Smithsonian Museum: Private Natural History Tour
335 Ratings

Take part in a 2-hour privileged guided journey around the National Museum of Natural History, showcasing unique wonders from across the globe. The tour will take you through the rocks, mammals, and mummies that have been captivating visitors for more than a hundred years.

Duration: 2 hours
Cancellation: 1 day learn more
  • Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History - Your guide will take you to visit the highlights of the collection, housed in a massive building that covers the area of 18 football fields. Gaze into the world-famous Hope Diamond, whose brilliant blue sparkle, and immodest size at 46 karats, captured the attention of former owner Marie Antoinette. Wander through the displays of gems and minerals, including the Dom Pedro Aquamarine, the world’s largest gem of its type, which glows brilliantly from within. Travel back in time to learn about death rituals while exploring real mummies from Ancient Egypt. Then step out of the past into the wild, exploring the mighty polar bears, elephants, and giraffes that roam across earth’s surface. From the land, jump into the sea at the Ocean Hall, where you’ll discover a live coral reef exhibit as well as a 45-ton whale, Phoenix, which is a replica of a real living what that the museum tracks. By the end, you’ll understand why so many people come to visit the 126.5 million artefacts housed at the National Museum of Natural History.
What's Included
  • Duration: 2-hour exclusive tour
  • Personal tour guide included
  • Wheelchair accessible (limitations apply)
  • Educational guided museum tour
What's Not Included
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Additional Information
  • It is imperative that you provide us with guests MOBILE PHONE NUMBER (including country code)
  • Notes: Natural History Museum and other attractions or museums in DC may be subjected to occasional closures without previous warning from the museum management. When this occurs, we will provide guests with an appropriate alternative if the museum opening time is delayed more than 1h from the tour starting time. In these cases we are unable to provide refunds or discounts. Appropriate dress is required for entry into some sites on this tour. No large bags or suitcases are allowed inside the museum, only handbags or small thin bag packs are allowed through security. Due to increased security measures at many attractions some lines may form on tours with ‘Skip the Line’ or ‘No Wait’ access. Some specific rooms inside the museum are subjected to a very quiet or restricted right to speak inside, in this cases your guide will provide the information about this places before entering the specific rooms where this rule applies. Some collections may vary along the year.
1010 Madison Dr NW
Madison Drive Northwest
Meet your guide on the large stairs at the Madison Drive NW entrance of the Museum of Natural History, facing the lawn of the National Mall.
Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

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Mar 24, 2024
Richard the BEST! - Richard is the best made me feel special lots of knowledge intricate details .Richard if your in Arizona look me up you have a place to stay !
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Mar 24, 2024
Worth the money - Small group with teens. Having a guide made the time spent focused and easy. Worth the money. Definitely recommend.
Review provided by Viator
Mar 24, 2024
Great tour! - Stephen was a great guide. Adjusted the tour to accommodate the areas we wanted to spend more time in…great pace and thorough knowledge of the museum.
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Mar 18, 2024
Tour of the Natural History Museum - Brenda was a wonderful tour guide. Extremely knowledgeable on a variety of topics. She was engaging and energetic the entire tour, helped us take many amazing photos and really enriched our Smithsonian experience. I would highly recommend using her to anyone interested in getting the most out of their DC museum adventurers.
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Mar 18, 2024
Approachable History - Chris was extremely knowledgeable and presented history in a compelling and understandable manner. There was a young child on our tour who he was particularly good with as well as a guest whose first language was not English.
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Mar 17, 2024
Amazing tour guide - Richard was our tour guide and was very knowledgeable about the museum and its contents. Very accommodating to an 11 year old.
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Mar 16, 2024
Tour - Today we had a semi-private tour with Brenda!! She was so amazing and knowledgeable! We had a great time learning and making friends! Brenda was fantastic!!
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Mar 13, 2024
Guided tours are the best - We had been on this tour almost 2 years ago with family members and the tour guide was excellent. So on the way to DC we thought wouldn’t it be great if somehow we have the same tour guide. And as luck would have it we did! Leigh is excellent, she’s very knowledgeable and passionate about the museum. Of course the museum itself is wonderful with so many things to see and she guided us through with her expertise. We were there during a very busy time, a lot of kids on spring break, but it still was fine. We have visited several Smithsonian museums, and the Museum of Natural History is our favorite. We would definitely suggest touring the museum with a guide. They add so much more to your experience with more detail about the exhibits than reading the info posted.
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Mar 9, 2024
Family Guide for Smithsonian - Stephen provided a lot of knowledge and information that we would not have gotten if we didn’t have a guide.
Review provided by Viator
Mar 20, 2024
Too much for what we received - The guide wasn’t well versed about the exhibits. When asked a question he would look at plaque on exhibits or simple say idk The price being paid I would expect someone knowledgeable or who was at least willing to look up the answer
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up to 15 guests
1 Adult
May 2024