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The Smithsonian Tours and Activities

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With 19 museums, nine research centers, and the National Zoological Park, it's no surprise the Smithsonian Institution is one of the most famous collections of museums in the United States and around the globe. Whether you're a history buff, a science lover, or an art enthusiast, you'll definitely want to spend at least a few hours—or maybe even a few days—in these world-renowned collections.

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10am - 5:30pm daily. Closed Dec 25
1000 Jefferson Drive SW, Washington D.C., 20013
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Big Bus Washington DC Open Top Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Big Bus Washington DC Open Top Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

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Discover the most popular sights in Washington, DC on this relaxing hop-on hop-off bus tour. Drive past many of the top attractions in the nation’s capital — including the White House, the Washington Monument, the National Mall, historic Georgetown, and Arlington National Cemetery, and choose where you want to get off and explore in more detail. Select a 1- or 2-day pass, then hop on at any of the stops on two different routes and get to know the city with an audio commentary. The 2-day Deluxe option includes a Night Tour.
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  • 1 hour to 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$44.10
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$44.10
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Washington DC Sightseeing Trolley Tour with 1 Stop

Washington DC Sightseeing Trolley Tour with 1 Stop

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Depart from the Washington DC Welcome Center and take a 90 minute Washington DC trolley tour to explore the nation’s capital. The route encompasses the city’s top attractions, including the White House, Lincoln Memorial and the National Mall.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$49.00
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$49.00
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Half-Day Grand Sightseeing Tour of Washington DC with Stops at 8 Top Sites

Half-Day Grand Sightseeing Tour of Washington DC with Stops at 8 Top Sites

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Get a panoramic look at Washington DC on this 4-hour Half Day 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. Tour stops at 8 top Attractions including White House, US Capitol, Franklin Roosevelt Memorial, Martin Luther King Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Korean War Memorial, Vietnam Memorial, and Nurses Memorial. Bonus: Upgrade option available at checkout for those who would like to extend their half-day city hour into an 8-hour full day guided city tour including a visit to George Washington's Mount Vernon.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$59.00
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$59.00
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Washington DC City Day Tour with Stops at 10 Top Attractions

Washington DC City Day Tour with Stops at 10 Top Attractions

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Experience the history and culture of the nation’s capital on this comprehensive, half-day, small-group tour. Travel in a comfortable vehicle complete with phone chargers, umbrellas, and a flat-screen TV, and see Washington DC’s monuments, museums, and memorials with a guide. See the US Capitol building, the White House, the Mall and more. Avoid the hassles of driving, or navigating public transportation and leave the logistics to your guide.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$80.00
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$80.00
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Washington DC National Mall Night Tour - Stops at 10 Iconic Attractions!
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Washington DC National Mall Night Tour - Stops at 10 Iconic Attractions!

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Washington DC’s monuments and landmarks light up after dark, perfect for dramatic views and memorable photos of the capital city. Explore the sights from the National Mall to the White House and key memorials as your guide provides informative narration about each site. Hop off at select sights to get an up-close look with your small-group and guide. This tour includes transport between locations.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$80.00
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$80.00
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Washington DC Monuments Bike Tour

Washington DC Monuments Bike Tour

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See the historical sights of Washington DC with an up-close view of significant monuments on a bike tour by comfortable cruiser. Ride an easy route over flat terrain from the National Mall to the Potomac Tidal Basin and view DC landmarks including the Washington Monument, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, and Jefferson Memorial as you explore the attractions with a knowledgeable guide.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$46.00
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Half-Day Washington DC City Tour with Multi-Lingual Guide

Half-Day Washington DC City Tour with Multi-Lingual Guide

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Washington, D.C.’s rich and storied history runs the gamut of political intrigue, scandals, murders, and some of the greatest moments in U.S. history. This fully narrated tour combines walking and driving to major sites like the White House, the Pentagon FBI building, and the National Archives. Guides narrate the stops as you travel, and the tour is available in Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, or English.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$60.00
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$60.00
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Sites by Segway Tour In Washington DC

Sites by Segway Tour 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
  • Free Cancellation
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$66.00
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$66.00

Washington DC Private Tour with Spanish or Portuguese Option

Washington DC Private Tour with Spanish or Portuguese Option

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Explore the famous sites of Washington DC on this private tour. Choose from a morning or afternoon departure, then climb aboard a luxury vehicle and enjoy an educational and entertaining account of the nation’s capital with a private guide. Travel around and through the plethora of famous war memorials, monuments, and landmarks. From DC’s residential neighborhoods to Arlington, Virginia and back, experience this comprehensive tour of the city. Hotel pickup/drop-off included.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$410.96
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Washington DC After Dark Sightseeing Night-Time Tour with Stops at 8 Top Sites

Washington DC After Dark Sightseeing Night-Time Tour with Stops at 8 Top Sites

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There's a certain magic to Washington DC that can only be experienced at night. It's a time when the powerful Lincoln Memorial is bathed in soft white light, and the Washington Monument, Capitol, and White House appear even more grandiose. Along with a knowledgeable local guide, take a tour of Washington DC well after the sun has gone down, and feel the buzz, magic, and pulse of America's capital by night.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$59.00
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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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New York to Washington DC Day Trip by Rail

New York to Washington DC Day Trip by Rail

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Explore the America’s most historic landmarks and museums on a full-day trip to Washington D.C. from New York City. Start with a scenic journey by rail, then enjoy a 2-course lunch at the Hard Rock Café upon arrival in Washington.  Board a double-decker bus for a sightseeing tour of the city, and enjoy the freedom to hop-on and hop-off so you can explore the sights that interest you most. Visit D.C.’s marble memorials, moving cemeteries and government buildings at your own pace, then board an evening train back to NYC.
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  • 16 hours
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$350.94
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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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2-Hour National Mall Walking Tour from Washington DC

