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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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.


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


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.
The second most popular museum in the world!
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.