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 artifacts 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 boogie over to the African-American history and culture gallery exhibit and the museums Many Voices, One Nation exhibit where youll see the vibrant, bedazzled, and downright wild outfits worn by dance legends and Broadway stars as well as the musical instruments that produced some of the worlds most famous jazz, soul, salsa and R&B tunes. 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, and you may discover that youve been accidentally transmitting a code every time you whistle your favorite 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!