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Smithsonian Museum Tours

Take a 2-hour tour that highlights an individual Smithsonian museum, exploring the highlights of the museums in an entertaining and engaging way.

How do you get to the Smithsonian? (With DC By Foot, of course!)

In reality, it depends - which one do you want to go to? There are 20 museums AND the National Zoo. You can't possibly see everything there is to see.

In fact, if you spent 1 minute at each exhibit it would take more than 258 years to see them all, but we're to help make sure you see the highlights.

We offer 90-minute tours that highlight an individual Smithsonian museum exploring the highlights on the National Mall in our enthusiastic and entertaining way.

We do NOT see everything... but we will endeavor to show you the coolest things on display. This is not a standard museum tour - expect intrigue and laughter (inside voices, though!)

DC by FootExcellentDC by Foot5.0 Based on 887 reviews fromSee all reviews review us onDawn M.Dawn M. ★★★★★ Inga was the star of the night, our group was talking about our tour the whole conference. Knowledgeable and entertaining - AND she made sure we fit so much in! Loved it!NYC E.NYC E. ★★★★★ Katherine was wonderful, informative and punctual. Enjoyable even by our teenage daughter. Highly recommend this tour.Marco A.Marco A. ★★★★★ Katherine foi incrível! Grande conhecimento, clareza nas explicações, gentil. Foi uma experiência marcante!Allie Z.Allie Z. ★★★★★ I am so fortunate to work with DC by Foot to organize private tours for my organization and have had nothing but positive experiences! The guides are knowledgeable, fun, and engaging, and we truly enjoy all of the walking tours that DC by Foot offers from Embassy Row to Capitol Hill and more! Would highly recommend for groups, private tours, and bringing friends and family who are visiting the city.Edward H.Edward H. ★★★★★ We arrange private tours for our students every semester. They learn so much about the history and life of DC. It is easy to visit the touristy spaces, but DC by Foot tours add such depth and context to those visits. I strongly recommend for any size group. The tour guides like to adjust their tours based on the questions and interests of the group. Can't say enough about how great the folks are at DC by Foot.Gordon K.Gordon K. ★★★★★ Fascinating and fun tour. Katherine was great. Her knowledge is impressive and she shares it in a fun and interesting way.Julie S.Julie S. ★★★★★ We enjoyed our tour so much. Great information and great delivery!!AnnikaAnnika ★★★★★ Katherine’s tour was exceptional to say the least! She went above and beyond as a tour guide giving insightful information about Washington DC and the National Mall. Couldn’t recommend more - a must do whilst visiting!!Melody M.Melody M. ★★★★★ Katherine did the Monuments tour and it was terrific! Good pace, lots of local “tips” and full of great stories - not just facts. Katherine was very knowledgeable and made the tour fun. I highly recommend.Seeing Marine One was an added treat!Michael S.Michael S. ★★★★★ - Excellent tour experience with Katherine Sunday! Using her tips and insights, we ended up spending over 5 hours on site and could have stayed longer...Michael I.Michael I. ★★★★★ Alema N.Alema N. ★★★★★ The tour was informative and fun. I would recommendTim R.Tim R. ★★★★★ Ingeborg was our tour guide and she was wonderful. Knowledgeable and patient, she provided fun and interesting insight into her discussion of Georgetown. We loved it.Wendy St. H.Wendy St. H. ★★★★★ The tour explored many of the memorials at the capital including: the Lincoln Memorial, Martin Luther King memorial, the Korean memorial as well as WW1. Our guide had a degree in history and was extremely knowledgeable as well as interesting. I would highly recommend this company.Alejandro la C.Alejandro la C. ★★★★★ Greta tour, 100% recommended. Becca was our guide and she was amazing!Regi S.Regi S. ★★★★★ Becca is a phenomenal guide. Her knowledge is unmatched much like her positive energy! The best experience and tour guide ever!!Melissa S.Melissa S. ★★★★★ Becca was the BEST storyteller and my family loved our experience, even with the rain.Keiya C.Keiya C. ★★★★★ An amazing experience with lots of information! Another great tour by DC by FootJudy M G.Judy M G. ★★★★★ Manja B.Manja B. ★★★★★ Rasheen C.Rasheen C. ★★★★★ Becca led our tour of Georgetown GLOW. She was professional, friendly, and knowledgeable about the installations and neighborhood. The tour finished in an hour and a half. It didn't feel at all rushed or too long.Omar Z.Omar Z. ★★★★★ Becca was a great guide! We did the Capitol & library tour;; she was very kind, knowledgeable and we got to see many details. Thanks to this tour I was able to see more than I could have seen by myself. Thank you!Carolyn F.Carolyn F. ★★★★★ Thoroughly enjoyed the Georgetown GLOW Lights and Public Art walking tour led by Kathleen. The mile tour encompassed all 5 of this year's GLOW light sculptures plus several other outdoor sculptures along the river front. Kathleen talked knowledgeably about each piece and its artists/engineers. Kathleen made the tour fun as well as informative.Owami M.Owami M. ★★★★★ I have a good and trustworthy account manager that allows me to withdraw my profits anytime I want and I can monitor everything going on in my account when he is busy trading with he expert team and I don't have issues with pending withdrawals. I must admit that he's a very honest man. I have no way of thanking he than letting people know about he services and recommend him for everyone to trade on he's platform. he's 100% accurate and up-to-date. Kindly contact him: FB: Killian Bayer
