Smithsonian National Mall Tours

Smithsonian National Mall Tours Ride beside history with Smithsonian National Mall Tours! Book online today at nationalmalltours.com!
(7)

Thank you for your interest in our Smithsonian National Mall Tours.  We currently are no longer running tours from this ...
09/20/2018
Segway & Bike Tours – Washington DC Tours | Tours of DC

Thank you for your interest in our Smithsonian National Mall Tours. We currently are no longer running tours from this location. Please visit our website for more information about tours available at other locations

https://bikeandrolldc.com/tours/

Bike and Roll DC offers bike & Segway tours in Washington DC. Take a guided tour, self-guided ride, or private/group tour. Book your tour today.

Spectacular 16.08 carat pink diamond sells at Geneva auction for huge pile of money; Smithsonian's National Museum of Na...
11/10/2015
'The Pink' diamond sells for $28.5 million at Geneva auction

Spectacular 16.08 carat pink diamond sells at Geneva auction for huge pile of money; Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History buffs fingernails, reminds planet that the Hope Diamond weighs 45 carats, though of course size doesn't matter.

GENEVA (AP) — Christie's says a 16.08-carat vivid pink diamond set in a ring and rounded with a double row of smaller white diamonds has sold at auction for 28.7 million Swiss francs ($28.5 million) including fees.

The terrific food writer Todd Kliman, of Washingtonian Magazine, files this update on what turns out to be a not-so-humb...
10/15/2015
You're Not Crazy. This Napkin Really Is Everywhere

The terrific food writer Todd Kliman, of Washingtonian Magazine, files this update on what turns out to be a not-so-humble player on tables across the DC area.

How the ''bistro napkin'' became ubiquitous.

We have some thoughts on this, naturally. But read this piece from NPR's Linton Weeks, and share yours.
10/14/2015
Does America Really Need The National Mall?

We have some thoughts on this, naturally. But read this piece from NPR's Linton Weeks, and share yours.

Center stage for many historic protests and demonstrations, the National Mall has fallen on hard times.

Yes, visitors -- you too are pooping for power here in the nation's capital! Thank you!(This has been a special report f...
10/09/2015
D.C. Water begins harnessing electricity from every flush

Yes, visitors -- you too are pooping for power here in the nation's capital! Thank you!

(This has been a special report from the 12-Year-Old News Network. We now resume our regularly scheduled programming.)

D.C. Water’s new technology, the first of its kind in North America, turns people’s waste into electricity.

Whatever you do, do NOT click on this picture of baby squirrels to learn how City Wildlife helps prepare orphans for ret...
10/09/2015
City Wildlife nurses and finds new homes for squirrels

Whatever you do, do NOT click on this picture of baby squirrels to learn how City Wildlife helps prepare orphans for return to the wild. (OK, fine, do it. Do it do it do it, because how cute are these guys?)

D.C. wildlife rehabilitation center teaches baby squirrels how to make nests and forage for nuts.

Well this is just ridiculously photogenic. Though it would make bike and Segway tours a little problematic.
10/08/2015
Travelers: Head to Giethoorn, Holland, Where the Streets are Made of Water

Well this is just ridiculously photogenic. Though it would make bike and Segway tours a little problematic.

Giethoorn, Holland is the kind of city that storybook scenes are made of. Really, there's one thing contributing to this entire thought: There are no roads, really. Instead, the entire city is linked by a series of completely adorable waterways. For such a picturesque location, the town of 2,600 see…

A hundred and eighty feet down -- and discovered more than 100 years ago -- this 2,000-year-old treasure ship STILL serv...
09/30/2015
Antikythera Shipwreck Yields New Cache of Ancient Treasures

A hundred and eighty feet down -- and discovered more than 100 years ago -- this 2,000-year-old treasure ship STILL serves up amazing new discoveries. (via Smithsonian Magazine)

Scientists have recovered more than 50 artifacts from the site, including a bronze armrest that was possibly part of a throne

"[M]y readers are nerds just like me. ... [T]hey would tell me anywhere I got the science wrong. It was like having thou...
09/29/2015
The Secret of "The Martian" Success? Scientific Peer Review

"[M]y readers are nerds just like me. ... [T]hey would tell me anywhere I got the science wrong. It was like having thousands of fact-checkers, and I fixed things as they sent it in."

(Visit Smithsonian Magazine or follow @SmithsonianMag on Twitter.)

