Smithsonian National Museum of Air & Space: Guided Tour

Smithsonian National Museum of Air & Space: Guided Tour

From $79.50 per person

Enjoy a 1.5 hour guided highlights tour of the most visited museum in the USA – covering everything from the early history of flight to the Space Race and moon landings. Let your dashing, enthusiastic personal guide help you maximize your experience.

About this activity

Free cancellation
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund
Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
Mobile ticketing
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Duration 1.5 - 2 hours
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Live tour guide
English
Private or small groups available

Experience

Highlights
  • Choose between small group or private tour options
  • See the historic Wright Brothers Flyer & Spirit of St Louis
  • Explore a model of the International Space Station
  • See the Apollo 11 Command Module and touch some moon rock
Full description
The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum doesn’t just cover extraterrestrial exploration. It covers everything from the early history of flight to the Space Race and moon landings. Your local English speaking guide will not only be an expert on the museum, but they will also share a mix of historical & scientific information, background stories and surprising details with you.   Tour highlights:  • Seeing the Apollo 11 Command Module • Touching real moon rocks • Learning about Buzz Aldrin’s spacesuit and moon boots • Exploring a model of the International Space Station • Seeing world-famous early planes like the 1903 Wright Brother’s aircraft and the Spirit of St. Louis • Discovering the history of the world’s leading air & space program and the innovative technology that made it possible to land a man on the moon • Getting the chance to purchase freeze-dried ice cream • Learning what it's like to be an astronaut today With over 760,000 square feet of space in the collection, you’ll be thankful for your passionate and engaging guide for navigating you, bringing a personal touch to each tour, adding their own favorite anecdotes and tips along the way. Please note: the Air and Space Museum is currently under massive construction and will remain so for many years. This means that many of the exhibits described may not be on display. The tour will be adjusted based on the changing stages of the renovation and the available exhibits. Here is a link to the museum's website if you would like an updated list of what you may see during your visit: https://airandspace.si.edu/exhibitions/now-view. Thank you for understanding.
Includes
  • Professional guide
  • 1.5 hour walking tour
  • Private or small 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
Covid-19 precautions

Customers must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • Customers must bring their own headphones
  • Customers are required to bring and wear masks
  • Customers must fill out a travel information form
  • Customers will get a mandatory temperature check

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Participants

Date

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Meeting point

Meet your guide by the sculpture in front of the Independence Ave entrance to the museum 10-15 minutes prior to your start time. If you have trouble finding the meeting point, please contact your guide directly (text, WhatsApp or call). An email with their contact details will be sent the night before the tour.

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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
  • Small group tours will not run without a minimum of 2 participants. In this event, a refund or alternative date will be offered
  • National Air and Space Museum 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 the museum opening time is delayed more than 1 hour from the tour starting time. In these cases the supplier is unable to provide refunds or discounts
  • Appropriate dress is required for entry into some sites on this tour
  • 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. In these cases your guide will provide the information about the rooms contents before entering the specific rooms where this rule applies
  • Some collections may vary
Customer reviews

Overall rating

5 / 5

based on 10 reviews

Review summary

  • Value for money
    4.8/5
  • Service
    5.0/5
  • Organization
    4.9/5
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Informative and interesting

Jeff was a wealth of knowledge and interest. We learned so much and enjoyed the interactive communication throughout the tour. He was accommodating to the adults, teen, and child... answering all our questions and providing facts in an interesting and inquisitive manner. Such an amazing learning oppportunity, and look forward to our next visit! Thank you for such an incredible tour!!

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May 29, 2018

Great guide great time thanks

June 9, 2019

Excellent. Exceptional. Amazing.

Leigh was the best!

November 2, 2018

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