doesn’t! We toured the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in Fort Worth last week and my kids really enjoyed it. You’re not allowed to bring cell phones or cameras inside, so you’ll have to make do with this outside photo!
There are three parts to this tour. A large exhibit area, a movie, and the actual production facility. The exhibits show you the history of paper currency in the United States. There are several hands-on activities in this area including “find the flaw,” magnifiers you control, a giant puzzle and several short videos. The movie is very informative and explains what you’ll be seeing when you tour the production facility.
The big part of your visit is the production facility. Each person gets a hand-held speaker that explains what you’re seeing at the nine stops on the self-guided tour. You walk through a glass-enclosed area above the production floor and can see entire process step by step. Employees often stop and wave, especially at the kids. We were really impressed by the giant machines, large stacks of bill sheets and all the American flags employees have taped to the machines. They are a proud bunch. Of course, there is also a gift shop with posters, t-shirts, items made from shredded currency and more.
The tour is free and so is parking. You park just past the facility and take a small bus through the gates after passing through security. We were there for about 90 minutes, then we out to lunch. It was a fun and educational place that I’d recommend for school-aged kids and adults.
Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Western Currency Facility
9000 Blue Mound Road
Fort Worth, TX
open Tuesday – Friday