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National Air and Space Museum Tours

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National Air and Space Museum
Among the largest and most popular Smithsonian museums, Washington D.C.’s National Air and Space Museum is devoted to all things aeronautics. Its three galleries house historic flying machines, from early airplanes—including the original 1903 Wright Flyer—to Apollo command modules, as well as state-of-the-art digital displays chronicling the history and science of flight in the United States. An on-site IMAX theater shows films throughout the day, and a planetarium offers further insight into the wonders of our solar system.
 
The Basics
Because of its large size, the National Air and Space Museum can be overwhelming. If you’d like someone to show you around, sign up for a private or small-group guided tour. Some tours combine a trip to the National Air and Space Museum with a visit to the nearby Museum of American History. While the vast majority of the museum is given over to permanent exhibitions covering everything from World War II to the Space Race, temporary exhibits are also hosted here. Free docent-led, 90-minute tours focusing on the highlights of the collection are held twice daily and are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
 
The museum has a second exhibition facility, the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center near Washington Dulles International Airport, which showcases more aircraft from the collection, including the Space Shuttle Discovery.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Bring small, easy-to-search bags to speed up your passage through security.
  • Tickets are required for IMAX and Planetarium shows, and for the flight simulators.
  • The National Air and Space Museum is accessible to wheelchairs.
  • Wi-Fi is available at the museum.
 
How to Get There
The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum is situated at the west end of the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The museum is fewer than five minutes from L’Enfant Plaza station (Blue, Orange, Green, Yellow, and Silver lines) and about 10 minutes from Smithsonian station (Blue, Orange, and Silver lines). To get to the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, take the Silver Line to Wiehle-Reston East and transfer to the Fairfax Connector bus 983.
 
When to Get There
The National Air and Space Museum is busiest from March through August. Avoid the crowds by coming early on the weekends or in late afternoon during the week.
 
Highlights of the Collection
In addition to the Wright brothers’ famous 1903 flight machine, the National Air and Space Museum displays many other noteworthy aircraft. Look for Lindbergh’s Spirit of St. Louis jet, Chuck Yeager’s Bell X-1 (the first plane to fly faster than the speed of sound), and SpaceShipOne, the first privately financed craft to successfully enter space. All are located in the Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall.
Address: 6th Street and Independence Avenue SW, National Mall, Washington D.C. 20560, USA
Hours: Open daily 10am - 5:30pm
Admission: Free
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The Smithsonian National Air Space Museum Private Guided Tour

The Smithsonian National Air Space Museum Private Guided Tour

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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.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$79.50
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$79.50
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Smithsonian Air & Space & American History Museum Tour- 8ppl Max

Smithsonian Air & Space & American History Museum Tour- 8ppl Max

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Combine history and the future on this small-group Smithsonian tour that visits both the National Museum of American History and the Air and Space Museum. Travel with a small group during this 5-hour tour, which ensures personalized attention from your guide.
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  • 5 hours to 5 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$143.10
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Washington DC Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley + Arlington Nat'l Cemetery, Water Taxi Upgrade

Washington DC Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley + Arlington Nat'l Cemetery, Water Taxi Upgrade

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Take a hop-on hop-off Washington DC trolley tour to explore the nation’s capital at your own pace. The route encompasses the city’s top attractions, including the White House, Lincoln Memorial, and Arlington National Cemetery (if option is selected). This is the only tour to take you into the Arlington National Cemetery (if option is selected). Just hop off at any stop when you want to explore, and then hop back on the trolley to continue around the city. When booking, select a silver, gold, or platinum pass, depending upon your interests.
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$49.00
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Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Guided Small Group Tour

Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Guided Small Group Tour

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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.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$79.50
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2-Day DC Grand Tour with Arlington National Cemetery.

2-Day DC Grand Tour with Arlington National Cemetery.

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Explore the most famous landmark locations in and around Washington, DC on this guided, 2-day sightseeing tour. Visit popular attractions like the White House Visitor Center, the United States Capitol and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, to name just a few. Then travel to Mount Vernon, George Washington's beloved plantation in Virginia and Arlington National Cemetery to witness the Changing of the Guard. Along the way, hear colorful stories and learn little known facts about all the monuments, statues, buildings and locations in and around DC.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$145.00
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$145.00
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Half-Day Grand Tour of Washington DC

Half-Day Grand Tour of Washington DC

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Get a panoramic look at Washington DC on this sightseeing tour that provides a comprehensive introduction to the United States capital and its historical and cultural landmarks. Listen to live narration as you see dozens of attractions, such as Lincoln Memorial, the exterior of the White House, Washington Monument and the National Mall, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery, and the Smithsonian buildings.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$53.42
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Washington DC Super Saver: Hop-on Hop-off Trolley + Monuments by Moonlight Tour