2-Hour National Mall Walking Tour from Washington DC

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Take a fully-guided, interactive 2-hour walking tour where they will discover the most iconic monuments found along the National Mall in Washington DC. You will explore America’s most-visited national park, where the past, present, and future come together adorned with monuments and memorials that honor American forefathers and heroes. You will see the National Stage where historic movements and celebrations have taken place such as the “I Have a Dream” speech and the AIDS Quilt. You will listen as your engaging guide tells your family the story behind the monuments and memorials along the Mall—what they stand for, why they were built, and what historical figures or events are associated with them.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$25.00
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Private Customized DC Sights Biking Tour

Private Customized DC Sights Biking Tour

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Experience Washington, DC’s landmarks, museums, and monuments on a three-hour private cycling tour. Your expert guide knows the best bike routes to insure a great day out, and combines historical insights about top DC spots with plenty of opportunities to stop and explore along the way. See the White House, Smithsonian Museums, Lincoln Memorial and more. This tour is ideal for any fitness or experience level and offers visitors a way to see the sights in a relaxed, personalized way. Bike rentals can be arranged at an additional cost.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$499.00
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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
  • Free Cancellation
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$100.69
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Customized Private 5 Hour Tour From Pick Up to Drop Off

Customized Private 5 Hour Tour From Pick Up to Drop Off

Create a unique touring experience of your own with the Custamized Private Tour! The tour features a guaranteed private experience for just your group or family. Visit anywhere in D.C! The itinerary is flexible and extendable at your request. Extra pay applies after 5 hours locked down.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$103.58
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The Washington DC Sightseeing Day Pass: Save Big at 15+ Monumental Attractions

The Washington DC Sightseeing Day Pass: Save Big at 15+ Monumental Attractions

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Discover the highlights of DC with a sightseeing pass that includes convenient hop-on hop-off bus transportation and the chance to visit more than 15 different attractions. There is so much to see in DC, it can be hard for travelers who are short on time to fit it all in. However, with this pass, you can experience everything without worrying about wasting time getting from one place to the next.
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  • 1 to 3 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$91.29
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Private Washington DC Day Trip from New York

Private Washington DC Day Trip from New York

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Visit Washington, D.C., on a private, full-day trip from New York City with a chauffeured minivan that accommodates up to six passengers. Enjoy the ride in comfort and style, then spend a day exploring the capital’s most important sites. See the United States Capitol and the moving tombs of the Arlington National Cemetery, then continue to the White House and Presidential memorials. Visit the museums and monuments that line the National Mall before returning to New York.
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  • 15 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$1,199.00
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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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Private Day or Night Tour of Washington DC Stopping at your Wishlist of DC Sites
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Private Day or Night Tour of Washington DC Stopping at your Wishlist of DC Sites

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Experience the history and grandeur of the nation’s capital on a private 3-hour tour. Work with your personal guide and driver to curate the ideal tour incorporating your must-see spots or rely on their local expertise to create a fascinating tour. Go inside the House and Senate Galleries and see where the nation’s laws are debated. See the White House, Supreme Court and much more. This tour is ideal for visitors looking for a personalized experience
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$549.00
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Monumental Tour of the National Mall

Monumental Tour of the National Mall

See DC Today on this 3-hour small-group tour. This tour starts at the Washington Grand Hyatt. Meet up with your guide, board one of our spacious tour vans, and get ready to have some fun. Your guide provides commentary on the history of Washington DC, the sites that you will visit, and the landmarks that you pass by throughout the tour. You will be getting out of the van at the Jefferson Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Martin Luther King Jr Memorial, Korean War Memorial, World War II Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and the Washington Monument. See the US Capitol Building from the National Mall. Take a photo at the gates of the White House. Pass by Smithsonian Museums, National Archives, Fords Theatre, FBI Building, and many more! - Our small-group tours are limited to just 10 people. - Contact us if you are interested in booking a private tour instead of this small-group tour. - Tour vans have phone chargers, complimentary waters & umbrellas. - We tour rain or shine.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Castle to Capitol: Museums of the National Mall Walking Tour
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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
  • Free Cancellation
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$48.00
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Private Washington DC Day or Night Tour up to 11 Guests

Private Washington DC Day or Night Tour up to 11 Guests

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This Private Washington DC Tour can accommodate up to 10-in temp controlled van. Travel from site to site in DC/ Northern VA area- professional guide, plus hotel pick up & drop off whenever you desire. What's on your wish list? Your guide will share history of city and details for each site you choose to visit. Frequent restroom stops; device chargers & water. Lunch or dinner can be worked in - reservations suggested. Call us 202-971-9116 for private tour options, times & dates. Sample Itinerary 4 hour tour: stop at west side of the United States Capitol. Take the Presidential Inauguration route down Pennsylvania Avenue to your next stop at White House. Travel to the center of the National Mall and visit World War II Memorial and Washington Monument. Head over to the Tidal Basin and see the Jefferson Memorial and Martin Luther King, Jr Memorial. Travel to the West Side of the National Mall and visit Lincoln Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial, and Vietnam Veterans Memorial. .
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$799.00
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What are The Smithsonian hours of operation?
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The Smithsonian hours of operation: 10am - 5:30pm daily. Closed Dec 25. 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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Should I book The Smithsonian tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since The Smithsonian can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 26 The Smithsonian tickets and tours on Viator.
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How much does it cost to visit The Smithsonian 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to The Smithsonian costs USD 25.00. Guided The Smithsonian tours start around USD 25.00 per person. See all 26 The Smithsonian tickets and tours on Viator.
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