Guided tour

Natural History Museum & National Gallery of Art Guided Tour

Activity provider: Babylon Tours DC
Guided tour

Natural History Museum & National Gallery of Art Guided Tour

Activity provider: Babylon Tours DC

From US$ 179.14 per person

Experience both nature and art on this combo tour of two of DC's most iconic galleries – the National Museum of Natural History and the National Gallery of Art. This tour will introduce you to the highlights of these world-famous collections.

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Duration 5 - 5.5 hours
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Live tour guide
Small group
Limited to 8 participants


  • Enjoy guided tours of two of Washington's must-visit museums
  • Marvel at the Hope Diamond, one of the world's most famous jewels
  • Come face-to-face with real mummies
  • See the famous painting of “George Washington” by Gilbert Stuart
  • Admire the "Self Portrait" by Vincent Van Gogh and “Woman with a Parasol” by Claude Monet
Full description
With more than 126 million artifacts housed in the National Museum of Natural History, and approximately 141,000 works of art to see in the collection of the National Gallery of Art, this guided 5-hour tour will make sure you get to see the absolute highlights. More than just storytellers, your passionate and engaging guide will approach touring in a different way bringing a personal touch to each tour, and being sure to answer all your questions.  The 5-hour combination tour starts at the National Museum of Natural History. The collection is housed in a purpose-built structure that covers the area of 18 football fields, but your guide will be there to make sure you don’t waste a second exploring the best parts. See an amazing array of wonders from the 46-karat Hope Diamond, to real mummies, to an arctic narwhal and everything else in-between. After a break for lunch, visit the National Gallery of Art for a guided highlights tour of an eclectic mix of art of Renaissance artists, the French Impressionists and great American painters, all under one roof. Your guide will make sure you get to see such famous works of art as "Ginevra de’ Benci" by Leonardo da Vinci, "Little Dancer" by Edgar Degas, the famous portrait of "George Washington" by Gilbert Stuart and much more.
  • Expert guide
  • 2-hour highlights tour of the National Museum of Natural History
  • 2-hour highlights tour of the National Gallery of Art
  • Private or semi-private group tour of no more than 8 people
  • Wheelchair tours (by request only)
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Food and drinks
  • Temporary exhibits
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card

Not allowed

  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  •  Please bring valid photo ID
  • A maximum of 8 people are permitted on each tour
  • Semi-private tours require a minimum of 2 participants to run. In the event this is not reached, you will be offered a full refund or an alternative date.
  • The museums may be subject to occasional closures without previous warning from the museum management - when this occurs, guests will be provided with an appropriate alternative if a museum opening time is delayed more than 1-hour from the tour starting time
  • 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
  • Some specific rooms inside the museum are subject to rules requiring quiet or restricted right to speak inside, guests will be informed of these rules beforehand
  • Collections and highlights may vary
Customer reviews

Overall rating

5 /5

based on 4 reviews

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Every tour we have taken with a Babylon guide has been above bar.

April 13, 2022

Meghan was wonderful and very knowledgeable. Great tour, great job.

October 2, 2021

Excellent experience with Donna as our guide.

May 29, 2019

Product ID: 128205