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Smithsonian National Museum of American History

A powerful and fascinating institution, this collection of more than 3 million artefacts captures American history and culture.

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Star-Spangled Banner, 1814
Let yourself be astounded by the 200 year old flag from the Battle of Baltimore, where Francis Scott Key penned "O say does that Star-Spangled Banner yet wave."
Dorothy's Original Ruby Red Slippers, 1939
Dorothy's "There's no place like home" slippers always crack the top ten list of iconic items on display at the National Museum of American History
Antibody Science
From eradicating smallpox and battling tetanus, the National Museum of American History documents the American role in antibody based therapies and diagnostics.
Women's Suffrage
Beyond gaining the right to vote, explore the advancements women have made in math, science, and art.
Fossil Hall at the Natural History Museum
Step into a history of time on earth, and see nearly 700 fossils from the T-Rex to the woolly mammoth.
Hall of Geology, Gems and Minerals
Learn about the minerals, rocks, and gems that make up our natural world, while also seeing some of the world's largest gems - including the Hope Diamond.

Related Tours

Private Guided Tour of Two Smithsonian Museums
This tour is the ultimate All-American story of the Smithsonian Museums, taking you on visits to both the National Museum of American History and the Museum of Natural History. 
 
  • First, take a trip to the National Museum of American History  
  • See the artefacts underpinning American political landscape and     undertones, with an emphasis on American women's history and Latino American's story in the country  
  • Following this, explore one of the world's largest collections of the natural world at the Museum of Natural History.
  • Immerse yourself in highlights including the Hope Diamond donated by Harry Winston, a T-Rex fossil, and a     short film depicting the history of mammals over 200 million years.  
  • Explore earth’s many ecosystems, including the Sant Ocean Hall, where you can see some of the smallest and largest animals in the oceans.  
 The National Museum of American History
 
 
First, venture through the National Museum of American History, where myriad American treasures are on display. From a flag flying during the Battle of Baltimore to photographs taken of Titanic survivors aboard the Carpathia, iconic America is yours to grab hold of - or at least see for yourself. Interested in a richer, more nuanced story of the country? Your guide will be able to take you through the museum focusing on segregation, on immunisation and medical advancement, or breakthroughs made by women in math, science, photography and textiles.  
 
 Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
 
Opened in 1910, the National Museum of Natural History is home to one of the largest global teams studying the natural and cultural history. Along with their world-class research facilities, the museum houses a mix of permanent and temporary exhibits, which explore the history of the natural world – from dinosaurs and mammals to volcanic rock, meteors, and rare gemstones. Your guide will take you through the museum’s must-see spots, but be sure to let them know if any of the exhibits are of particular interest, as they’ll be happily tailor the tour to suit your curiosity.
 
Your tour ends at the museum of natural history, where you will be able to continue exploring at your leisure. 
Private Full Day Highlights of D.C.
As America’s cultural centre, Washington DC is more than just the home of the President. DC is rich in history, proud in heritage, and a fascinating multi-layered destination.
 
  • Stand in awe of the Washington Monument, once the tallest  structure in the world in 1884. 
  • Admire the Lincoln Memorial - see if you can spot the carved mistake on a word on the north wall - it’s been touched up, but can still be seen.   
  • Learn about the importance of the Potomac River on the history of the city. 
  • See DC’s ‘Big 3’: the Capitol, White House and Supreme Court.  
  • See the first equestrian statue ever made in the United States.  
  • Hop into a cab for an easy transfer to lunch, at a place recommended by your guide. (lunch paid locally  by guests).   
  • After, visit the immense world of the Smithsonian Museums, with a guided visit of the National Museum of American History, home to the original Star-Spangled Banner.  
  • Finish your tour at the museums, where your guide will happily recommend other museums to explore at your own leisure.  
 At 68-square-miles, Washington DC has more than the political arena with which to seduce its many visitors, from the secrets of the FBI Building, CIA Headquarters to over 70 museums devoted to almost every topic, including an International Spy Museum, American Indian art and African-American culture. On your DC in a Day: Full Day Highlights Tour you will discover the heart and soul of America’s capital district, on a guided journey to its key attractions that do DC justice - politics and all.
 
 As you discuss the city’s role in historical events, you will journey around DC’s most famous memorials, monuments and landmarks to read the Gettysburg Address inscription at the Lincoln Memorial and reflect on the impact of America’s Civil War. The beautiful Korean War Veterans Memorial and the Vietnam Memorial both evoke the sobriety of America’s involvement in overseas conflicts. At the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, it is impossible not to feel uplifted and inspired by the power of the words he penned for his famous I Have a Dream address. DC is spoiled for choice for world class-exhibitions and museums, and your DC in a Day: Full Day Highlights finale are two absolute gems - the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum and the National Museum of American History. 
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