What Are Some Smithsonian Museum Tours?

What Are Some Smithsonian Museum Tours?

Smithsonian Museum tours include the Air and Space Museum, Natural History Museum, American History Museum and the National Gallery of Art Museum. The Smithsonian also offers outdoor walking tours of public places and private institutions.

The Smithsonian Air and Space Museum tour includes the Wright Brothers' 1903 aircraft, the Spirit of St. Louis and the Apollo 11 command module. Artifacts from the United States' first moon landing are also a part of the Air and Space Museum Tour.

The Smithsonian Natural History Museum tour covers prehistoric items and animals including fossils, dinosaurs, mastodons and remnants from tar pits and volcanic eruptions. Also included in the tour are visits to view the Hope Diamond and the world's largest collection of preserved vertebrates.

Commonly referred to as the "Museum of Pop Culture" by Smithsonian tour guides, the Smithsonian American History Museum offers tours that show items such as the Muppets, Judy Garland's ruby slippers from "The Wizard of Oz," Julia Child's kitchen and the original American flag that flew over Ft. McHenry, inspiring Francis Scott Key to write "The Star-Spangled Banner."

Although not a Smithsonian museum, guides include the National Gallery of Art museum in the Smithsonian circuit of tours. The museum, which inhabits works by such artists as Rembrandt, Van Gogh and Monet, is also home to "Ginevra De'Benci," the only piece by Leonardo Da Vinci on display in the United States.