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Get more from your visit to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum on this 2.5-hour private tour. Follow your guide through one of the world’s largest collections of historic aircraft and spacecraft in the world. See items like Buzz Aldrin’s spacesuit, the Apollo 11 module, and real moon rocks brought back form a voyage to Earth’s natural satellite.
2.5-hour private tour of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington DC
See spacesuits, moon boots, moon rocks, and other items that have gone up to space and back
Dive into the history of flight, the Space Race, and moon landings
Learn about what it’s like to be an astronaut today
Meet your guide at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum at Independence Avenue SW in Washington DC. Depending on whether you chose the morning or afternoon departure time, show up a little before 10am or a little before 1pm. This is a private tour, so please list any special interests you have at time of booking to alert your guide, so that he or she can better prepare for your private tour.
Your private guide leads the way through the halls of the museum, telling historical stories, and stopping at famous must-see items. Some things you’ll see on this tour include Buzz Aldrin’s spacesuit, the Apollo 11 module, moon boots, and moon rocks. You can also catch a glimpse of the Wright brothers’ Wright Flyer, the first successful heavier-than-air powered aircraft. Your guide makes a special stop at the Spirit of St. Louis, the custom-built, single-engine, single-seat monoplane flown by Charles Lindbergh.
As you pass by these marvels, your private guide tells you all about the history of flight, the Space Race, and moon landings. He or she also lets you know what it’s like to be an astronaut today. If you’d like to try the freeze-dried ice cream astronauts enjoy, you can pick some up in the gift shop (own expense).
Please note: A minimum of two people per booking is required.
National Air and Space Museum
(PLEASE NOTE: The Air & Space museum is currently under massive construction and will remain as such for multiple years. This means that Many of the exhibits we describe may NOT be on display. We adjust our tour based on the changing stages of this renovation, and the exhibits that are available to us. here is a link for their website if you would like an updated list of what you may see during your visit: https://airandspace.si.edu/exhibitions/now-view
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The National Air and Space Museum doesn’t just cover extraterrestrial exploration. It covers everything from the early history of flight to the Space Race and moon landings. You’ll see the first plane to take flight as well as the Spirit of St. Louis, the first plane to cross the Atlantic. Discuss Amelia Earhart, the iconic female pilot who famously disappeared while trying to fly around the world. Check out Hubble space suits, and lunar modules while learning all about NASA and the United States’ space program. The two story back ups for the Hubble telescope and the early space station Skylab dominate your field of vision and since the originals stayed in space, this is the best way to get up close and personal! Find out what it's like to be an astronaut today with one of our expert guides – there’s even freeze dried ice cream in the gift shop to get the full experience. Discover the history of the world’s foremost space program and the technology and innovation that made it possible to land a man on the moon.
— Wright Flyer (original)
— Neil Armstrong Apollo 11 spacesuit (original)
— Lunar Module (backup)
— John Glenn’s Mercury capsule (original)
— Charles Lindbergh’s Spirit of St. Louis (original)
— Chuck Yeager’s Bell X-1 (original)
— Hubble Telescope (test vehicle)
— Skylab, America’s 1st space station (backup)
— Space Shuttle’s mid deck (model)
The capital of the United States, the playground of politicians and presidents, is just as enticing for tourists who want to experience a slice of American history. Our English speaking guides organize private and small group tours to the city’s most important institutions, like the National Museum of American History and the Air and Space Museum. Rub elbows with senators as you stroll the historical monuments on the Mall and learn about the iconic figures buried at Arlington National Cemetery. At Babylon Tours, our engaging guides want to make it clear that D.C. isn’t just for the fat cats on Capitol Hill – it’s also yours to explore.
Terry was our guide. He was very knowledgeable. It was very enjoyable to have someone as intimately familiar with the museum as he was. Also able to steer us to exhibits before the crowds got there and generally made our experience much more enjoyable! Would definitely recommend this!
The absolute best way to see this Museum. Our guide here was Doug and he was outstanding. His knowledge was vast and he was able to direct us through in a timely manner. IF you have limit time in the city and want to visit this Museum I highly recommend this tour and Doug as a guide.
This tour was a highlight for me, as I have always wanted to visit the Smithsonian.
Our tour guild was very very good, she seamed to know everything about everything.
I could have spent much much more time at the Smithsonian, but alas we needed to move on
I was able to see up close the model of the USS Enterprise used in the original Star Trek series...very cool