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National Museum of American History: Guided Tour

Product ID: 127859
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Enjoy a 2.5-hour guided highlights tour of the National Museum of American History, tracing the American experience from colonial times to the present. Your passionate expert guide will take you to some of the most captivating pieces.
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Duration: 2 - 2.5 hours
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  • Choose between small group or private tour options
  • See the Original Star Spangled Banner and George Washington's Sword
  • Admire Dorothy’s Ruby red slippers from “The Wizard of Oz”
  • See gowns worn by "First Ladies" over the years
  • See the Greensboro Lunch Counter – a touch point of the Civil Rights Movement
Full description
From a ragtag group of colonists to one of the world’s super powers, the United States has made quite a name for itself. The Smithsonian National Museum of American History traces this ascent through a one-of-a-kind collection of items, helping you to understand this turbulent history. Your local English speaking guide will not only be an expert on the museum, but also share a mix of historical, scientific, cultural, social, technological, and political information, background stories and surprising details with you.

Tour highlights:

• The actual Star-Spangled Banner that inspired the country’s national anthem
• Learn about the first president, George Washington, while viewing his sword
• Discover how Hollywood has helped shape this country
• Dorothy’s ruby red slippers from “The Wizard of Oz”
• Discuss segregation through the Greensboro lunch counter
• View Thomas Jefferson’s desk
• Understand the role of women through an exhibit of the first ladies’ gowns

With the collection containing more than three million historical items, 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.
  • Professional guide
  • 2.5-hour walking tour
  • Private or small group tour of no more than 8 people
What’s Not Included
  • Hotel pickup or drop-off
  • Food or drink
  • Temporary exhibits
  • Gratuities (optional)

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What to bring
  • Passport or ID card
Not allowed
  • Luggage or large bags
Know before you go
• A maximum of 8 people are permitted on each tour
• Please advise when booking if you require a wheelchair accessible tour
• The 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
• 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. 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

From US$ 79.50 per person

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Product ID: 127859