Museum Of American History Through Music Small Group Tour - Washington D. C.

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  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 2 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    1:00 PM
  • Departure Details :
    Smithsonian National Museum of American History, 1300 Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20560, USA
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


Join us as we travel through time and explore US history with a musical twist! Learn about the origins and controversies of Americas national anthem, discover the evolution of spiritual music into blues, jazz, rock n roll, hip-hop and R&B, and live out your dream of becoming a hip-hop DJ by learning a funky beat, all with your local guide by your side!

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The United States is a country of rich culture and history, and there are few better ways to learn about it than the Smithsonian Museum of American History. But as amazing as this museum is, we know that everything is more fun when you add a little rhythm, so thats what this tour is all about! Our guides will walk you through the museums exhibits and the many musical artefacts it holds, discussing musics relevance to the incredible historical events and phenomena that inspired some of the best-known melodies in America today.

Your DC tour begins at one of the museums highlights, the Star-Spangled Banner exhibit. Here, youll discover the origins of the national anthem, the war that started it all, and youll even hear a few different versions of the song. Youll also have the chance to see the original flag Old Glory in all her glory. 

Next, you and your guide will head downstairs to check out the instruments and belongings of some of Americas most famous musicians. Youll hear the stories of how they shaped music with their inventions, innovative styles, and revolutionary hits, and youll explore the importance of music and the hidden (and sometimes not so well hidden) messages in songs that were used in political movements and times of struggle. You may even discover that youve been accidentally transmitting a code every time you whistle your favourite tune!

Finally, youll end your tour between the '90s and the present-day, where youll discover how past rhythms and beats made their way into nightclubs and bars with the invention of electronic music equipment. As a bonus, well give you a chance to make a beat of your own  who knows, you could be Americas next top DJ!


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Wheelchair accessible

Please wear comfortable shoes for walking.

This is a child-friendly tour. Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the child rate. Children under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour free of charge. Please note any children under 6 in special request box at the time of booking.

A maximum of 12 people per tour

Stroller accessible

Service animals allowed

Near public transportation

Transportation is wheelchair accessible

Surfaces are wheelchair accessible

Most travelers can participate

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers