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National Museum of Natural History Guided Tour

1. National Museum of Natural History Guided Tour

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. Your local English speaking guide will be an expert on the museum who will share a mix of historical & scientific information, background stories and surprising details with you.  Tour highlights: • The 46-karat Hope Diamond • The glowing Dom Pedro Aquamarine and the Star of Asia Sapphire • Real mummies • The Ocean Hall, where a real life coral reef exhibit brings the sea to you • The replica of Phoenix, a 45-ton whale that the museum has been following in the wild • The Fossil Lab • The Arctic Narwhal • Giraffes, elephants, polar bears and other land giants on display With over 126 million artifacts housed in the collection, you’ll be thankful to your passionate, and engaging guide for navigating you, bringing a personal touch to each tour, adding own favorite anecdotes and tips along the way.

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Washington DC: Museum of Natural History Tour for Families

2. Washington DC: Museum of Natural History Tour for Families

Enjoy a private family-friendly tour of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History on the National Mall, which can be customized based on your family's interests. Partake in interactive kid-friendly activities such as holding bugs at the insect zoo and marvel at the beloved Dinosaur Hall and the mummies exhibit.  Discover the enormous collection of natural gems and minerals, artifacts of early human civilizations, a live coral reef, and much more. Explore alongside an expert guide and learn behind the scene facts about one of the biggest and most visited natural history museums in the world.

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Washington DC: Private Tour of Two Smithsonian Museums

3. Washington DC: Private Tour of Two Smithsonian Museums

Walk through the halls of history with a guided tour of the Smithsonian museums in Baltimore. Explore the National Museum of Natural History and the National Museum of American History on this 3-hour private tour. Start your tour at the National Museum of American History. Here, admire artifacts that tell the story of America's political history, with an emphasis on American women's history and Latino American history. View national treasures including original pictures of survivors of the Titanic and the flag that flew during the Battle of Baltimore. Wander through the museum, learning about medical advancement, segregation, and the breakthroughs made by female mathematicians, artists, and artisans. Continue to the Museum of Natural History and explore the permanent exhibits of volcanic rock, rare gemstones, and dinosaurs. Marvel at the Hope Diamond, one of the most famous jewels in the world and see an intact T-Rex fossil among others. Watch a short film depicting the history of mammals and explore earth's many ecosystems, including the Sant Ocean Hall, and observe some of the smallest and largest animals in the oceans.

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What people are saying about Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

We had a blast with our guide Brenda! She went out of her way to engage our whole family in each area of the museum, pointing out the different exhibits and the most interesting facts based on our interests. Other people stopped to listen everywhere we went. This was our first visit and I feel the experience was definitely worth it. Skipping the opening lines was also a big plus!

Our family enjoyed this tour. Tony was a great guide. We saw everything we wanted to see and learned a lot. Tony was very responsive to questions and gave us suggestions on what to see around DC. Highly recommend.

Brenda was very knowledgeable and a joy to be our guide. We tried to book a second tour of the Air and Space Museum with Brenda, but sadly she was booked.

Very knowledgeable and made the tour a very interesting one to follow. Would recommend!

Great to have a guide to keep our teenagers engaged with the exhibits.