1. United States
  2. Washington, DC
  3. Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Washington DC: Smithsonian Natural History Museum Tour

Product ID: 227503
Join an expert local guide for an in-depth tour of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, one of the world’s most popular museums, and explore the many fascinating artifacts and historic treasures.
About this activity
Duration: 2 hours
Skip the ticket line
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English
Wheelchair accessible
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Get an overview of the world’s most popular natural history museum
  • See some of the most famous items including the Hope Diamond and giant squid
  • Hear fascinating stories and information from a local guide
  • Enjoy a small group experience of no more than 12 people
Full description
After a brief introduction to the museum by your local guide, make your way to the Hall of Mammals. While the majority of the animals died from old age, you can check out the white rhino shot by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1909. Then, move on to the Morganucodon oelheri, one of the earliest known mammals that lived during the age of the dinosaurs. In the Sant Ocean Hall, you’ll meet the giant megalodon and see the right whale and the giant squid.

Next on the agenda is the Hall of Human Origins, the newest exhibit in the museum where your guide will give you some time to explore on your own before moving on to the next room. Continue with the evolutionary theme by spending some time with Lucy, a famous early human relative from Africa and the famous Neanderthal skeleton. Space is next in the World at Night, a composite image taken by NASA in 2003 consisting of thousands of satellite images showing the world at night with no clouds.

At Dino Hall, check out the T. rex and triceratops fossils and learn a little about paleontology. Geology and gems are next where you’ll see the cursed Hope Diamond, the world’s largest aquamarine gem and a beautiful Inquisition-era necklace with a fascinating backstory.

Your final stop will be the Q?rius Gallery, the 21st-century part of the museum, where you are encouraged to explore, examine, and touch historical objects to find out more about them. Your tour ends here, close to the museum’s restaurant should you wish to indulge in some refreshments.
Includes
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Museum access
What’s Not Included
  • Food and drinks

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

In the lobby of the Madison Drive entrance of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History under the large Elephant (Henry) in the center of the Rotunda.

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Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Comfortable clothes
Know before you go
• You will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people
• This is a child-friendly tour
• Children between the ages of 6 and 11 are permitted on this tour at the rate listed
• Children under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour free of charge
• If there is a government shutdown, or if the government closes due to inclement weather, the museum may be closed
• The tour itinerary is very flexible depending on the needs and interests of the group
• The itinerary doesn’t consider temporary exhibits, although the route taken around the museum will take in the temporary exhibit space
• Itinerary will be updated when the renovations are completed to the permanent Dinosaur Hall, a full wing of the museum that is currently closed
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Julia was our tour guide and she was absolutely amazing. Knowledgeable and she answered all our questions.

January 22, 2020

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Urban Adventures Americas

Product ID: 227503