Smithsonian Museum Tour: Explore Natural History
143 Ratings

Become a part of a 2-hour guided journey through the National Museum of Natural History that caters to a group of no more than 8 guests. Explore the fascinating world of minerals, mammals, and mummies that have been captivating spectators for more than 100 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
  • 2-hour tour duration
  • Semi-private museum experience
  • Expert guidance by a professional art historian
  • Small group size with a maximum of 8 guests
What's Not Included
  • Tour price does NOT include hotel pickup or drop-off (we recommend UBER or Taxi)
  • Tour price does NOT include gratuities (optional)
  • Tour is NOT available for those with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair
Additional Information
  • It is imperative that you provide us with guests MOBILE PHONE NUMBER (including country code)
  • A maximum of 8 people permitted per tour allowed
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved, comfortable clothing and shoes recommended
  • Notes: National Museum of Natural History 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.

Customer Ratings
(143 Ratings)
5 stars
4 stars
3 stars
2 stars
1 star
May 22, 2024
Brenda is Awesome! - Brenda was knowledgeable and entertaining! She was super friendly and had a lot of great facts and stories about the exhibits! We had a wonderful time! Would go again!
Review provided by Tripadvisor
May 21, 2024
Great guided tour for 2.5 hours starting on opening time - Brenda was quite knowledgeable of the museum exhibits and responsive when contacted prior to our arrival. Definitely an enjoyable experience for myself and wife, just wish it could be longer and cover more exhibits.
Review provided by Tripadvisor
May 18, 2024
Don’t miss this tour and hopefully Brenda will be your guide! - This tour was such an impressive 2.5 hours of the highlights of the Museum of Natural History full of interesting stories and facts. Sometimes these large museums can be overwhelming but Brenda did a great job of showcasing the highlights. Wait until you hear the story behind the Hope Diamond! Super job Brenda!
Review provided by Tripadvisor
Apr 27, 2024
This a must! - I loved my guide. She was so knowledgeable and great story teller. It was worth every penny. I will definitely do this again in the future.
Review provided by Tripadvisor
Apr 25, 2024
From diamonds to shark teeth! - Our guide was committed to getting us the best possible experience at the Smithsonian and she did it! We covered many highlights and got an orientation to the whole museum at the end. What a wonderful place!
Review provided by Tripadvisor
Apr 22, 2024
Would recommend! - This museum is a must see when in DC. Our guide, Brenda, was very knowledgeable and passionate about showing us the very best the museum had to offer. We feel there is never enough time but she did a great job of maximizing our visit. Great tour!
Review provided by Tripadvisor
Apr 21, 2024
Thank you so much - I was with my daughter. And the guide, Brenda was kind and tried to explain in many ways to understand us. Especially my daughter love your guide. Thank you so much and I want to tour again.
Review provided by Tripadvisor
Apr 20, 2024
Great Experience - Kate was a great tour guide who really made the stories and exhibits come to life. The Smithsonian Museums can feel overwhelming but having a guide to help point out some of the exhibits and the stories makes for such a wonderful experience!
Review provided by Tripadvisor
Apr 15, 2024
Worth it - Amazing information and hit all of the highlights of the museum. Tour guide was very friendly and had additional material to add value to the tour.
Review provided by Tripadvisor
Mar 30, 2024
Great and informative tour! - Richard was so informative and was a wealth of knowledge for all things air and space! We highly recommend him and the tour company to get extra insights.
Review provided by Tripadvisor
Select Date and Tickets
up to 8 guests
1 Adult
July 2024