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Gyöngyvér S.Gyöngyvér S. ★★★★★ Fantastic tour with Becca in Washington DC. Lots of intresting detailed information. I highly recommend for first visitorsAlissa Gibson S.Alissa Gibson S. ★★★★★ I can not recommend DC tours by foot enough….we loved our Monuments by Moonlight tour guide Katherine. The booking process and communication with the tour guide was easy and convenient. The monuments are just breathtaking at night and we loved learning about all the symbolism in their designs. Katherine made the tour fun and interesting, she was great with my 12 year old and the other families in our group. My 12 year old son dug $5 out of his own wallet to add to what we were paying at the end of the tour. And that says a lot about our guide!!Hannes Gaudian (.Hannes Gaudian (. ★★★★★ Wir hatten eine tolle Moonlight & Memorials Tour mit Becca. Mit Witz und unglaublichen Wissen verging die Zeit leider wie im Flug!Karen O.Karen O. ★★★★★ Our tour guide was great - very knowledgeable and helpful. Would recommend.Kathryn W.Kathryn W. ★★★★★ DC by Foot was a smart decision to do. The tour was great .Ingeborg our guide was very knowledgeable and kept the group engaged. We learned a lot of great information that we would not have known otherwise. I highly recommend the 3 hour Tidal Basinand Monument tour. Our tour guide was excellent and from what I have heard they are all pretty spectacular.binit P.binit P. ★★★★★ We did two tours. One with Dan in the national mall and one with Ingeborg in Georgetown. Really enjoyed both our walks. The night tour at the national mall was special and different than the one I did couple of years ago. There was history everywhere and it was so much fun listening to experienced guides.Shelby L.Shelby L. ★★★★★ These tours are always so wonderful, and our recent one was no exceptions. Monuments by Moonlight was a wonderful experience. The views of the monuments at night were breathtaking and our guide Dan was so knowledgeable, friendly, welcoming, and enthusiastic. 10/10 recommend these tours!!!Priti P.Priti P. ★★★★★ Ingeborg is knowledgeable and she shares a lot of historical and fun facts that makes the walk a lot of fun.Highly recommend her and the walk!Kathryn W.Kathryn W. ★★★★★ Great experience. First time in DC and it made seeing all the major outdoor monuments interesting and fun. The three hours moved along and we enjoyed the mixture of facts and sites. Highly recommend.Juliana V.Juliana V. ★★★★★ Katherine is a great guide. She has a spread knoledge and she is very kind and funny!Myra N.Myra N. ★★★★★ We took a ghost tour of Georgetown with Colin and he was an incredible guide! He was so knowledgeable about the neighborhood and had such a breadth of historical knowledge. He was able to answer all of our questions thoughtfully, and overall, the tour was such an enjoyable experience. The 1.5 hours flew by! Would highly recommend to anyone wanting a fun evening activity and to learn more about Georgetown.Catherine M.Catherine M. ★★★★★ chris S.chris S. ★★★★★ Did two tours with DC by Foot last week, Moonlight and Memorials, and Arlington Cemetery, and have to say, we couldn't be more impressed. Both the tour leaders, Hannah and Maureen, were excellent, with a wealth of knowledge delivered in an entertaining and engaging way. The tours were well paced and organized, and I have already recommended DC by foot to friends who are planning a trip to Washington next month. Don't risk going with anyone else, just book with these guys and relax.HesterelizHestereliz ★★★★★ We really enjoyed the ghost tour. Becca was an engaging storyteller and knowledgeable guide.Suzy B.Suzy B. ★★★★★ Our walking tour of Embassy Row was great! Becca is an enthusiastic guide- well worth the timeM NM N ★★★★★ HGHG ★★★★★ The tour went very well , on time , interesting!!Becca was amazing !I highly recommend itRita M.Rita M. ★★★★★ Kayleigh was a terrific guide and it was a perfect event for our visiting team to do on a beautiful October evening.two thumbs up!Julie P.Julie P. ★★★★★ Really fun tour that's a mix of ghost stories and local history. A great way to see Georgetown!Michael G.Michael G. ★★★★★ Becca was an awesome guide, she provided a lot of historical background and interesting facts about all the many things we saw! As well she was able to help answer many questions from the group, and was always enthusiastic about the content.I did the Capitol Hill tour, which included exterior of Supreme Court, inside Library of Congress, and inside Congress itself.Highly recommend this walking tour!Allan L.Allan L. ★★★★★ I went on the Ghosts of Georgetown tour led by Kailey and she was excellent. It was raining pretty hard at first, but I guess that suited the mood. Kailey was great at storytelling about the history of this neighbourhood. Highly recommended. Make sure to walk down the Exorcist Steps at the end of the tour!Mikael A.Mikael A. ★★★★★ Maureen did a wonderful, heartfelt tour of Arlington. She is good a telling the stories and has a clear and easy to hear voice. Comes very recommended.And in general I would advice on using DC by Foot for the tour. Its more personal than being driven around and gives more time for reflexion and taking this breathtaking place in. The stories of some of the persons laid to rest here, makes the visit so much more intense and fullfilling!Diana E.Diana E. ★★★★★ Fiona J.Fiona J. ★★★★★ Great and informative tour… thoroughly enjoyed the stories and the way they were told…. Thank youAninda B.Aninda B. ★★★★★ We just completed the walking Ghosts of Georgetown tour and Kailey was the best. Great tour with a lot of history and spookiness baked in!Kristin K.Kristin K. ★★★★★ Had the pleasure of meeting Kevin today for our Arlington National Cemetery tour. He was awesome and offered so much information- on a VERY hot and humid day.Lucy M M.Lucy M M. ★★★★★ Just wanted to say a BIG thank you to Mrs Robert Stella for handling the trading of my account.
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Rizwan A.Rizwan A. ★★★★★ it was a short walking tour but Eli was an informative guide and gave us tips on booking a tour of the beautiful Congress Library and Capitol.

