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“Beautiful building ”

United States Department of the Treasury
Reviewed 27 March 2018 via mobile

There is just to see in Washington, I was here when the flowers were just beginning to blooming and was so beautiful I can only imagine how amazing is in the spring.

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Reviewed 22 March 2018 via mobile

First, before I begin sharing information about the actual Treasury building tour… Let me make crystalline clear that this is NOT The Bureau of Engraving and Printing, where they print money, and where everyone and their brother stands in line for that frequently-given and common tour. There is clearly some confusion about that, so if you’re looking for BEP info... it’s better-found under that attraction’s listing and not here.

With that said – I’d like to share with you about our experience on this UNcommon tour. It is only offered two or three times a week, on Saturday mornings, and with limited group size (20 total or less IIRC). You MUST arrange this some weeks in advance, through your Congressperson‘s or Senator’s office… With FBI background check. When you contact your congressional office, the staffer who sets up tours may or may not be familiar with this one, as it is rather unusual for people to ask for it. I was told that ours was the first one our rep had set up in at least a couple years. If the first intern you reach says they don’t do these...ask them to check with someone else. ;)

If you have toured the Pentagon, the State department diplomatic reception rooms, FBI bldg, or the like…The background check process is similar. Actual tour security is pretty serious; remember, the treasury building is right next-door to the White House, and its entrance is less than 100 yards from the WH east entrance. This would explain why they ran the bomb dogs through the building after our tour, I guess!

Like many of these gov bldg tours, there are no photos inside...so you’d have to just take my word that I was leaning on the office door of then-current Secy of Treasury Jack Lew, and was sitting at the grand conference table where world financial leaders circled to stem the 2008 financial crisis. (Both true.)

All docents are either current or former Treasury employees, sharing their deep knowledge of the building and its history on their own free time. They inform you at the beginning of the tour that this is a working building, and that we will be going through actual working offices… So we shouldn’t peep or snoop at papers laying on anyone’s desk. Okey-doke!

The architecture is majestic, as you might expect. You’ll also see the grand room where Grant’s inauguration ball was held, legend Salman P Chase’s office (preserved with his furniture), and Chase’s former secretary’s office which he generously allowed President Andrew Johnson to use as a temporary Oval Office while Mary Lincoln still occupied the WH in mourning (Chase wouldn’t give up his OWN office!)...

You’ll see and go through what used to be THE US Treasury vaults. You’ll walk hallways that echo with the footsteps of legends. And you’ll be one of only a few thousand people a year to go on this tour.

You can also be one of the millions who tour BEP...AND know the difference between the two! ;) Seriously, Treasury is an outstanding and moving tour, well worth the effort to schedule. Please take the time to do so.

1  Thank Dave M
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Reviewed 17 February 2018 via mobile

This is definitely a great landmark you must see when visiting Washington, D.C.
Very nice architecture.

Thank Daniel M
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Reviewed 20 October 2017 via mobile

I love the design of the buildings, it's beautiful. I'm not sure there's a tour for here, but from the outside it is very beautiful.

Definitely deserve a mention.

2  Thank Anthony L
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Reviewed 12 September 2017

This is walk by building unless you make arrangements for a visit through your Congressional offices. Don’t confuse this with the Bureau of Engraving where you can see money being printed. Standing guard in front of the Treasury is Albert Gallatin, the 4th Secretary of the Treasury. On the other sides, you will see a statue of Alexander Hamilton, the first Secretary of the Treasury, and a reproduction of the Liberty Bell. All visitors must enter through the Fifteenth Street entrance.

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