Castle to Capitol: Museums of the National Mall Architecture Tour


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A full refund will apply if you cancel more than 24 hours before the activity start time.

Duration2 hours
Guide LanguageEnglish
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Hear the stories behind our best loved and little known Smithsonian museums!
Washington’s most famous and lesser known museums can be found on the East side of the National Mall, laid out between the Capitol Building and the Washington Monument. Called “America’s Attic,” the Smithsonian Institution is one of the largest museum organizations in the world, with 30 million annual visitors, 19 museums and over 140 million items in the collection. On this tour, explore how the Smithsonian Institution has helped shape the fabric of the National Mall since 1847. Please note, this tour is mostly outdoors, plus a visit inside of the Smithsonian Castle.
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Your tour begins outside the Smithsonian Castle, the headquarters of the largest museum complex in the world!
We'll discuss the beautiful and unique design of this second home of the Smithsonian Institution.
Our spaceship on the National Mall.
We'll examine the stark contrast between the Neoclassical West building and Modern East building of the National Gallery of Art.
Meant to look sculpted by the wind and water, this beautiful building has a tumultuous past.
A hidden gem among museums along the National Mall!
A secret spot off the National Mall with a historic and beautiful fountain, sculpted by someone unexpected!
We'll wrap up at the foot of Capitol Hill, with breathtaking views of the US Capitol and the National Mall!


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Additional Information

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Infants and small children can ride in a pram or stroller
  • Service animals allowed
  • Public transportation options are available nearby
  • Transportation options are wheelchair accessible
  • All areas and surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Suitable for all physical fitness levels
  • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough guests to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, an alternative or full refund will be provided.

Guide Languages

  • English

Cancellation Policy

  • A full refund will apply if you cancel more than 24 hours before the activity start time.

  • No refund is possible if you cancel less than 24 hours before the activity start time.