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Smithsonian Museum of Natural History - Private Guided Museum Tour

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Private Guided Tour Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

From US$104.94

Price varies by group size

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 2 hours
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Step into the past and be amazed by the natural world on this a 2-hour private guided tour of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. See some of the over 126 million artifacts housed in the museum including the Hope Diamond, Egyptian mummies, and a living coral reef. Spend time immersing yourself in the fascinating stories and objects that make up our history and come away from the museum with new knowledge.
  • Tour the Smithsonian Natural History Museum on a private 2-hour tour
  • See the Hope Diamond, a dazzling 46 Karat blue diamond
  • See Egyptian mummies and learn about fascinating ancient death rituals
  • Discover a live coral reef exhibit and see a 45-ton replica of a whale

What's Included

  • Guided Museum Tour
  • Tour Guide Exclusively For You (Does NOT apply if you choose "SAVE! BOOK SEMI-PRIVATE" option)
  • Duration 2 Hours
  • Wheelchair Friendly (Does NOT apply if you choose "SAVE! BOOK SEMI-PRIVATE" option)
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • 1010 Madison Dr NW
    1010 Madison Dr NW, Washington, DC 20004, USA

    Meet your guide on the large stairs at the Madison Drive NW entrance of the Museum of Natural History, facing the lawn of the National Mall.

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

2 hours Admission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • It is imperative that you provide us with guests MOBILE PHONE NUMBER (including country code)
  • Stroller accessible
  • Notes: Natural History Museum and other attractions or museums in DC may be subjected to occasional closures without previous warning from the museum management. When this occurs, we will provide guests with an appropriate alternative if the museum opening time is delayed more than 1h from the tour starting time. In these cases we are unable to provide refunds or discounts. Appropriate dress is required for entry into some sites on this tour. No large bags or suitcases are allowed inside the museum, only handbags or small thin bag packs are allowed through security. Due to increased security measures at many attractions some lines may form on tours with 'Skip the Line' or 'No Wait' access. Some specific rooms inside the museum are subjected to a very quiet or restricted right to speak inside, in this cases your guide will provide the information about this places before entering the specific rooms where this rule applies. Some collections may vary along the year.
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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Traveler Tips

Having someone guide you who knows the highlights of the areas in the museum is worth it.


286 reviews
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Engaging tour!
Jeana_L, Sept 2023
This was our first time at the museum. We are so glad that we did it with a guide. Tim was knowledgeable and engaging. We enjoyed the way he organized out tour!
Natural History Museum/Richard Great Guide
Sue_G, Sept 2023
Richard our guide was great! He was knowledgeable and gave us information that was entertaining and interesting. Pacing was perfect. Registration process was easy and organized. Loved it.
Amanda was a great tour...
Stephanie_B, Aug 2023
Amanda was a great tour guide! She was friendly and extremely knowledgeable about many different topics. I would highly recommend her, and the two or to anyone.
Great Guide
HARVEY_W, Aug 2023
Had a very good guide. Was very informative nice person. Listen to what we wanted to see and not see.
Erin_D, Jul 2023
Great tour. Brenda was very knowledgeable and geared the tour to our interests. The museum was very crowded and she weaved us around the large crowds well.
Tim was our tour guide...
Glory_B, Jul 2023
Tim was our tour guide and he did a fabulous job. We had a 10 and 13 year old and while Tim was very informative and interesting to the adults, he was not boring to the kiddos. Our trip to the museum would not have been nearly as good if we had not had Tim there. He was able to get us around the museum, show us various exhibits, highlights, etc., He enabled us to save time and also provided tons of knowledge we would never had received.. It was worth every penny. I highly recommend Tim. Plus his voice carries wrll which was impt as loud people would walk by. Also had some folks try to tagalong who were not in our group as they could tell he knew his stuff. Glory
Great time at museum of natural history in,DC
Frank_A, Jul 2023
Tim, out to a guide was very knowledgeable with the museum and he explained every single exhibit that we saw. I highly recommend this tour company
Great experience!
CarrieTallent, Jul 2023
Great experience and so fun! We learned a lot and saw all the main points. Tony was great and made our day great!
Kate is awesome!!!
Jamie_K, Jun 2023
Kate was such an amazing guide! She kept all my kids interested and the adults as well! I will def book her again for other museums! She is a wealth of knowledge and just fun and easy to be with! Thank you Kate!!!
Tony was a great guide. ...
Javier_L, Jun 2023
Tony was a great guide. He had great knowledge and insight. He kept the tour very interesting and moving along nicely.
Wonderful experience
Robert_K, Jun 2023
My guide Brenda was knowledgeable, friendly and made my tour a very memorable experience. Highly recommend her and your tour company
Ask for Richard!
Chantal_F, Jun 2023
Richard T Robinson III was absolutely wonderful! Knowledge and presentation were amazing! Thank you so much!
The best your EVER!
TARA_K, Jun 2023
The tour was entertaining and informative. Our tour guide Kate kept us all on edge with theatrical storytelling as we navigated the museum. It was simply amazing.
When Richard T. Robinson...
James_A, Jun 2023
When Richard T. Robinson III explained the 3D printing process. In order to animate the animals as they would appear in the wild.
Austin’s first trip to DC
Emily_T, Jun 2023
Our guide Tony was awesome!! Tony started us out at the gem stones and meticulously walked us through the whole museum journey. His knowledge and experience are spot on and is easy to follow along. Tony was easy to communicate with and also fun all along the journey. Thanks again Tony!!!
Smithsonian Private Tour
Kendall_M, Jun 2023
I had a great time! Our guide, Tony brought wonderful insight, knowledge, and humor to my visit. He was fun and very informative it was a very enjoyable tour. He took us back in time and forward to where we are today. I will come back in the future and hopefully Tony will be my guide. I would recommend Tony to anyone!!!!
Best way to see the highlights of the National History Museum.
Geraldine_G, Jun 2023
Excellent Tour. Friendly, informative and a mine of interesting facts. Tony adapted to take into account our 11 and 9 year old, we all had a wonderful time. Our favourite tour in D.C.
Deborah_D, May 2023
The tour guide was absolutely the best tour guide I have EVER had .. just fantastic ! Your was great .. very well organized !
We really enjoyed our...
JohnA_C, May 2023
We really enjoyed our Tour Guide Tony. Very knowledgeable, funny, and respectful. Don't forget to tip your Tour Guide...
Fun and Educational
Halette_P, May 2023
Our guide was Rebecca and our experience was better than expected! Honestly we weren’t really sure what to expect. She reached out to me via text to make our meet up even easier and that started things off right. She was funny and informative throughout our tour. I didn’t think the gems section would be that exciting but with her explaining the history behind the pieces made it very enjoyable! We would definitely recommend this tour (and Rebecca) to our friends and family. Thank you !

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