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The Smithsonian National Air Space Museum Private Guided Tour
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Overview

Get more from your visit to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum on this 2.5-hour private tour. Follow your guide through one of the world’s largest collections of historic aircraft and spacecraft in the world. See items like Buzz Aldrin’s spacesuit, the Apollo 11 module, and real moon rocks brought back form a voyage to Earth’s natural satellite.
  • 2.5-hour private tour of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington DC
  • See spacesuits, moon boots, moon rocks, and other items that have gone up to space and back
  • Dive into the history of flight, the Space Race, and moon landings
  • Learn about what it’s like to be an astronaut today
  • Choose between a 10am and a 1pm departure time
  • A minimum of two people per booking is required
  • This tour included a moderate amount of walking
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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)
Tour price does NOT include hotel pickup or drop-off (we recommend UBER or Taxi)
Tour price does NOT include gratuities (optional)
654 Jefferson Dr SW , 654 Jefferson Dr SW, Washington, DC 20565, USA

Meet by the sculpture in front of the Jefferson Ave. entrance to the National Air and Space Museum (outside)

This activity will end right where it started.
Meet your guide at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum at Independence Avenue SW in Washington DC. Depending on whether you chose the morning or afternoon departure time, show up a little before 10am or a little before 1pm. This is a private tour, so please list any special interests you have at time of booking to alert your guide, so that he or she can better prepare for your private tour.

Your private guide leads the way through the halls of the museum, telling historical stories, and stopping at famous must-see items. Some things you’ll see on this tour include Buzz Aldrin’s spacesuit, the Apollo 11 module, moon boots, and moon rocks. You can also catch a glimpse of the Wright brothers’ Wright Flyer, the first successful heavier-than-air powered aircraft. Your guide makes a special stop at the Spirit of St. Louis, the custom-built, single-engine, single-seat monoplane flown by Charles Lindbergh.

As you pass by these marvels, your private guide tells you all about the history of flight, the Space Race, and moon landings. He or she also lets you know what it’s like to be an astronaut today. If you’d like to try the freeze-dried ice cream astronauts enjoy, you can pick some up in the gift shop (own expense).

Please note: A minimum of two people per booking is required.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
National Air and Space Museum
(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 Thank you for understanding.) The National Air and Space Museum doesn’t just cover extraterrestrial exploration. It covers everything from the early history of flight to the Space Race and moon landings. You’ll see the first plane to take flight as well as the Spirit of St. Louis, the first plane to cross the Atlantic. Discuss Amelia Earhart, the iconic female pilot who famously disappeared while trying to fly around the world. Check out Hubble space suits, and lunar modules while learning all about NASA and the United States’ space program. 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! Find out 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. 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. — Wright Flyer (original) — Neil Armstrong Apollo 11 spacesuit (original) — Lunar Module (backup) — John Glenn’s Mercury capsule (original) — Charles Lindbergh’s Spirit of St. Louis (original) — Chuck Yeager’s Bell X-1 (original) — Hubble Telescope (test vehicle) — Skylab, America’s 1st space station (backup) — Space Shuttle’s mid deck  (model)
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • It is imperative that you provide us with guests MOBILE PHONE NUMBER (including country code)
  • Notes: (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 there website if you would like an updated list of what you may see during your visit: https://airandspace.si.edu/exhibitions/now-view Thank you for understanding.) 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.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • 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
  • OPERATED BY Babylon Tours LLC
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.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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star-5
It’s a beautiful museum...
Maria_F
, Oct 2021
It’s a beautiful museum for the family with kids! the simulators are stunning!!! We really enjoy it! The guide tour she was incredibly she knows every detail
star-3
Crowds kept it from being personal
Robert_M
, Oct 2021
Narrator was good but due to the large crowds it was a little congested The group was small (8) but couldn’t imagine it being larger Not really meant for children under 15 unless they were really in to the subject
star-5
Amanda was great she had...
George_M
, Oct 2021
Amanda was great she had a lot of knowledge beyond what the plaque said and had a great order to the way it goes even though the museum is a little in disarray right now
star-5
Great Highlights Tour!
DJ_M
, Apr 2019
Very informative tour guide, good pace, interesting and engaging. Guide was on time and first in line Which allowing us to enter as soon as the museum opened.
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Air & space
louise_a
, Oct 2018
Terry was our guide. He was very knowledgeable. It was very enjoyable to have someone as intimately familiar with the museum as he was. Also able to steer us to exhibits before the crowds got there and generally made our experience much more enjoyable! Would definitely recommend this!
star-5
Doug very knowledgeable and a great guide
Suzanne_V
, Oct 2018
We were very happy with this tour, it was very well organized and informative. We were very glad that we took this tour, We would highly recommend
star-5
The absolute best way to see this...
Gail_V
, May 2018
The absolute best way to see this Museum. Our guide here was Doug and he was outstanding. His knowledge was vast and he was able to direct us through in a timely manner. IF you have limit time in the city and want to visit this Museum I highly recommend this tour and Doug as a guide.
star-5
This tour was a highlight for me, as I...
Brian_M
, Jan 2018
This tour was a highlight for me, as I have always wanted to visit the Smithsonian. Our tour guild was very very good, she seamed to know everything about everything. I could have spent much much more time at the Smithsonian, but alas we needed to move on I was able to see up close the model of the USS Enterprise used in the original Star Trek series...very cool
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Very well informed on this subject...
nick
, Dec 2017
Very well informed on this subject. Took time with us and was quite courteous.
star-5
Outstanding experience. Tour guide...
Wendell D
, Jun 2017
Outstanding experience. Tour guide was very knowledge in all aspects and provided more information than can be retained. Answers all questions. Super tour.

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