Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History Tour in Washington, DC

Babylon Tours10th St. & Constitution Ave. NWWashington, DC 20560
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All visitors ages 2 and older are required to wear a mask while visiting the museum, regardless of vaccination status.

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Nature, humans, and science come together in a mind-blowing exhibit to show you the best parts of the natural world. Learn about the Earth’s past and how the museum helps to create a sustainable future. Be able to see some of the greatest work and research done for the good of our world. Whether you want to view ocean exhibits, learn about Egyptian mummies, or take pictures of the Hope Diamond, you will leave the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History with a new sense of awe and wonder.

2 to 8 people

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Washington Travel Experts
  • All visitors ages 2 and older are required to wear a mask while visiting the museum, regardless of vaccination status.
  • Tour lasts 1.5 – 2 hours.
  • For shorter wait times, enter via the National Mall on Madison Drive.
  • Help speed up your entry into the Museum by having your bags open and ready for inspection and empty your pockets before going through the screening station.
  • Cameras are permitted in the museum.
  • All exhibits are wheelchair accessible. Elevators in all necessary areas.


from Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History Tour
Get up close with the natural world’s most stunning surprises during a 1.5 to 2-hour semi-private guided museum tour of the National Museum of Natural History, welcoming up to 8 guests. This tour will introduce you to the museum’s highlights as you wander both land and sea with your personal guide.

The collection is housed in a purpose-built structure that covers the area of 18 football fields, but your guide will be there to make sure you don’t waste a second exploring the best parts. You’ll marvel at the 46-karat Hope Diamond, whose brilliant blue sparkle caught the eyes of Louis XIV and Marie Antoinette before disappearing during the French Revolution.

As you gawk at the gems and jewels, you’ll gaze at the glowing Dom Pedro Aquamarine, the world’s largest gem of its type. Lose the glitz as you come face to face with real mummies and explore the rituals and routines of Ancient Egypt. These Egyptians aren’t the only once-living specimens on display. Giraffes, elephants, polar bears, and other land giants are stuffed and mounted for your pleasure.

Then set sail towards the Ocean Hall, where a real-life coral reef exhibit brings the sea to you. Learn the story behind Phoenix, a 45-ton whale that the museum has been following in the wild, as you stand in front of a life-sized replica. With only 126.5 million artifacts housed in the National Museum of Natural History’s collection, you’ll be thankful to your guide for navigating them for you.

Highlights Generally Include (but not limited to):

  • Hope Diamond

  • Dom Pedro Aquamarine

  • Star of Asia sapphire

  • Egyptian mummies exhibit

  • Live Fossil Lab with working scientists

  • Natural Wonders of the World photography exhibit

  • Ocean’s Hall exhibit

  • Arctic narwhal exhibit

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Frequently Asked Questions about Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History Tour

When is the museum open?

The National Museum of Natural History is closed on Monday and Tuesday and open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., except December 25.

Are masks still required?

All visitors ages 2 and older are required to wear a mask while visiting the museum, regardless of vaccination status.

Will there be security screening? 

For everyone’s safety, all visitors are required to go through screening during the security process. One of our security personnel will conduct a thorough but hand-check of all bags, briefcases, purses, strollers, and containers. Please visit the Smithsonian’s security information page for more information on prohibited items. 

All visitors are required to walk through a metal detector. Those unable to go through the metal detector will be hand-screened with an electronic wand by security personnel.

Protective safety shields have been installed at bag-check screening stations and register. We encourage visitors to limit the number of personal belongings and bags brought into the museum as they will be subject to a thorough search. Limiting the items brought will increase your speed through security checkpoints and help us all maintain a safe social distance. Please note that we do not offer coat, bag, or locker storage at this time.

Will everything be open at NMNH?

We will open as much as we determine it is safe to open, but some spaces will remain closed for now. 

 The restrooms will be open. Limited locker storage is available for small bags and items. The Atrium Café is currently open 11:30am-3:30pm. The Gallery Store and Family Store are currently open from 12pm-5:30pm.

Will the museum cafés and retail shops be open?

The Atrium Café is open from 11:30am-3:30pm. The Ocean Terrace Café will remain closed during the initial stage of reopening. The Family Store, Gallery Store, and Gems and Minerals Store are open from 10am-5:30pm.

Is there a coat or bag check at the museum?

We have limited locker storage available for small bags and items. Visitors are encouraged to travel as lightly as possible and refrain from bringing large bags and packs for the best museum experience.

Are there family-friendly restrooms?

A restroom designated for family use is located on the 1st floor of the museum, off of the Sant Ocean Hall. 

Can I bring my stroller, scooter, walker, wheelchair or any type of mobility device?

The museum is accessible to visitors using strollers, scooters, walkers, wheelchairs, and mobility devices. There are elevators available to visitors on every floor of the museum.

Are wheelchairs available?

A very limited number of manual wheelchairs are available free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis for use while visiting the museum. You are encouraged to bring a wheelchair with you due to limited availability.