Guided tour

National Museum of Natural History Guided Tour

4.8 / 5

9 reviews

National Museum of Natural History Guided Tour

From US$ 83.74 per person

Get up close with the natural world’s most stunning surprises during a 2.5-hour tour of this world-class museum. Let the passionate & engaging personal guide introduce you to the museum’s highlights as you discover the wonders of both land and sea.

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
Use your phone or print your voucher
Duration 2 - 2.5 hours
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Live tour guide
English
Private or small groups available

Experience

The experience
  • Choose between small group or private tour options
  • Marvel at the Hope Diamond - one of the world's most famous jewels
  • Wonder at the Dom Pedro Aquamarine - the worlds largest gem of its type
  • See real mummies
  • Learn the story behind Phoenix, a 45-ton whale
Full description
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.
Includes
  • Professional guide
  • 2.5-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

You 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
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You must fill out a travel information form

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Participants

Date

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Meeting point

Meeting point varies depending on option booked.

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
  • For semi-private tours, a minimum of 2 participants are required. If this minimum is not met, a refund or an alternative date will be offered
  • The National History 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

4.8 /5

based on 9 reviews

Review summary

  • Value for money
    4.7/5
  • Service
    5/5
  • Organization
    5/5

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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!

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April 27, 2019

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.

August 2, 2021

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.

August 1, 2021

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