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Castle to Capitol: Museums of the National Mall Walking Tour

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Overview

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.
  • Explore Washington DC’s National Mall
  • Visit the Smithsonian Castle with included admission
  • Focus on the architectural and design elements of these famous museums
  • Educational and fun for the entire family
  • Small group ensure a personal experience
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Departure Point

Smithsonian Castle, 1000 Jefferson Dr SW, Washington, DC 20560, USA

Return Details

Garfield Monument, 2436 Rayburn House Office Bldg, Washington, DC 20016, USA
Visit the Smithsonian Institution and some of America’s most famous museums — focusing on their architectural elements — on this National Mall walking tour in Washington, DC.

Most of Washington's best-loved and frequently visited museums can be found on the east side of the National Mall, located between the United States Capitol building and the Washington Monument.

The tour begins at the Smithsonian Castle and Garden. The Smithsonian Institution, also known as ‘America's Attic,’ is one of the largest museum organizations in the world — boasting 30 million annual visitors, 19 museums and more than 140 million items in its vast collection. Explore how the Smithsonian has helped to shape the fabric of the National Mall, from its beginnings in 1847 until today.

In addition to the Smithsonian Castle and Garden, see the James V. Forrestal Building (also known as the Department of Energy), the Arts and Industries Building, the Hirshhorn Museum, the National Air and Space Museum, the National Gallery of Art (from a distance), the National Museum of the American Indian, the United States Botanic Garden and the United States Capitol building.

The tour concludes on the west lawn of the US Capitol building.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Smithsonian Institution Building
Your tour begins outside the Smithsonian Castle, the headquarters of the largest museum complex in the world!
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building
We'll discuss the beautiful and unique design of this second home of the Smithsonian Institution.
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Our spaceship on the National Mall.
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
National Air and Space Museum
The second most popular museum in the world!
Pass By:  
National Gallery of Art
We'll examine the stark contrast between the Neoclassical West building and Modern East building of the National Gallery of Art.
Stop At:  
National Museum of the American Indian
Meant to look sculpted by the wind and water, this beautiful building has a tumultuous past.
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
United States Botanic Garden
A hidden gem among museums along the National Mall!
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Bartholdi Park
A secret spot off the National Mall with a historic and beautiful fountain, sculpted by someone unexpected!
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Capitol Hill
We'll wrap up at the foot of Capitol Hill, with breathtaking views of the US Capitol and the National Mall!
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, an alternative or full refund will be offered
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY DC Design Tours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • 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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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Castle to Capitol: Museums of the National Mall Walking Tour?
A:
The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Castle to Capitol: Museums of the National Mall Walking Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Castle to Capitol: Museums of the National Mall Walking Tour?
A:
The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Castle to Capitol: Museums of the National Mall Walking Tour.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Castle to Capitol: Museums of the National Mall Walking Tour?
A:
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Castle to Capitol: Museums of the National Mall Walking Tour.

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