Spread your wings of imagination when you visit the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington DC. Explore the most comprehensive range of jet planes, satellites, spacecraft, microchips and several artifacts which represent major landmarks in the aviation and space industry with the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Highlights Group Tour.
The English speaking guides for this tour have been working directly with the Smithsonian’s curators and historians to provide the most accurate information as well as insider insights, to ensure that you don’t miss a thing!
See the best of over 30,000 aviation-related and more than 9,000 space related artifacts on display, including the first aircraft invented by the Wright Brothers, the Apollo Lunar Module which transported Neil Armstrong to the moon, the Hubble Space Telescope and many more historical instruments.
Your visit will include incredible stories of World War l and II to the present as well as history of the Cold War. Examine the evolution of aircraft that contributed to the growth of the air transportation industry. Compare experiences of early airplane passengers with those of today's passengers and speculate on what the next fifty years will bring.
For Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Highlights Group Tour, meet your English speaking guide at the main entrance of Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. With more than 30,000 aviation-related and more than 9,000 space related artifacts on display, the guide will showcase the best of the largest collection of historic aircraft and spacecraft in the world.
The major highlights of the tour are: Milestones of Flight: The gallery exhibits the first major discoveries which gave an impetus to the dream of flight possible. Some of the artifacts include the replica of Sputnik I, the first artificial satellite, Bell XP-59A Airacomet, America’s first turbojet aircraft, Mariner 2, the first spacecraft to study another planet amongst others.
Space Race: Research and discovery in space industry was one of the critical areas in the cold war between the two post World War II power blocs – the United States of America and the Soviet Union. This gallery displays the military origins of the Space Race and gives an insight into US- Soviet Union space rivalry. You will find a German V-1 "buzz bomb" and V 2 missile, a Skylab Orbital Workshop, and a full-size test version of the Hubble Space Telescope.
Apollo Lunar Module: Here, the guide will tell you all about the launch of Apollo 11 and how the United States beat the Soviet Union in the space race, by sending the first men (Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin) on the moon and returning safely to Earth.
Wright Brothers Exhibition: This gallery has the first airplane invented by Wilbur Wright and Orville wright on display. Also, historical photographs, artifacts and instruments are showcased along with the aircraft.
World War II Aviation Exhibition: The gallery showcases the aircrafts used in World War II and majorly focuses on land-based fighter aviation. The fighter planes on display are a British Supermarine Spitfire, German Messerschmitt Bf 109, Italian Macchi C.202 Folgore, US North American P-51 Mustang, and Japanese Mitsubishi A6M Zero.
Other attractions covered in the tour are special orbitors, Skylab Orbital Workshop and Great War in the Air exhibition.
The tour ends at the interior entrance of the museum from where the guide will give you an overview of National Mall.
11 Apr – 31 Oct: Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday
Start Time: 10:00am & 2:00pm
Duration: 2.5 hours
Entrance of Smithsonian Air & Space Museum, Independence Ave at 6th St, SW, Washington, DC 20560. If you are looking onto the Green area of the National Mall you are on the wrong side. You will need to walk around to the entrance located on the other side of the building on Independence Ave.
Arriving by metro or tram:
Metrorail/Metro bus: The Museum is near Metrorail (subway) stops on the blue, orange, yellow, and green lines. The closest Metrorail stop is at L'Enfant Plaza.
Metro bus stops are located right outside the Museum entrance on Independence Avenue, SW, and along 7th Street, SW. Visit the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority website for more information.
Arriving by taxi: Entrance of Smithsonian Air & Space Museum, Independence Ave at 6th St, SW, Washington, DC 20560. If you are looking onto the Green area of the National Mall you are on the wrong side. You will need to walk around to the entrance located on the other side of the building on Independence Ave.
Arriving by foot: Entrance of Smithsonian Air & Space Museum, Independence Ave at 6th St, SW, Washington, DC 20560. If you are looking onto the Green area of the National Mall you are on the wrong side. You will need to walk around to the entrance located on the other side of the building on Independence Ave.
Air and Space Museum interior entrance
This tour involves a fair amount of walking, hills, and stairs; comfortable shoes are recommended. isango! encourages participation of disabled customers on our tours, though some itineraries and sites are not accessible by wheelchair or motorized scooter. However, wheelchairs are not recommended due to narrow sidewalks, traffic and seasonal weather conditions. isango! cannot guarantee that all curbs will have ADA compliant ramps and does not provide wheelchairs. When reserving your tour, please inform your isango! of any physical disabilities or limitations so he/she can help you determine the appropriateness of the selected itinerary. We are also unable to accommodate strollers or baby carriages on our group tours. Some sites visited lack shade and can be hot under direct sunlight. We recommend bringing a hat, sunscreen and a bottle of water in warm weather.
It is the responsibility of all visitors to be at the meeting point 15 minutes before departure. Guests arriving after departure cannot be accommodated and missed tours or tickets cannot be refunded.
Airport style security is conducted on entrance into the Museum
The Air & Space Museum is among the most highly trafficked museums in the world. Our tour routes are designed to minimize exposure to crowds as much as possible, but be aware that the museums are very busy by nature.
Washington DC tourist sites are among the most popular in the world. Skip the Line Access and careful planning limit our crowd exposure, but please be aware that some locations may be unavoidably busy during standard hours.
Voucher information: No need to print! If you are travelling with a smartphone or tablet you can present your voucher on your device for this activity.
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