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Washington DC: National Gallery of Art - Guided Museum Tour

1. Washington DC: National Gallery of Art - Guided Museum Tour

Your local English speaking guide will not only be an expert on the museum, but they will also share the stories and scandals behind these paintings, discuss the techniques used to create these important works and explain how the museum itself transformed from a nearly empty building to a world-class museum in less than 100 years.   Tour highlights include (if artwork is not on loan or being restored etc.): • "Ginevra de’ Benci" by Leonardo da Vinci – the only painting by this artist in the USA • "Little Dancer" by Edgar Degas • The famous portrait of "George Washington" by Gilbert Stuart • "Self Portrait" by Vincent Van Gogh • "Venus with a Mirror" by Titian • "Woman with a Parasol" by Claude Monet • "The Alba Madonna" by Raphael With the collection featuring roughly 141,000 paintings, drawings, photographs, sculptures and forms of new media that stretch all the way back to the Middle Ages, you’ll be thankful to your passionate and engaging guide for navigating you, bringing a personal touch to each tour, adding own favorite anecdotes and tips along the way. 

Washington, DC: Private National Mall Walking Tour

2. Washington, DC: Private National Mall Walking Tour

Take a fully-guided, interactive 2-hour walking tour where you will discover the most iconic monuments found along the National Mall in Washington DC. Explore America’s most-visited national park, where the past, present, and future come together adorned with monuments and memorials that honor American forefathers and heroes. See the National Stage where historic movements and celebrations have taken place such as the  “I Have a Dream” speech and the AIDS Quilt. Listen as your engaging guide tells your family the story behind the monuments and memorials along the Mall—what they stand for, why they were built, and what historical figures or events are associated with them. Admire the Smithsonian Museums, walk past the Capitol Building, the Washington Monument, the WW II Memorial,  Lincoln Memorial, and many more iconic monuments.

Natural History Museum & National Gallery of Art Guided Tour

3. Natural History Museum & National Gallery of Art Guided Tour

With more than 126 million artifacts housed in the National Museum of Natural History, and approximately 141,000 works of art to see in the collection of the National Gallery of Art, this guided 5-hour tour will make sure you get to see the absolute highlights. More than just storytellers, your passionate and engaging guide will approach touring in a different way bringing a personal touch to each tour, and being sure to answer all your questions.  The 5-hour combination tour starts at the National Museum of Natural History. 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. See an amazing array of wonders from the 46-karat Hope Diamond, to real mummies, to an arctic narwhal and everything else in-between. After a break for lunch, visit the National Gallery of Art for a guided highlights tour of an eclectic mix of art of Renaissance artists, the French Impressionists and great American painters, all under one roof. Your guide will make sure you get to see such famous works of art as "Ginevra de’ Benci" by Leonardo da Vinci, "Little Dancer" by Edgar Degas, the famous portrait of "George Washington" by Gilbert Stuart and much more.

Washington, DC: Monuments and Memorials Photography Lesson

4. Washington, DC: Monuments and Memorials Photography Lesson

Learn how to use your camera live in the field rather than a classroom on this DC photography tour. Perfect for all skill levels, this monuments and memorials photo safari provides basic instruction on all aspects of travel photography, including F-stops, shutter speeds, white balance, ISO settings, and composition techniques. Learn how to improve your photography skills by making all the crowds disappear, capturing the perfect shot of some of the country’s most famous spots. Your professional photo instructor will takes you to some of DC’s most popular attractions, including the White House, Lafayette Park, the Einstein, Lincoln, Korea, and Vietnam Memorials, and finally to Union Station. While you create photographic memories that will last a lifetime, pick up facts, history, and local insight into the US capital. With options for half- and full-day group or private lessons, cater the experience to your preferences and budget.

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What people are saying about Washington, DC

Great tour with lots of interesting facts. Two hours was the perfect amount of time for an introduction to the mall.

Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and personable. I would certainly recommend this tour for lovers of art.

Meghan was wonderful and very knowledgeable. Great tour, great job.

Every tour we have taken with a Babylon guide has been above bar.

Great tour. Very interesting and fun too! Recommend.