Smithsonian Museum of Natural History Guided Tour - Semi-Private 8ppl Max

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83 reviews   (4.94)

Price varies by group size

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Pricing Info: Per Person

Duration: 2 hours

Departs: Washington DC, Washington DC

Ticket Type: Mobile or paper ticket accepted

Free cancellation

Up to 24 hours in advance.

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Join a 2 hour semi-private guided tour of the National Museum of Natural History, featuring rare marvels from around the world. The tour, which welcomes up to 8 guests, will lead you through the minerals, mammals, and mummies that have been wowing visitors for over a century. 

What's Included

Duration 2 Hours

Professional Art Historian Guide

Semi-Private Museum Tour

Semi-Private" Means Group Size Is Never More Than 8 Guests Maximum

What's Not Included

Tour is NOT available for those with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair

Tour price does NOT include gratuities (optional)

Tour price does NOT include hotel pickup or drop-off (we recommend UBER or Taxi)

Traveler Information

  • CHILD: Age: 0 - 9
  • YOUTH: Age: 10 - 17
  • ADULT: Age: 18 - 99

Additional Info

  • A moderate amount of walking is involved, comfortable clothing and shoes recommended
  • It is imperative that you provide us with guests MOBILE PHONE NUMBER (including country code)
  • Public transportation options are available nearby
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved, comfortable clothing and shoes recommended
  • It is imperative that you provide us with guests MOBILE PHONE NUMBER (including country code)
  • Public transportation options are available nearby

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.

What To Expect

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
Your guide will take you to visit the highlights of the collection, housed in a massive building that covers the area of 18 football fields. Gaze into the world-famous Hope Diamond, whose brilliant blue sparkle, and immodest size at 46 karats, captured the attention of former owner Marie Antoinette. Wander through the displays of gems and minerals, including the Dom Pedro Aquamarine, the world’s largest gem of its type, which glows brilliantly from within. Travel back in time to learn about death rituals while exploring real mummies from Ancient Egypt. Then step out of the past into the wild, exploring the mighty polar bears, elephants, and giraffes that roam across earth’s surface. From the land, jump into the sea at the Ocean Hall, where you’ll discover a live coral reef exhibit as well as a 45-ton whale, Phoenix, which is a replica of a real living what that the museum tracks. By the end, you’ll understand why so many people come to visit the 126.5 million artefacts housed at the National Museum of Natural History.

2 hours • Admission Ticket Free


Worth every penny!!
NatPlans, 02-11-2022
I purchased this tour on a whim literally at 10pm the day before. I love museums but enjoy anything history so much more when someone is telling me a story so I figured this would be a great way to experience a different side of the museum we were looking forward to visiting most. Wonderful is an understatement. Richard was our tour guide and he was spectacular. Even from the day prior when he texted to introduce himself and confirm that I knew where the meetup location would be and so I had his contact should we get lost. From the start he was engaging, funny, and beyond knowledgeable. I think what really makes him so fabulous is that he’s obviously passionate about what he does and his enthusiasm is infectious. He was kind enough to store everyone’s jackets in a locker with his items and he made a point to stop and help everyone take photos together at interesting spots. He shared so many great stories and tid bits we wouldn’t otherwise have learned. If you’re going to splurge on anything during your trip to DC I highly encourage you to splurge on this!
very educational
Lawrence R, 18-10-2022
Donna is an excellent guide, very knowledgeable and personable.I would highly recommend this museum from the jewels and gems to the dinosaurs and sea life
Great use of our time
LittleredZ4, 06-10-2022
Leigh was a great guide; informative and personable. Thoroughly enjoyed our museum visit. We got so much more out of our two hour visit than we could ever have on our own. Highly recommend!
Excellent guide, so glad we had a tour!
Catherine_L, 01-10-2022
Our tour guide, Amanda, was amazing. We so appreciated her expertise. She pay particular attention to our grandson. We had a great time.
Perfect way to see the museum!
TealFish, 23-09-2022
We’ve done 5 tours during our visit. Richard was our guide for two of them and they were the most engaging and informative tours of all! He brought the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History to life with his stories! It’s an enormous museum. Having a knowledgeable guide provides a way to see the highlights and then come back on your own to explore more if you wish.

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