Washington DC Super Saver: Hop-on Hop-off Trolley + Monuments by Moonlight Tour

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Explore the best of Washington, DC on this narrated, hop-on hop-off trolley tour. Visit more than 100 points of interest among DC’s top attractions—like the White House, the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument, to name just a few. Depending upon your interest, select a silver, gold, or platinum pass, then board at any of the stops and get to know the nation’s capital in customized fashion, with live onboard commentary from a professional tour conductor. A guided moonlight trolley tour to the same landmark locations, illuminated for the evening, is also included.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$85.00
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Smithsonian Air & Space & American History Museum Guided Tour - Private Tour

Smithsonian Air & Space & American History Museum Guided Tour - Private Tour

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Enjoy personalized attention on this 5-hour combo tour that includes the Museum of American History and the National Air and Space Museum. Combine America's past and future, narrated by your dedicated guide.
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  • 5 hours to 5 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$143.10
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$143.10
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Washington DC Capital Sites Bike Tour

Washington DC Capital Sites Bike Tour

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Washington DC is full of historical sites and while it’s easy to explore on foot or by bus, this 2-wheel tour option gives travelers access to some of the city’s most popular landmarks. Check out the Lincoln Memorial, White House, Supreme Court and the Capitol on this Capital Sites Bike Tour. Your friendly guide shares plenty of history, facts, and city knowledge on this easy bike ride through the nation’s capital.
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  • 3 hours
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$46.00
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$46.00

Washington DC Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour and Attractions Pass

Washington DC Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour and Attractions Pass

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This hop-on hop-off Washington DC bus tour includes three different loops with live commentary plus a night bus tour and admission to up to five total attractions. Use your 48-hour pass to explore memorials and monuments such as the US Capitol, Vietnam Veterans Memorial and Lincoln Memorial. Choose entry to attractions including the International Spy Museum and Madame Tussauds, or select a full-day bike rental.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$69.00
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Sites by Segway In Washington DC

Sites by Segway In Washington DC

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Experience Washington DC like never before on this guided small-group Segway tour. Learn about the history of the nation’s capital, and one of the most popular destinations in the US, while gliding around the city. See iconic landmarks like the United States Capitol, National Mall, Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument and many more—a perfect overview of the city for first-time visitors or anyone wanting to see the sites. Guided Segway training plus bottled water and snacks are included. Dress in weather-appropriate clothes with flat, closed-toed shoes.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$66.00
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Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour of Washington DC: Monuments, Landmarks and Memorials

Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour of Washington DC: Monuments, Landmarks and Memorials

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Explore the most popular sites in Washington, DC on this hop-on hop-off bus tour. Visit many of the top attractions in the nation’s capital — like the White House, Washington Monument, the National Mall, historic Georgetown, Arlington National Cemetery and more. Select a 1- or 2-day pass, for access to three separate routes and get to know the city in custom fashion, with live and recorded narration.
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  • 1 hour to 1 hour 45 minutes
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$49.00
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Presidential Inauguration Preview Tour in Washington DC

Presidential Inauguration Preview Tour in Washington DC

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Walk in the footsteps of many US presidents on this tour of Washington DC. During this 3-hour experience, visit the essential locations in the inauguration process, including the parade route down Pennsylvania Avenue and the US Capitol building, where the new president takes the oath of office. At the White House, see where the president and presidential spouse host the Inaugural Ball, then continue to the Jefferson Memorial and listen to your guide tell historical anecdotes about inaugurations past. Visit the National Building Museum and the National Air and Space Museum to expand your understanding of the inaugural process.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$50.35
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Private Executive mini bus DC Tours

Private Executive mini bus DC Tours

Looking for Washington DC private tours? Explore DC with World’s Five Star Limo Service. This Executive mini bus tours is for up to 32 people. We provide pick up and drop off at any desired place in Washington DC, Virginia and Maryland. Distinguish customer service, modified limos and reliability shape our Tour Quality. Capture yourself in front of most of the historical buildings in the shortest possible time.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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$865.76
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Private SUV DC Tour

Private SUV DC Tour

Looking for Washington DC private tours? Explore DC with World’s Five Star Limo Service. This SUV Tour is for up to 7 people. We provide pick up and drop off at any desired place in Washington DC, Virginia and Maryland. Distinguish customer service, modified limos and reliability shape our Tour Quality. Capture yourself in front of most of the historical buildings in the shortest possible time.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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$437.27
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Private Mercedes Sprinter Van DC Tour

