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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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Smithsonian Museum of American History Guided Tour - Private TourCultural Tours

Smithsonian Museum of American History Guided Tour - Private Tour

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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.
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  • 120 to 150 minutes
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  • 120 to 150 minutes
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Washington DC Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley + Arlington Nat'l Cemetery, Water Taxi UpgradeHop-on Hop-off Tours

Washington DC Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley + Arlington Nat'l Cemetery, Water Taxi Upgrade

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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 (if option is selected). This is the only tour to take you into the Arlington National Cemetery (if option is selected). 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 a silver, gold, or platinum pass, depending upon your interests.
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  • 2 to 48 hrs
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  • 2 to 48 hrs
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Smithsonian Air & Space & American History Museum Guided Tour - Private TourPrivate Sightseeing Tours

Smithsonian Air & Space & American History Museum Guided Tour - Private Tour

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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.
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  • 300 to 330 minutes
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Half-Day Grand Tour of Washington DCHalf-day Tours

Half-Day Grand Tour of Washington DC

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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, the exterior of the White House, Washington Monument and the National Mall, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery, and the Smithsonian buildings.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours
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Smithsonian Museum of American History Guided Tour - Semi-Private 8ppl MaxCultural Tours

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

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See Thomas Jefferson’s desk, as well as George Washington’s sword on this 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.
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  • 120 to 150 minutes
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Arlington Cemetery & American History Museum Guided Tour - Semi-Private 8ppl MaxCultural Tours

Arlington Cemetery & American History Museum Guided Tour - Semi-Private 8ppl Max

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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.
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  • 300 to 330 minutes
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Sites by Segway In Washington DCSegway Tours

Sites by Segway In Washington DC

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Experience Washington DC like never before on this guided small-group Segway tour. Learn about the history of the nation’s capital, and one of the most popular destinations in the US, while gliding around the city. See iconic landmarks like the United States Capitol, National Mall, Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument and many more—a perfect overview of the city for first-time visitors or anyone wanting to see the sites. Guided Segway training plus bottled water and snacks are included. Dress in weather-appropriate clothes with flat, closed-toed shoes.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes

Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour of Washington DC: Monuments, Landmarks and MemorialsHop-on Hop-off Tours

Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour of Washington DC: Monuments, Landmarks and Memorials

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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.
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  • 60 to 105 minutes
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  • 60 to 105 minutes
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Washington DC Super Saver: Hop-on Hop-off Trolley + Monuments by Moonlight TourSuper Savers

Washington DC Super Saver: Hop-on Hop-off Trolley + Monuments by Moonlight Tour

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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. Depending upon your interest, select a silver, gold or platinum pass, then board at any of the 17 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.
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  • 3 to 8 hours
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  • 3 to 8 hours
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The Washington DC Sightseeing Flex Pass: Capital Savings at 15+ AttractionsSightseeing Passes

The Washington DC Sightseeing Flex Pass: Capital Savings at 15+ Attractions

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See Washington DC your own way with the Washington DC Sightseeing Pass, which lets you choose between 1, 2, or 4 attractions, museums, and tours that you can visit at your own pace over a 7-day period. The pass includes entrance to some of DC's top attractions such as the International Spy Museum, as well as access to niche tours (think ghost walks and historical tours), and discounts at DC restaurants.
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  • 30 days
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Washington DC Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour and Attractions PassHop-on Hop-off Tours

Washington DC Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour and Attractions Pass

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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.
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  • 90 to 120 minutes
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Daytime DC Bike TourBike & Mountain Bike Tours

Daytime DC Bike Tour

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See Washington, DC's highlights via bicycle on this guided tour. Listen to your guide's narrative about the history and politics that make America's capital run while visiting the city's most important sites, including the White House, Lincoln Memorial, and Washington Monument. A moderate level of fitness is required, use of bike and helmet are included.
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  • 3 hours
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Washington DC Monuments Bike TourBike & Mountain Bike Tours

Washington DC Monuments Bike Tour

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See the historical sights of Washington DC with an up-close view of significant monuments on a bike tour by comfortable cruiser. Ride an easy route over flat terrain from the National Mall to the Potomac Tidal Basin and view DC landmarks including the Washington Monument, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, and Jefferson Memorial as you explore the attractions with a knowledgeable guide. Snack and bottled water included.
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours

Smithsonian Air & Space & American History Museum Tour- Semi-Private 8ppl MaxHistorical & Heritage Tours

Smithsonian Air & Space & American History Museum Tour- Semi-Private 8ppl Max

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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.
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  • 300 to 330 minutes
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Private Customized Tour of Washington DC with US VeteranPrivate Sightseeing Tours

