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Washington DC Museum Guide

Washington DC Museum Guide

From modern art to the art of journalism, and from natural history to the history of spying—Washington DC's museums have it all. Read on for the best ways to visit the famous Smithsonian collections, plus other unique exhibits across the capital.

The Smithsonian

Found around Washington DC, the Smithsonian Institution is made up of 19 free museums, many of which are must-sees set at the National Mall, including the National Air and Space Museum, the National Museum of American History, and the National Museum of Natural History.

**How to Visit:**For an in-depth experience at a Smithsonian museum, book a small-group or private tour with a guide whose commentary will bring the exhibits to life. Also keep in mind that while you can visit any Smithsonian museum for free, timed passes are required for the National Museum of African American History and Culture (reservable online with a limited number of same-day walk-up passes available on weekdays only).

The International Spy Museum

This perennial favorite for kids and adults is home to the world’s largest collection of espionage-related artifacts.

**How to Visit:**The International Spy Museum is open daily, but hours vary seasonally, so check before you go. Save time by buying your ticket in advance, and plan to spend about two hours exploring the interactive exhibits.

The Phillips Collection

America's first modern art museum, the Phillips Collection houses more than 4,000 pieces by Matisse, Van Gogh, Diebenkorn, and other masters.

**How to Visit:**Open Tuesday through Sunday, this collection is easily reachable on a hop on, hop off bus tour. Consider downloading the museum’s free app to guide your visit, or pick up an interactive Discovery Pack at the admission desk if you're visiting with kids.

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The Smithsonian National Air Space Museum Private Guided Tour

The Smithsonian National Air Space Museum Private Guided Tour

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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.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$79.50
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$79.50
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Smithsonian Museum of American History Guided Tour - Private Tour

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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  • 2 hours to 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$79.50
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$79.50
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Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Guided Small Group Tour

Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Guided Small Group Tour

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Take one giant leap into the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, on a 2 hour small group tour that covers the early history of flight, and the modern-day life of an astronaut. This group is limited to 8 people, and explores a collection that includes everything from space suits, to moon rocks, and a model of the International Space Station.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$79.50
Price varies by group size
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Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures

DC Mall & National Gallery of Art Guided Walking Tour - 8ppl Max

DC Mall & National Gallery of Art Guided Walking Tour - 8ppl Max

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Get an overview of the attractions around the National Mall and the National Gallery of Art on this small-group walking tour with a group of eight people or fewer. Enter the National Gallery of Art to see some of the world's most famous paintings and take a break halfway through the tour for lunch (own expense).
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  • 5 hours to 5 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$143.10
Price varies by group size
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$143.10
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures