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Smithsonian National Mall Tours (SNMT), a partnership between the Smithsonian Institution and Bike and Roll DC, recently announced the addition of guided walking tours, a supplement to its existing Segway and bicycle tour offerings. SNMT's inaugural walking tour, "Myths and Misconceptions," will explore the stories and myths of some of America's most treasured objects in the National Museum of American History.

Prepared in consultation with the Smithsonian staff and led by professionally trained guides, Myths and Misconceptions highlights include the stories behind George Washington's uniform, Lincoln's famous top hat, Dorothy's ruby red slippers and the Star Spangled Banner. The tour is 1.5 hours and, as a bonus, guests can enjoy the privilege of beating the heat and the lines: Express entry into the Museum is granted with all tour reservations. SNMT expects to launch its second walking tour installment, at the National Air and Space Museum, later this summer.

To coincide with the National Park Service's 100-year anniversary celebration this summer, SNMT will offer special summer pricing for its Segway and bicycle tours, which depart directly from the National Mall. Also prepared in consultation with Smithsonian experts, these tours cover more than 1,000 acres of the National Mall and Memorial Parks, and highlight the architecture, art, culture and history of Washington, D.C.'s National Mall and many of the Smithsonian Institution's famed museums.

Smithsonian National Mall Tours Schedule and Information

Myths and Misconceptions | Guided Walking Tour
Time: 1.5 hours
Departure: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 10:30 a.m., at the National Museum of American History
(More times will be added throughout the summer. Check www.nationalmalltours.com for updates.)
Price: $30 for adults, $15 for children 12 and under
Smithsonian Summer Special Price: $20 for adults, $10 for children 12 and under

Monumental Experience by Bike | Guided Bicycle Tour
Time: 3 hours
Distance: 7 miles
Departure: Thursdays at 5:30 p.m.; Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 1 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., from the National Museum of American History
Price: $45 for adults, $35 for children 12 and under
Smithsonian Summer Special Price: $40 for adults, $30 for children 12 and under

 

 

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