Andy Weir's tale of a stranded astronaut got its start as a blog, complete with reader comments that helped shape the plot

Several of these recommendations are decidedly wrong, but there's enough on point here that it's worth passing along. As...
09/29/2015
The Best Lunch Spot in (Almost) Every DC Neighborhood

Several of these recommendations are decidedly wrong, but there's enough on point here that it's worth passing along. Ask your guide for recommendations, too.

Warning: making lunch plans without this could lead to crippling disappointment.

Ahem. This is kinda big news. cc: National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution
09/28/2015
Nasa scientists find evidence of flowing water on Mars

Ahem. This is kinda big news. cc: National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution

Researchers say discovery of stains from summertime flows down cliffs and crater walls raise odds of finding life on red planet

See below about oases of beauty in American airports; this blogger offers a reminder that there's beauty everywhere, if ...
09/24/2015
Japanese Street Photographer Captures The Beauty Of Everyday Life In Japan

See below about oases of beauty in American airports; this blogger offers a reminder that there's beauty everywhere, if you only remember to look.

Kyoto is the best city in Japan as voted by me, and I respect my opinion a great deal. Takashi Yasui uses his camera to capture the beauty of the ancient capital as well as other places.

09/09/2015
Leontyne Price Elizabeth's Soliloquy & Prayer Gloriana Britten.wmv

On the day Queen Elizabeth II sets a new record, please enjoy this except from the opera Benjamin Britten composed for her coronation.

What's the Washington DC connection, you ask? Well, Leontyne Price, the singer here, premiered Samuel Barber's "Hermit Songs" at the The Library of Congress -- which if you ask me is a good enough excuse for us to listen to one of the 20th century's greatest voices.

The opera was composed to honor the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. The soliloquy and prayer follow a love duet sung by Elizabeth I and Essex. She is torn ...

We've been following this author since we learned about the Victorian life she and her husband lead -- not least because...
09/09/2015
I love the Victorian era. So I decided to live in it.

We've been following this author since we learned about the Victorian life she and her husband lead -- not least because her experience dovetails a little with that of the National Museum of American History's Wheelwoman. (Wrote about her earlier -- scroll down if you want to meet her.) This essay is a gem.

My husband and I dress, eat, travel, and live like it's still the 19th century. Here's what it's taught us about the 21st.

The Washington Post helpfully offers a look at one of the landmarks we can't show you right now -- the Ulysses S. Grant ...
09/05/2015
Grant Memorial gets a facelift as story of its tormented sculptor is retold

The Washington Post helpfully offers a look at one of the landmarks we can't show you right now -- the Ulysses S. Grant Memorial, which is under wraps for renovation. A fine story about a truly splendid sculpture with a sad history.

Henry Shrady spent nearly 20 years sculpting the memorial — and then he died two weeks before the dedication.

This article about a bar crawl in "the Soo" -- or Sault St. Marie -- starts off reading like a lark, but has a twist bur...
09/04/2015
Touring 109 Bars in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

This article about a bar crawl in "the Soo" -- or Sault St. Marie -- starts off reading like a lark, but has a twist buried midway through that'll make you catch your breath.

What started out as a father-and-son bar crawl in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula turned out to have a lot more meaning.

We also do zebras, because come on. But seriously, we post travel stories and great photos of places here and there beca...
08/27/2015
'Morning Zebras

We also do zebras, because come on.

But seriously, we post travel stories and great photos of places here and there because we assume if you like us, you like all kinds of travel. Let us know if there are places you're curious about!

(This photo courtesy of our friends at Smithsonian Magazine.)

The golden light in the morning awakens the wild in the Mara, which also means the humans who are on safari. The concept of this frame was to have the hot air balloon in the middle of the zebras.

What happened on the last day of Lincoln's life? Tonight at 8PM, join the Smithsonian Channel to track his final hours.
08/17/2015
Lincoln's Last Day

What happened on the last day of Lincoln's life? Tonight at 8PM, join the Smithsonian Channel to track his final hours.

You know how Lincoln died but did you know that John Wilkes Booth plotted more killings in D.C. for the same night?

Address

1400 Constitution Ave NW
Washington, DC
20004

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 19:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 19:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 19:00
Thursday 09:00 - 19:00
Friday 09:00 - 19:00
Saturday 09:00 - 19:00
Sunday 09:00 - 19:00

Telephone

(202) 384-8516

Alerts

Be the first to know and let us send you an email when Smithsonian National Mall Tours posts news and promotions. Your email address will not be used for any other purpose, and you can unsubscribe at any time.

Contact The Museum

Send a message to Smithsonian National Mall Tours:

Category

Nearby museums


Other Museums in Washington

Show All