The Mall Beyond the Museums Tour
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Discover hidden gems of the National Mall on this unique tour. Explore beyond the museums and monuments in just two hours.
Duration: 2 hours
Cancellation: 1 day learn more
  • Capitol Hill - Tour begins in front of the Capitol Hill building, at the Ulysses S. Grant Memorial.
  • National Museum of the American Indian - At this stop, guests will learn about the local American Indian tribes that lived in the DC area, and the history of the brothel that used to exist on the land where the museum now stands.
  • National Air and Space Museum - This was the former location of the largest Civil War hospital in DC, where poet Walt Whitman used to visit with and help nurse injured soldiers.
  • Smithsonian Arts + Industries Building - The Arts and Industries Museum was designed by Adolph Cluss, a former Communist and German engineer who built cannons for the Union Army and later constructed buildings all over Washington.
  • Washington Monument - This is the half-way point in the tour, where guests will be able to visit the visitors center, use a bathroom, and purchase souvenirs.
  • Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center - This building stands at the epicenter of DC’s largest 19th center red-light district, Murder Bay. Guest will hear about the brothels and Madams that used to rule this rough and tough neighborhood.
  • Old Post Office Pavilion - This tower of the Old Postal Museum is run by US Park Service and provides views of the city rivaling those of the Washington Memorial, without the wait! Guests will enter to take in the views and surely some stunning pictures.
  • The National Archives Museum - This was location of the first municipal market in Washington, DC, where over 600 stalls provided products to Washingtonian citizens for over 100 years before it was torn down to make way for the National Archives.
  • The National Council of Negro Women - This building held the 2nd headquarter of the National Council of Negro Women, founded by activist and suffragist Mary McLeod Bethune. The building is the first black owned building on Pennsylvania Avenue.
What's Included
  • Experienced tour guide sharing lesser-known history of the National Mall
What's Not Included
  • Snacks
Additional Information

The National Mall is known for museums, monuments, and memory on a national scale. However, the “People’s Park,” as it is sometimes known, contains a history that goes well beyond these massive edifices. Explore a different side of the National Mall while still seeing the major sites, such as Capitol Hill, the Washington Monument, the Smithsonian Castle, and more. 

This tour visits the exterior of several well-known landmarks on the Mall and enters a couple of lesser-known sites. Perfect as a complementary activity to a visit to the Capitol Building, or any of the Smithsonian Museums, this tour is ideal for guests who enjoy off-the-beaten-path and unique historical information.

This tour is approximately two hours, and circles around the primary part of the National Mall, with a halfway stop in front of the Washington Memorial for a bathroom break and an opportunity to purchase souvenirs, water, or snacks.

Ulysses S. Grant Memorial
The closest metro station is the Federal Center SW station on the blue, orange, and silver lines, or the Judiciary Square station on the red line.
Cancellation Policy

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

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May 8, 2024
Intresting tour - Our tour guide's knowledge of the city and engaging personality made history come alive. She shared fascinating details, from hidden museum gems to quirky anecdotes, making the tour both informative and entertaining. Would recommend to DC locals or tourists, if you want to go beyond a typical museum visit.
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Mar 28, 2024
Check out this tour! - This tour was great! A really interesting way to see the Mall with new eyes. The guide covers lesser known details of a famous landmark and is really engaging. Highly recommend!
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up to 15 guests
1 Adult
July 2024