Small Group Museum of American History, Air and Space Museum
The United States has a long and exciting aviation history and you'll get all of the behind-the-scenes details in the Small Group Tour of the Museum of American History, Air and Space. The tour takes about five hours and you'll learn more about the history of flight and America's role in it from the days of the Wright Brothers to today's trips to the International Space Station.
This fully-guided small tour will start in the museum's extensive Space Program holdings, where you'll learn what it was like to be an Apollo astronaut. You'll see the Apollo 11 Space Module and objects that made the trip back-and-forth to the moon such as Buzz Aldrin's space suit, moon boots and even some real moon rocks. You'll learn about the basic technology of the early space program and how the most basic modern smartphone has more computing power than an Apollo module. But space travel isn't all you'll see at the museum. You'll also get a look at the early history of manned flight, including the chance to see the famous Charles Lindburgh plane 'The Spirit Of St. Louis.'
After a brief lunch, the tour moves on to the American history portion of the museum. You'll see artifacts and learn more about the growth of the United States from its earliest years. You'll see memorable belongings once owned by George Washington, iconic symbols of the Civil Rights movement and even a tribute to Hollywood that includes Dorthy's ruby red slippers from 'The Wizard Of Oz.'
The history of the United States is long and complex and no one museum can hold it all. But if you want to see some of the things that helped to make America the country it is today, there is no better tour you can take.
Take one giant leap into the unique collection at the National Air and Space Museum, covering the United States' world famous space program. This museum doesn't just cover extraterrestrial exploration. It inntroduces everything from the early history of flight to the Space Race and moon landings. Learn what it's like to be an astronaut today with one of our expert guides — there's even freeze dried ice cream in the gift shop to get the full experience. You'll see the first plane to take flight as well as the Spirit of St. Louis. Check out objects that have been to the moon and back like Buzz Aldrin's space suit, moon boots, the Apollo 11 Command Module, and real moon rocks. Discover the history of the world's foremost space program and the technology and innovation that made it possible to land a man on the moon.
After a break for lunch, take a trip down memory lane. From a ragtag group of colonists to one of the world's super powers, the United States has made quite a name for itself. The National Museum of American History traces this path through a unique collection of objects 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. Visit the extensive collection of first ladies' gowns to the Greensboro lunch counter that embodies the Civil Rights Movement. This tour will help you to understand the exciting and oftentimes controversial history behind this vast country.
Pickup & Return:
Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum
Meeting Point: By the sculpture in front of the Independence Ave entrance to the museum
600 Independence Ave SW
Washington, DC 20560
Departure Times: 10am
- Small-group tour
- Transport by private vehicle between museums
- Lunch Break Between Museums
Does not include:
- Gratuities (optional)
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Food and drinks, unless specified
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- A maximum of 8 people per tour allowed
- A moderate amount of walking is involved
- Minimum numbers apply. This tour will not run without a minimum of 2 guests to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund.
Notes: American History, Air & Space Museum and other attractions or museums in London 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.