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  • Smithsonian museums & the National Zoo (DC, VA)
  • American Indian Museum Heye Center (NYC)
  • Note: Tickets are not used for general admission.
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Group Tours

Many Smithsonian museums have group tours which can be arranged by appointment only. Chaperones are required for school group tours. Please contact the museum below.

Highlights and Docent Museum Tours »
These tours are for individuals and are not pre-arranged. Look for our friendly docent who will give a tour of the highlights of the museum.

Group Sales »
Discounted group rates are available for dining, films, flight simulators, the planetarium, and the butterfly pavilion.

Docent giving tour at NASM
African Art Museum

By appointment only, 4-week notice required Call Mon.–Fri., 9 a.m.–5 p.m., except federal holidays: 202.633.4633 or 202.357.4814 (TTY)

Air and Space Museum on the Mall and its Udvar-Hazy Center

By appointment only; 2- to 3-week notice required; to reserve a group tour, visit the museum's website or call Mon.–Fri., 9 a.m.–5 p.m., 202.633.2563, 202.633.1957 (fax), or e‑mail

American Art Museum and its Renwick Gallery

By appointment; 4-week notice required; call Mon.–Fri.,
9 a.m.–5 p.m., except federal holidays: 202.633.8550 or e‑mail

Group tours are available for Highlights, special exhibitions, and Heritage Months.

School Group Tours


Note: No tours are scheduled on federal holidays.

American History Museum

School Visits



American Indian Museum

Group Tours: School

By appointment; visit the museum's website; call Mon.–Fri.: 202.633.6644 (voice), 1.888.618.0572 (toll-free voice), or 202.633.6751 (TTY), or e‑mail Museum will send a confirmation letter.


  • School groups arriving for reserved tour are to enter at the museum's south entrance on Maryland Ave.

Anacostia Community Museum

Group Tours: Exhibitions

For groups of 15 or more; by appointment only, call Mon.–Fri., 10 a.m.–5 p.m., except federal holidays: 202.633.4844 or e‑mail

Freer and Sackler Gallery of Art

By appointment only, 4-week written notice required.

For more information, e‑mail, or call 202.633.1012

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

To schedule a group tour, fill out this form at least one month in advance. If you have any questions, please contact the Education Department at

Natural History Museum

School Visits

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Portrait Gallery

Group and Thematic Tours: School

Offered October-May: By appointment; 1-month notice required; call Mon.–Fri., 8 a.m.–4 p.m. except federal holidays: 202.633.8503 (voice/answering machine) or e‑mail:

Note: On hiatus June-September.

Group and Thematic Tours: Non-School

By appointment; 2-month notice required; call Mon.–Fri., 9:30 a.m.–5 p.m., except federal holidays: 202.633.8519 (voice/answering machine) or e‑mail:

Postal Museum

By appointment only for groups of 10 or more, 3-week notice required; call Mon.–Fri., 9 a.m.–5 p.m., except federal holidays: 202.633.5535 (voice). For information on student tours, click here.

Smithsonian Castle

For groups of 10 or more, by appointment only, 3-week notice required; call Mon.–Fri., 9 a.m.–5 p.m., except federal holidays: 202.633.2987 (voice) or e‑mail


  • Behind-the-Scenes tour offered Saturdays and Sundays only.
  • Not recommended for school groups.


Individual and Group Tours

By appointment only, at least 4- to 6-week notice required; call daily, 9 a.m.–5 p.m., except federal holidays: 202.633.3025 (voice) or 202.673.7800 (TTY)

Note: Highlights tours offered Saturday and Sunday mornings only.

Fees: Groups of ten or fewer and individuals: $30