National Museum of American History Tours

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National Museum of American History
The larger-than-life Star Spangled Banner gallantly streams from the walls of the National Museum of American History in Washington DC. This top-rated museum showcases the best of American memorabilia and memorializes iconic eras, events, and people in American history. The most popular exhibit is the original Star-Spangled Banner, the flag that was raised at Fort McHenry in Baltimore on September 14, 1814 to celebrate a victory over the British forces in the war of 1812. Another popular exhibits showcase dresses American First Lady’s have worn. Other significant artifacts include Archie Bunker’s chair, Abraham Lincoln’s top hat, Dorothy’s ruby slippers from the 1939 film, The Wizard of Oz, and a replica of an 18th-century Massachusetts home.

The National Museum of American History opened in 1964 under a different name. The Museum is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a National Historic Landmark. Its basic mission is the collection, care, and study of objects that reflect the experience of the American people. For anyone interested in history, the American experience, and quirky artifacts, the National Museum of American History is a must-see museum in Washington DC.

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The National Museum of American History is located on the National Mall. It is part of the Smithsonian Institution, and therefore admission is free for all guests. There are some simulator rides inside the museum, each of which has a fee to ride. Each floor has its own theme – from transportation and technology to American ideals.
Address: 14th St and Constitution Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20001, USA
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Super Saver Small Group Guided Tour: Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum and National Museum of American History

Combine history and the future on this small-group Smithsonian tour that visits both the National Museum of American History and the Air and Space Museum. Travel with a small group during this 5-hour tour, which ensures personalized attention from your guide.
  • Duration: 5 to 5.5 hrs
  • Duration: 5 to 5.5 hrs
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$95.00 USD
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Super Saver Private Guided Tour: Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum and National Museum of American History

Enjoy personalized attention on this 5-hour combo tour that includes the Museum of American History and the National Air and Space Museum. Combine America's past and future, narrated by your dedicated guide.
  • Duration: 5 to 5.5 hrs
  • Duration: 5 to 5.5 hrs
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Super Saver Small Group Guided Tour: Arlington Cemetery & Smithsonian Museum of American History

Combine two landmarks of American history on a 5-hour, small-group tour of Arlington National Cemetery and The National Museum of American History that includes transport between the two sites. See the grave sites of service members and American leaders, then explore galleries that tell the story of the United States from the Revolutionary War to the Civil Rights Movement.
  • Duration: 5 to 5.5 hrs
  • Duration: 5 to 5.5 hrs
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$95.00 USD
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Museum of American History Through Music Small Group Tour

From the Star Spangled Banner to the Civil Rights Movement, music is often forgotten as an integral part of U.S. history. Take a rare music-themed tour to see DC’s American Museum of History from a perspective visitors often miss, and even have the chance to create a beat of your own. As an interactive experience, this tour is a popular choice for families.
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Duration: 2 hours
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$40.00 USD
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Washington DC Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley, plus Arlington National Cemetery

Take a hop-on hop-off Washington DC trolley tour to explore the nation’s capital at your own pace. The route encompasses the city’s top attractions, including the White House, Lincoln Memorial, and Arlington National Cemetery. This is the only tour to take you into the Arlington National Cemetery. Just hop off at any stop when you want to explore, and then hop back on the trolley to continue around the city. When booking, select between a 1- and 2-day pass.
  • Duration: 2 to 16 hrs
  • Duration: 2 to 16 hrs
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Half-Day Grand Tour of Washington DC

Get a panoramic look at Washington DC on this sightseeing tour that provides a comprehensive introduction to the United States capital and its historical and cultural landmarks. Listen to live narration as you see dozens of attractions, such as Lincoln Memorial, Iwo Jima Memorial, the outside of the White House, Washington Monument and the National Mall, the Watergate building, Arlington National Cemetery and the Smithsonian buildings.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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$49.00 USD
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Private Customized Tour of Washington DC with US Veteran

Delve into the nation’s military history with a twenty-year Navy veteran as your guide on a private tour. Choose from an extensive list of museums, monuments, memorials, battlefields, cemeteries, and even the Pentagon (90 day advanced notice required) on an exclusive tour of Washington, DC and surrounding areas. Get unmatched insights and history and spend the day walking through the pages of a real life history book.
  • Duration: 12 hours
  • Duration: 12 hours
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$240.00 USD
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Washington DC Segway Night Tour

Glide through Washington, D.C. in the glow of the evening on this fabulous evening tour past some of the city’s most iconic monuments and memorials including The White House, the US Capitol Building, and the Washington Monument. Enjoy spectacular views of historic sites as they light the night sky. This is a truly unique way to see the city.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Washington DC Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour and Attractions Pass

This hop-on hop-off Washington DC bus tour includes three different loops with live commentary plus a night bus tour and admission to up to five total attractions. Use your 48-hour pass to explore memorials and monuments such as the US Capitol, Vietnam Veterans Memorial and Lincoln Memorial. Choose entry to attractions including the International Spy Museum and Madame Tussauds, or select a full-day bike rental.
  • Duration: Flexible
  • Duration: Flexible
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$69.00 USD
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Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour of Washington DC: Monuments, Landmarks and Memorials

Explore the most popular sites in Washington, DC on this hop-on hop-off bus tour. Visit many of the top attractions in the nation’s capital — like the White House, Washington Monument, the National Mall, historic Georgetown, Arlington National Cemetery and more. Select a 1- or 2-day pass, for access to three separate routes and get to know the city in custom fashion, with live and recorded narration.
  • Duration: Flexible
  • Duration: Flexible
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Washington DC Super Saver: Hop-on Hop-off Trolley and Monuments by Moonlight Tour

Explore the best of Washington, DC on this narrated, hop-on hop-off trolley tour. Visit more than 100 points of interest among DC’s top attractions — like the White House, the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument, to name just a few. Select the 1-day pass, then board at any of the 14 stops and get to know the nation’s capital in customized fashion, with live onboard commentary from a professional tour conductor. A guided, 2.5-hour, moonlight trolley tour to the same landmark locations, illuminated for the evening, is also included.
  • Duration: 3 to 8 hrs
  • Duration: 3 to 8 hrs
$99.95 USD
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Private Guided Tour: The Smithsonian National Museum of American History

Get an in-depth look at the National Museum of American History on this 2.5-hour private tour. With a dedicated guide, visit the museum's highlights that features personalized attention and a flexible itinerary.
  • Duration: 120 to 150 minutes
  • Duration: 120 to 150 minutes
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$59.00 USD
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Smithsonian Museum of American History Guided Tour - Semi-Private 8ppl Max

See Thomas Jefferson’s desk, as well as George Washington’s sword on this 2.5-hour, small-group tour of the National Museum of American History in Washington DC. Other highlights include the Star Spangled Banner, Dorthy’s ruby-red slippers from ‘The Wizard of Oz,’ and the Greensboro lunch counter from the Greensboro sit-ins of the 1960s.
  • Duration: 120 to 150 minutes
  • Duration: 120 to 150 minutes
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$59.00 USD
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Private Guided Tour: Arlington Cemetery & Smithsonian Museum of American History

Become more familiar with American history on this 5-hour private combo tour of the Arlington National Cemetery and the National Museum of American History. Follow your guide through these two important places as they keep you entertained with historical knowledge and fun facts. At the cemetery, see the gravesites of John F. Kennedy and casualties of the American Civil War. Stroll around the museum, and catch a glimpse of the star-spangled banner that inspired the US National anthem, as well as the ruby-red slippers from 'The Wizard of Oz.'
  • Duration: 300 to 330 minutes
  • Duration: 300 to 330 minutes
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