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(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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Start at the the National Air and Space Museum to learn all about the country’s more futuristic side. From the Apollo 11 Command Module to real moon rocks, the National Air and Space Museum has some of the most out-of-this-world artifacts. You’ll see earlier examples of planes like the Wright Brother’s aircraft and the Spirit of St. Louis, which successfully crossed the Atlantic Ocean before such a feat seemed commonplace. Your guide will discuss the myths behind the mysterious disappearance of famed pilot Amelia Earhart. Come face to face with space suits used by astronauts working on the Hubble telescope and see 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! Moonwalk by lunar modules as you discover the history of the world’s leading air and space program including the innovation and technology that made it possible to land a man on the moon. There’s even freeze dried ice cream in the gift shop to complete the experience.
Then after a break for lunch, move to the National Museum of American History, which traces this ascent through a one-of-a-kind collection of items including the actual banner that inspired the country’s national anthem. Learn about the first president, George Washington, while viewing his sword and discover how Hollywood has helped shape this country when you check out Dorothy’s ruby red slippers. Discuss segregation through the Greensboro lunch counter and the role of women through the first ladies’ gowns. This tour will help you to understand the turbulent history that has marked the United States of America.
Highlights generally include (as long as not on loan or being restored):
1903 Wright Flyer
1909 Wright Military Flyer
Spirit of St. Louis
Jackie Cochran T-38 Talon
Alan Shepard space suit
Freedom 7 capsule
Neil Armstrong space suit
Apollo 11 Columbia capsule
Filming model of Star Trek Enterprise
Filming model of Star Wars X-Wing
Abe Lincoln’s Hat
First Ladies Dresses
Greensboro Lunch Counter
Dorothy’s Ruby Slippers
We had 2 different tour guides. Donna for the Smithsonian Air and Space museum and Jennifer for the Smithsonian American History museum. Donna was wonderful and informative and really nice... even with the pouring down rain after our tour.... Then, Jennifer was so nice and she adapted to the problems we had getting to the museum.. she was so informative and really nice too. Both were just first class ladies that were so nice to be with. We wish we had more time, We would recommend both to anyone.
Glennyce, she is our fantastic tour guild. A lot of knowledge and good stuff to see in one day . I would highly recommend.
Unbelievable tour. Guide was amazing. Only way could see so much in one day was with our guide. 5 stars. Unbelievable guide
Smithsonian American History Museum and Air and Space Museum Our guide, Glenys, was extremely knowledgable and well prepared facilitating an informative and thoughtful guided tour. Respond
Visit 2 of the most popular museums in one day! Tour guide is very knowledgeable. He was able to point at the most important artifacts/works of arts on display. Tour company was also very friendly and flexible when we had to reschedule our tours several times due to some tour conflicts. Will rebook with this company in the future :)