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Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History Guided Tour

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Duration: 1.5-2hs Semi-Private Tour
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Get up close with the natural world’s most stunning surprises during a 1.5 to 2 hour semi-private guided museum tour of the National Museum of Natural History, welcoming up to 8 guests. This tour will introduce you to the museum’s highlights as you wander both land and sea with your personal guide.


The collection is housed in a purpose-built structure that covers the area of 18 football fields, but your guide will be there to make sure you don’t waste a second exploring the best parts. You’ll marvel at the 46-karat Hope Diamond, whose brilliant blue sparkle caught the eyes of Louis XIV and Marie Antoinette before disappearing during the French Revolution. As you gawk at the gems and jewels, you’ll gaze at the glowing Dom Pedro Aquamarine, the world’s largest gem of its type. Lose the glitz as you come face to face with real mummies and explore the rituals and routines of Ancient Egypt. These Egyptians aren’t the only once-living specimens on display. Giraffes, elephants, polar bears, and other land giants are stuffed and mounted for your pleasure. Then set sail towards the Ocean Hall, where a real-life coral reef exhibit brings the sea to you. Learn the story behind Phoenix, a 45-ton whale that the museum has been following in the wild, as you stand in front of a life-sized replica. With only 126.5 million artifacts housed in the National Museum of Natural History’s collection, you’ll be thankful to your guide for navigating them for you.

Highlights Generally Include (but not limited to):

Hope Diamond

Dom Pedro Aquamarine

Star of Asia sapphire

Egyptian mummies exhibit

Live Fossil Lab with working scientists

Natural Wonders of the World photography exhibit

Ocean’s Hall exhibit

Arctic narwahl exhibit

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Latest Reviews
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  • sheena.ellis sheena.ellis

    Interesting Museum and Glennyce did a good job pointing out the highlights.

  • Mary-Bob R Mary-Bob R

    Rebecca was a terrific guide.....she got us to the key parts of the museum and explained everything. She saved us lots of time.....