Washington DC

Castle to Capitol: Museums of the National Mall Architecture Tour

Washington, United States
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From USD 48.00

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 2 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


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.
  • Explore Washington DC’s National Mall
  • Visit the Smithsonian Castle with included admission
  • Focus on the architectural and design elements of these famous museums
  • Educational and fun for the entire family
  • Small group ensure a personal experience

What's Included

  • Local guide
  • Gratuities

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Smithsonian Castle
    1000 Jefferson Dr SW, Washington, DC 20560, USA

    Meet your guide outside the Smithsonian Castle near the main entrance.

End point

  • Capitol Hill
    Capitol Hill, Washington, DC 20004, USA

    We'll finish up on the West Lawn of the US Capitol for a beautiful view of the building and National Mall.

What To Expect

Visit the Smithsonian Institution and some of America’s most famous museums — focusing on their architectural elements — on this National Mall walking tour in Washington, DC.

Most of Washington's best-loved and frequently visited museums can be found on the east side of the National Mall, located between the United States Capitol building and the Washington Monument.

The tour begins at the Smithsonian Castle and Garden. The Smithsonian Institution, also known as ‘America's Attic,’ is one of the largest museum organizations in the world — boasting 30 million annual visitors, 19 museums and more than 140 million items in its vast collection. Explore how the Smithsonian has helped to shape the fabric of the National Mall, from its beginnings in 1847 until today.

In addition to the Smithsonian Castle and Garden, see the James V. Forrestal Building (also known as the Department of Energy), the Arts and Industries Building, the Hirshhorn Museum, the National Air and Space Museum, the National Gallery of Art (from a distance), the National Museum of the American Indian, the United States Botanic Garden and the United States Capitol building.

The tour concludes on the west lawn of the US Capitol building.

Smithsonian Institution Building

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Smithsonian Arts + Industries Building

5 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

5 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

National Air and Space Museum (Pass By)

National Gallery of Art (Pass By)

National Museum of the American Indian

5 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

United States Botanic Garden

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Bartholdi Park

5 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Capitol Hill

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough guests to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, an alternative or full refund will be provided.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travellers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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