Smithsonian Museum Tour: Semi-Private American History Exploration
108 Ratings
Embark on a 2.5-hour semi-private guided tour of the National Museum of American History and delve into the fascinating and diverse history of the United States. Explore captivating exhibits with passionate guides in a small group setting.
Duration: 2 hours, 30 minutes
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  • National Museum of American History - Assemble for this 2.5 hour, intimate-group tour at the National Museum of American History slightly ahead of your scheduled departure. Choose from two available departure times for this experience.\n\nFrom a motley crew of settlers to a leading global power, the United States has certainly carved out a significant presence. The National Museum of American History charts this journey through a distinctive array of artifacts, including the very flag that sparked the nation’s anthem. Gain insights into the life of the inaugural president, George Washington, by observing his sword, and explore the influence of Hollywood on the nation’s identity with Dorothy’s iconic ruby slippers.\n\nAdditionally, explore the expansive exhibit of first ladies’ attire and the Greensboro lunch counter, a symbol of the Civil Rights Movement. This tour offers a deep dive into the thrilling and sometimes contentious past of this expansive nation.
What's Included
  • Semi-Private Museum Tour
  • Duration 2.5 Hours
  • Professional Tour Guide
  • ‘Semi-Private’ Means Group Size Is Never More Than 8 Guests Maximum
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

Get ready for a 2.5 hours long semi-private (limited to 8 participants) guided exploration of National Museum of American History, where you can immerse yourself in the comparatively brief yet incredibly profound history of the USA. Our enthusiastic tour guides will accompany a limited group of no more than 8 people through some of the most enchanting exhibits in this unique museum.

  • It is imperative that you provide us with guests MOBILE PHONE NUMBER (including country code)
  • A maximum of 8 people per tour allowed
  • Minimum numbers apply. This tour will not run without a minimum of 2 guests to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund.
  • Notes: American 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.
Smithsonian National Museum of American History
Constitution Avenue Northwest
Meet by the fountain in front of Constitution Ave Entrance
Cancellation Policy

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

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May 17, 2024
A Terrific Smithsonian - Maribeth is a natural story-teller, which is a trait that you'd hope for in a tour guide. American history is a natural page-turner, and Maribeth helps it come alive, even moreso. But she's also a gifted organizer, which benefits everyone in her group, whether they realize it or not.
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May 3, 2024
Natural History Extravaganza - My husband and I were guided by Christopher through the Natural History museum and had a PHENOMENAL time! Christopher was highly knowledgeable and passionate about the museum displays, and his enthusiasm was infectious. He was intentional about his guided tour and took care to ensure we visited exhibits that piqued our interests.Two and a half hours flew by! We would highly recommend Babylon tours to anyone wanting to further explore and receive in-depth information from a consummate professional!
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May 3, 2024
Informative Portrait Tour - The tour was very informative and held our interest throughout The 2.5 hours flew by. We could have gone more. We certainly will be back.
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May 2, 2024
Outstanding - Our guide Leigh was outstanding. She made the exhibits come alive with her telling of the stories which made those exhibits important. She was particularly perfect for our 10 year old grandson, who she patiently engaged with to keep his interest and attention, and made the museum an experience he will remember.
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Apr 26, 2024
History is alive! - Our guide Brenda was terrific! So knowledgeable and helpful. She helped us understand every exhibit we saw and gave us the context for eras and their significance in American history. We could ask questions and she clarified several historical events while we saw the actual artifacts from history. We had a great day!
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Apr 9, 2024
All the info and kept my 7yo engaged !! - My 7 yo son and I had a wonderful time on this tour. It was the right amount of time and information to keep him engaged. Kate was a good sport and let him ask all the questions he wanted in the hall of fossils!
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Apr 2, 2024
Great guide! - We had a very empathetic and well-read guide who extracted the tidbits of American history for us. We are very satisfied.
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Mar 26, 2024
Smithsonian National Museum of American History - Our tour guide Richard, was outgoing and extremely informative. We completed (3) different tours in our short stay in Washington, and this was by far the most enjoyable one.
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Mar 25, 2024
Washington visit - Rebecca was fantastic. So much to see and she hit all the right top things to see as well as providing some interesting details. She is extremely knowledgeable about American history.
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Mar 24, 2024
Amazing Smithsonian Museum Tour with Annemarie! - We thoroughly enjoyed our Smithsonian Museum tour!!! Annemarie was amazing, so knowledgeable about American history and made the experience very memorable. Highly recommend this tour and Annemarie as a tour guide!!!
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up to 15 guests
1 Adult
July 2024