Private Customized Tour of Washington DC with US Veteran

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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.
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  • 12 hours
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Washington DC Capital Sites Bike TourBike & Mountain Bike Tours

Washington DC Capital Sites Bike Tour

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Washington DC is full of historical sites and while it’s easy to explore on foot or by bus, this 2-wheel tour option gives travelers access to some of the city’s most popular landmarks. Check out the Lincoln Memorial, White House, Supreme Court and the Capitol on this Capital Sites Bike Tour. Your friendly guide shares plenty of history, facts, and city knowledge on this easy bike ride through the nation’s capital.
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours

Washington DC Segway Night TourSegway Tours

Washington DC Segway Night Tour

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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.
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours
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Tour America's Attic (SMALL GROUP SENSORY EXPERIENCE)Cultural Tours

Tour America's Attic (SMALL GROUP SENSORY EXPERIENCE)

Historic America is our name, telling America's story is our game! ALL our guides are Professional History Nerds. Our tours are interactive and engaging, serving to both inform and inspire. We take a multi-sensory approach to story-telling by including our signature SENSORY SUPPLEMENTS in EVERY tour we offer. We keep our group sizes SMALL so its always an intimate tour experience.
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours
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Arlington Cemetery & American History Museum Guided Combo Tour - Private TourPrivate Sightseeing Tours

Arlington Cemetery & American History Museum Guided Combo Tour - Private Tour

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Become more familiar with American history on this 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.'
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  • 300 to 330 minutes
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Washington DC Museums - National Mall East Tourist Scavenger HuntHistorical & Heritage Tours

Washington DC Museums - National Mall East Tourist Scavenger Hunt

This Tourist Scavenger Hunt takes you through the Eastern part of the National Mall where Washington's Museums are located. There are a few side trips to see various interesting things you're expecting to see, and other things you didn't know where there.It takes 2-3 hours to complete, do it whenever you wish - you select your own date and start time, no scheduling or reservation needed. 20+ challenges, games and enigmas to solve as you walk through this historic neighborhood.
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours

Rides & Tours on the National MallBike & Mountain Bike Tours

Rides & Tours on the National Mall

This is a private tour in the open. If you like the outdoors, this is for you.The tour will be designed for you.
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  • 1 hour
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  • 1 hour
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DC Trails Guided City TourCultural Tours

DC Trails Guided City Tour

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Explore some of Washington D.C.’s popular landmarks on this all-day guided excursion. Hop on a comfortable double-decker bus and learn about American icons like Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther, as well wars in Vietnam, Korea, and World War II. Get an up-close view of their memorials and stop by two of the District’s beloved institutions—the American History and National Air and Space museums.
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  • 6 hours 30 minutes
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  • 6 hours 30 minutes
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Extended Monuments & Memorials TourHistorical & Heritage Tours

Extended Monuments & Memorials Tour

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You can see all Washington DC Monuments and Memorials, the White House and the Capitol at your own pace, with no bus-filled crowding or walking — and no waiting. You'll be protected from the weather, including rain, snow and sun. Kid friendly and your dogs are most welcome! This is the best option for anyone with a mobility impairment. Our most popular tour is the Monuments and Memorials tour. We have done this tour 100+ different ways, depending on our guest's wishes. This is a tour of the entire National Mall on tricycle and includes the Washington Monument, Jefferson Memorial, FDR Memorial, MLK Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Korean, Vietnam and WWII War Memorials, and the White House, as well as other memorials. We also conduct night tours, which usually include all the amazing lit-up sights (our favorites at night are The White House, World War II, Lincoln, Jefferson, Roosevelt and the Capitol).
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  • 4 hours 45 minutes
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The Washington DC Sightseeing Day Pass: Save Big at 15+ Monumental AttractionsSightseeing Passes

The Washington DC Sightseeing Day Pass: Save Big at 15+ Monumental Attractions

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Stand in awe of the iconic landscape of D.C. with the easy-to-use Washington D.C. Sightseeing Day Pass. Choose between 1, 2, or 3 days, and save up to 60% on admission prices at 15 of the capital’s authentic prime experiences. A perfect choice for first time visitors excited to see everything, and the more you see the more you save.From the top of the Big Bus Hop-On/Hop-Off Tour, pass by the Capitol Building and National Mall, the White House, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Library of Congress. Try your hand at espionage at the International Spy Museum, then Spirit Cruise up the river to George Washington’s Mount Vernon Farm.Take advantage of D.C.’s immersive nature with a walking or biking tour: see The Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, and the Thomas Jefferson Memorial. Pay homage to those who gave their service and lives at the National World War II Memorial, the Korean War Veterans Memorial, and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
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  • 1 to 3 days
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