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Ryan W.Ryan W. ★★★★★ We had a great time! Our guide was very knowledgeable, not just about Lincoln’s Assassination, but the history of DC!Martin B.Martin B. ★★★★★ i did the monuments tour. Stephen is very knowledgeable, passionate and good storyteller. His tour made my visit to Washington a great experience!Kerri M.Kerri M. ★★★★★ Gideon was a great tour guide. his love of history shone through and it was a pleasure to be a part of. I highly recommend this tour and really any tour by this company!Brenda L.Brenda L. ★★★★★ Loved, loved, loved the Ghosts of Georgetown Tour! Got creepy vibes which my daughters and I loved. Also loved the bits of history thrown in about Robert Todd Lincoln and the Kennedys. Amelia was a great tour guide-entertaining and fun! I definitely recommend this tour to anyone looking for a fun spooky tour.Irina B.Irina B. ★★★★★ We recommend Andy for your tour of Cathedral! The tour we had with him was amazing!Karen M.Karen M. ★★★★★ Just finished the Ghosts of Georgetown tour with Erin and had a wonderful time! She was fun and knowledgeable an you can tell she enjoys what she does. It was history focused with spooky stuff mixed in, which is how I like my ghost tours. I brought a friend who has never been on a ghost tour and this one has convinced her to start looking for them when she travels!LeAnn Pomeroy C.LeAnn Pomeroy C. ★★★★★ What a great tour! Emilia was a fantastic tour guide. I can't believe how much we covered in 3 hours and she never made us feel rushed. She gave us plenty of time to take pictures, really see the memorials and take bathroom breaks. Emilia was so knowledgeable and had some very interesting stories that are not generally known. I definitely recommend DC by Foot and Emilia if you can get her.Inna Buzhaker B.Inna Buzhaker B. ★★★★★ We went on the walking tour of Georgetown with Rebecca. She was great - welcoming, informative, funny! Highly recommend!Efro M.Efro M. ★★★★★ A wonderful time, Becca was very knowledgeable!December R D.December R D. ★★★★★ We did three different tours by these ladies and they were amazing. They made them fun entertaining and had everyone engaged. I highly recommend them and would do more tours with them on my next trip. Thank you for taking the time to teach us about the history and making it fun and enjoyable to learn about. Keep up the great work.Mary Kay Tettemer L.Mary Kay Tettemer L. ★★★★★ We did the Ghosts of Georgetown tour with Melissa and she was just amazing! Very knowledgeable and her stories kept us entertained! Definitely recommend!Ann Sherlock C.Ann Sherlock C. ★★★★★ Emilia was great fun on our tour and very informative. Every tour I have taken the guides are excellent, personable and have a great sense of humor.Greg L.Greg L. ★★★★★ The Lincoln Assassination tour was the highlight of our family trip to Washington. Becca, our tour guide was outstanding. Her description of the assassination brought the night of April 14, 1865 to life. I have read a number of books on the topic but Becca added details that were new to me. She is extremely knowledgeable. I highly recommend this tour.Marilyn O M.Marilyn O M. ★★★★★ We did the monument night tour with Eli. He was knowledgeable, friendly and funny. This was so much better than any bus tour because you felt like a knowledgeable friend was showing you around. I would highly recommendAlicia P.Alicia P. ★★★★★ My husband and I did the evening Ghosts of Georgetown tour. Melissa was our guide and she was super entertaining and knowledgeable. Tour was well worth the price. Had a great time despite getting soaked in the rain! So glad we did this. Definitely recommend. 👍Marene C.Marene C. ★★★★★ My friends and I did the DC by foot Moonlight and Memorials tour and it was one of my favorite parts of our trip. Would definitely recommend this to everyone!Lauri M.Lauri M. ★★★★★ My son and I joined DC Tours by Foot for the Lincoln Assassination Tour. This was one of the highlights of our trip!! Becca kept everyone in our group engaged and hanging on every twist and turn of the story. Even though we were pretty familiar with the events, and the tour had to be modified due to COVID and other closures, we both loved our experience. Our only regret is that we didn't book more of our tours through DC Tours by Foot!

