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Washington, DC: Old Town Trolley City Tour

1. Washington, DC: Old Town Trolley City Tour

Climb aboard the Old Town Trolley and enjoy a comprehensive tour of Washington. Listen to the colorful anecdotes, humorous stories, and well-researched historical information your guide has to share. Upgrade to include a tram tour of Arlington Cemetery and a boat cruise on the Potomac River Sit back while expert tour guides help you discover the beauty and majesty of Washington, D.C. This popular tour covers Washington's major attractions such as the Lincoln Memorial, the White House, the museums of the Smithsonian Institution, and the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial.  The trolley will make one stop along the tour route at the Abraham Lincoln Memorial. While off the trolley, you can visit the Lincoln Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial, and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall. You will have 30 minutes to explore the area while your guide and the trolley wait for you. Please see below the list of attractions and memorials that you will see on the tour: • Washington Welcome Center • The White House • National Archives • National Law Enforcement Museum • Union Station • U.S. Capitol • Smithsonian Air & Space Museum • The Wharf • International Spy Museum • Holocaust Memorial Museum • Jefferson Memorial • FDR Memorial • Lincoln Memorial • National Museum of American History • Smithsonian Museum of Natural History • National Gallery of Art • National Portrait Gallery

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Washington DC: Smithsonian American Art Museum Private Tour

2. Washington DC: Smithsonian American Art Museum Private Tour

Explore the Smithosonian American Art Museum and the National Portrait Gallery with your own private tour guide. Take advantage of a knowledgeable, expert guide to one of the world's largest and most inclusive collections of art. Enjoy visiting these two outstanding collections, both under the same roof in the vast Old Patent Office Building. Discover works of art from the colonial period to the present day, in a collection which features more than 7,000 artists.

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National Portrait Gallery & American Art Museum Guided Tour

3. National Portrait Gallery & American Art Museum Guided Tour

The building itself is a marvel, once a Civil War Era hospital where famed poet Walt Whitman helped injured soldiers. Today, his portrait joins thousands of others in this building, which has flirted with art exhibits since 1829, before becoming a dedicated museum. The National Portrait Gallery features portraits of the great women and men who helped build the United States. Presidents and first ladies are on display, as well as famous military leaders of the Civil War, like Grant and Sherman. Discover 19th Century daguerreotypes, early photographs, before exploring the Robber Barons and Suffragettes of the early 20th Century. Afterwards, move on to the American Art Museum where artists like Mary Cassatt, a beloved Impressionist, are on display. You’ll explore big names like Edward Hopper and David Hockney in front of some of their iconic paintings. Georgia O’Keeffe’s provocative flowers will spark conversations as much as the slightly odd portrait of former president Obama. Learn about the WPA-era photographs that helped define a nation during the Great Depression, as well as more modern works that will leave you scratching your head, until your expert guide helps bring it all into focus.

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What people are saying about National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 29 reviews

One of the best experiences we have ever had! We Absolutely love Washington and this tour was incredible. Doug was a great teller. In the evening, we did this tour but the Monuments by night with Mr. History. Mind blowing, Incredible. The best best best decision to do this. Thank you!!!! highly recommend.

Michael was great. He was knowledgeable and entertaining. He kept our 10 year old and 2 adults engaged for 2 hours in the Art museum. Thank you.

The guide was amazing and knowledgeable on the history of our nation.

It was really a great time with an awesome driver/touir

Very informative. Driver was funny. Highly teccomend