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Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Guided Small Group Tour
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icon2 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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Overview

Take one giant leap into the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, on a 2 hour small group tour that covers the early history of flight, and the modern-day life of an astronaut. This group is limited to 8 people, and explores a collection that includes everything from space suits, to moon rocks, and a model of the International Space Station.
  • Learn about the history of aviation
  • See objects from the U.S. space program
  • Small group limited to 8 people
  • Choice of morning or afternoon departure
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Small Group Museum Tour
Professional Tour Guide
Tour price does NOT include hotel pickup or drop-off (we recommend UBER or Taxi)
Tour price does NOT include gratuities (optional)
Tour is NOT available for those with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair

Departure Point

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)

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Make your way to the National Air and Space Museum on the National Mall, where this tour begins, close to DC attractions and public transport. Meet a guide and small group—the group is limited to 8 people to ensure a personal experience for each participant—and set out on a specially-designed route through the museum.

Start at the beginning, with the very first plane to take flight, then see the Spirit of St. Louis, which aviator Charles Lindbergh flew from New York to Paris in 1927. See Buzz Aldrin’s space suit and moon boots, the Apollo 11 Command Module, and rocks brought back from the moon landing. Learn about the technology and innovation that drives the United States’ space program, and about what it means to be an astronaut today.

This tour concludes at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, where you can keep exploring on your own, or visit the gift shop to try freeze dried ice cream.
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 Smithsonian 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. 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. Highlights of the tour generally include: — 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)
  • A maximum of 8 people per tour allowed
  • 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.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Notes: Air & Space 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.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
  • 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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  • "On a side note, entry to all Smithsonian museums are free of cost, so the money we pay is only for the guided tour, which I felt was on the higher side." See review

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Fabulous Visit
Dayle_G
, Oct 2021
It’s hard to choose a favorite! EVERYTHING was really spectacular and really interesting. We had a superb guide and enjoyed every minute!!
star-5
Birthday Trip.
Deborah_G
, Sep 2021
I took my grandson on this tour for his 12th birthday. Brenda was an amazing guide and he left saying “I learned so much from her”. It was the very best way to see the museum.
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The Wright Brothers...
Robert_W
, Sep 2021
The Wright Brothers Bicycle! Amanda was great. We had the best time. We will be back soon hopefully, and will look forward to another tour. I personally like having your texted reminders, and the coordination.
star-5
Great experience of a guided Smithsonian tour
NandiNabarun
, Jul 2019
I had booked a 2 hours tour to do a structured detailed insights visit of the air and space museum. I reached there around 9:30am on a 101 F hot day, and was picked up by a representative of the tour operator (from Babylon Tours LLC) at 9:45am. My tour guide was Brenda as she was brilliant. Brenda took us through all the security checks promptly and took us straight to places where queues become huge if we go late (like the Neil Armstrong space suit gallery). Brenda has an indepth knowledge about the whole museum and her passion was evident from the details and commentary she shared at every exhibit she took us to within the museum. She had a very structured plan which she took our group through and we just kept following her knowing that we were is great hands! We ended up seeing all the exhibits in the allocated 2 hours (maybe just a little bit over which was great!). Loved the museum, enjoyed the guided tour of the whole place and would highly recommend Babylon tours as the tour agent and Brenda as the tour guide. On a side note, entry to all Smithsonian museums are free of cost, so the money we pay is only for the guided tour, which I felt was on the higher side. But Brenda's knowledge and enthusiasm made us feel that the money was well spent!
star-4
I had hoped that paying for a tour...
Shawn C C
, Sep 2018
I had hoped that paying for a tour guide would get us in to a short access line. The tour guide was good. Wish we had more time.
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Rip Off Tour at the Smithsonian
laurajg2018
, Aug 2018
We arrived before our guide & checked at the tour guide stand at the Smithsonian. I discovered that their tours were only $6/per person. Therefore, for my family of three, it would only cost $18 and I had prepaid $239 with Viator. I was very annoyed before our guide even arrived. He did do a thorough job & was very pleasant. However, my husband and I are very educated on air & space museum accomplishments and my 14 year old daughter is capable of reading the signs. I feel we were overcharged for this and would like a $200 refund. It was an unfair amount for what we received.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
We enjoyed every minute of our tour...
MaryAnn_F
, Mar 2018
We enjoyed every minute of our tour. Terry Gish was our guide and he was extremely knowledgeable and fun. We were all fascinated by his genius when discussing the air and space museum. Thank you so very much for a rich experience and a great day.
star-5
Our tour guide was great! He took us...
Elmorehouse
, Oct 2017
Our tour guide was great! He took us through the museum to ensure we saw the places he knew would get backed up quick first, so hardly any lines. He was very knowledgeable and told us about the other air and space museum by Dulles as our son is a huge WWII plane buff. It was definitely worth it!
star-5
Our guide was informative, friendly...
Eric B
, Oct 2017
Our guide was informative, friendly, prompt and eager to answer our questions.

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