Important Information:

  • We cannot guarantee to see any specific exhibit/item but we'll try!
  • You will have to go through security to enter each museum. There is no skip the line option.
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Smithsonian Museum Tours

Natural History Museum Tour

The T.Rex from Night at the Museum? Yeah, that's in NYC but we have an elephant in the rotunda! But never fear, the Natural History museum has fossils galore.

If bones aren't your thing, we'll take you to see the Hope Diamond and the largest collection of vertebrates!

This small group public tour runs 2x a week in January and February.

Cost: Name your own price! You pay the guide what you thought it was worth at the end of the tour.

American History Museum Tour

Referred to loving by DC guides as the "Museum of Pop Culture", American History isn't all that old, so our history museum has things like: Muppets, Julia Child's kitchen, Judy Garland's ruby red slippers from the Wizard of Oz! But it has one significant historical artifact that everyone should see - the Star-Spangled Banner, the flag that flew over Ft. McHenry and inspired... well, the Star-Spangled Banner!

This small group public tour runs 2x a week in January and February.

Cost: Name your own price! You pay the guide what you thought it was worth at the end of the tour.

Air & Space Museum Tour

Houston, we have a problem - too many artifacts related to our aviation history to see on one tour!

We'll fly through the most visited of the Smithsonian museums, the Air & Space Museum, to see such gems as the Wright Brothers' 1903 flyer, the command module from Apollo 11, and the Spirit of St. Louis!

This tour is offered as a private tour only. For private tours rates and availability, please contact us at

National Gallery of Art Tour

(technically, this one isn't a Smithsonian but we love it anyways!)

Rembrandt, Turner, Van Gogh, Monet, Titian - the National Gallery of Art has works from some of the most well-known artists. With ever changing exhibits, this highlight tour explores the traditional art of the West Wing (of the Art Gallery, not the White House!).

The main draw of this stop - the only work of Leonardo Da Vinci in the Americas - Ginevra De'Benci.

Your guide will also explore the outdoor sculpture garden with you.

This tour is offered as a private tour only. For private tours rates and availability, please contact us at

National Portrait Gallery Tour

Learn insider secrets about the history of the building before it became the National Portrait Gallery and then explore the stories of the people inside with our expert guide.

From Presidents to pop stars, you'll see some of the most popular works of art and get to know the people they portray.

This tour is offered as a private tour only. For private tours rates and availability, please contact us at

National Archives Tour

Also, not a Smithsonian but it's nearby and we can include it in the combo tours. Discover the founding documents of the United States - the Bill of Rights, Constitution and Declaration of Independence as well as a few of the hidden items on display.

For private tours rates and availability, please contact us at - note this tour runs as private tour. We get tickets the same way you do so we cannot get you access if tickets are sold out but we have reserved tickets for a number of days in advance. 

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