Private Mercedes Sprinter Van DC Tour

Looking for Washington DC private tours? Explore DC with World’s Five Star Limo Service. This Mercedes Van Tour is for up to 14 people. We provide pick up and drop off at any desired place in Washington DC, Virginia and Maryland. Distinguish customer service, modified limos and reliability shape our Tour Quality. Capture yourself in front of most of the historical buildings in the shortest possible time.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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$546.85
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Washington DC National Mall and Museums Pedicab Tour

Washington DC National Mall and Museums Pedicab Tour

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Explore Washington DC's must-see sights on a fun pedicab ride. Your informative guide will pedal you past some of the capital city's must-see sights. See the U.S. Capitol, the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument at the National Mall. Pass by the Hirshorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Chinatown, the National Archives Building and the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum. Play some trivia games with your guide and small group of fellow travelers for the chance to win a prize.
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  • 1 hour 20 minutes
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$100.69
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Castle to Capitol: Museums of the National Mall Walking Tour

Castle to Capitol: Museums of the National Mall Walking Tour

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Take a stroll along America’s ‘front yard’ during this guided, small-group walking tour of the museums of the National Mall in Washington, DC. Go on a walk on the east side of the National Mall, between the United States Capitol Building and the Washington Monument, with a historian guide, and learn about the design and stories behind each museum. This tour also includes admission to the Smithsonian Castle.
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  • 2 hours
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$40.00
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$40.00
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Rides & Tours on the National Mall

Rides & Tours on the National Mall

This is a private tour in the open. If you like the outdoors, this is for you. The tour will be designed for you.
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  • 1 hour
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$123.08
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1-Day Washington D.C. Tour ( Washington D.C Departure ) ( DC1 )

1-Day Washington D.C. Tour ( Washington D.C Departure ) ( DC1 )

1. Visit the heart of superpower country: the White House (outside), inside Tour of U.S. Capitol and the Library of Congress. 2. Tour in Lincoln Memorial, Korean War Memorial and Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Visit National Air& Space Museum. 3. Be on the Sightseeing National ferry cruise of Washington D.C.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
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$65.00
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$65.00

Washington DC Museums - National Mall East Tourist Scavenger Hunt

Washington DC Museums - National Mall East Tourist Scavenger Hunt

This Tourist Scavenger Hunt takes you through the Eastern part of the National Mall where Washington's Museums are located. There are a few side trips to see various interesting things you're expecting to see, and other things you didn't know where there. It takes 2-3 hours to complete, do it whenever you wish - you select your own date and start time, no scheduling or reservation needed. 20+ challenges, games and enigmas to solve as you walk through this historic neighborhood.
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  • 3 hours
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$34.40
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Extended Monuments & Memorials Tour

Extended Monuments & Memorials Tour

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You can see all Washington DC Monuments and Memorials, the White House and the Capitol at your own pace, with no bus-filled crowding or walking — and no waiting. You'll be protected from the weather, including rain, snow and sun. Kid friendly and your dogs are most welcome! This is the best option for anyone with a mobility impairment. Our most popular tour is the Monuments and Memorials tour. We have done this tour 100+ different ways, depending on our guest's wishes. This is a tour of the entire National Mall on tricycle and includes the Washington Monument, Jefferson Memorial, FDR Memorial, MLK Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Korean, Vietnam and WWII War Memorials, and the White House, as well as other memorials. We also conduct night tours, which usually include all the amazing lit-up sights (our favorites at night are The White House, World War II, Lincoln, Jefferson, Roosevelt and the Capitol).
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  • 4 hours 45 minutes
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$780.28
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Monumental Electric Bike Tour

Monumental Electric Bike Tour

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Washington DC’s historic center spans a large area and can be difficult to see on foot. This electric bike tour allows you to cover more ground and cycle past highlights such as the Smithsonian museums, the Capitol Building, the White House, and Tidal Basin. With a motor to assist as you pedal, you’re free to concentrate on the city’s notable sights and listen as your guide points out hidden treasures you might not notice on your own.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$79.00
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$79.00

Private Hummer Limo DC Tours

Private Hummer Limo DC Tours

Looking for Washington DC private tours? Explore DC with World’s Five Star Limo Service. This Hummer Limo Tour is for up to 15 people. We provide pick up and drop off at any desired place in Washington DC, Virginia and Maryland. Distinguish customer service, modified limos and reliability shape our Tour Quality. Capture yourself in front of most of the historical buildings in the shortest possible time.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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$854.80
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Frequently Asked Questions

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What are National Air and Space Museum hours of operation?
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National Air and Space Museum hours of operation: Open daily 10am - 5:30pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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