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African-American History Tour with Museum in Washington DC

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African-American History Tour with Museum in Washington DC

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icon3 hours 30 minutes  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Immerse yourself in the history of African-American culture in the United States during this half-day history excursion in the Nation’s Capital. Follow the path of the first African-Americans at Jamestown through the Civil Rights movement, checking out key sites like the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, the vibrant U Street corridor, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the MLK Memorial, plus much more.
  • Learn about African-American history and culture in Washington DC
  • See top sights like the MLK Memorial and the White House
  • Reserved entry to the National Museum of African American History & Culture
  • A small-group tour ensures a personalized experience
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Bottled water
Live commentary on board
Tour escort/host
Air-conditioned vehicle
Reserved Entry into the National Museum of African American History and Culture
Lunch
Hotel pickup and drop-off
US Navy Memorial Plaza , 701 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20004, USA

701 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004

10:00 AM
National Museum of African American History and Culture , 1400 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20560, USA
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Collapsible wheelchairs with removable wheels can be accommodated providing the passenger is accompanied by someone who can assist them board and disembark
  • The seats are assigned on the first come, first served basis
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Please arrive at least 20 minutes before your scheduled departure time to ensure a timely check in
  • No food allowed on buses (snacks are fine!)
  • Please Note: Purchase of this tour includes free timed-entry passes to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. However, this is not an official Smithsonian tour. Additionally, entry to the property is provided complimentary only after completing the sightseeing history tour. Customers booking this tour are paying for this company’s services and perspective, which is independent of and may not represent the views of the Smithsonian.
  • Safety Measures For The National Museum of African American History and Culture: beginning January 22, 2022, all visitors to the Cafe who are 12 and older must show proof of having had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Additionally, we do our best to provide entry to the Smithsonian but it is not guaranteed. The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture is a public institution and we do not factor entry passes into our ticket price. We have no special reservation agreement with them and simply access their public portal on Recreation.gov for tickets. Guests may still experience wait times upon arrival to enter the museum and are required to follow the museum's guidelines for entry at their allotted entry time.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers
  • OPERATED BY USA Guided Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during African-American History Tour with Museum in Washington DC?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks provided for travelers
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What is the policy on sanitization during African-American History Tour with Museum in Washington DC?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during African-American History Tour with Museum in Washington DC?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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  • "There was no reserved entry to the museum at this time of year, so perhaps the company should revise the title of the tour." See review
  • "This was the best history and city tour I have experienced in DC, It was worth the cost." See review

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star-5
We enjoyed the tour guide...
Danielle_T
, Aug 2022
We enjoyed the tour guide Andre he was knowledgeable about the the African American influence in the DC area
star-5
Great tour
KATE_L
, Aug 2022
I did this tour with my teenage sons. We are travelling from the U.K. The tour takes you through many of the well known monuments and sites and also to less known places. The tour guide was great, very knowledgeable and fun. (Write a book Dre!) The bus very comfortable and a nice change from walking in the heat. At the end you are taken to the African American History Museum which is absolutely amazing. Overall a really valuable experience that gives a wider perspective on history.
star-1
Not what i expected
Tiffany_W
, Aug 2022
Our tour was very unorganized. We missed most of the promised sites due to poor timing. We were also left to get our own ride back to the starting point which wasnt clearly outlined when purchasing. The tour guide talked to us like we were children instead of paying adults. Would definitely pick another tour.
star-5
Our tour guide Deon is...
Hillary_W
, Aug 2022
Our tour guide Deon is very much a knowledgable historian. He delivered this knowledge with passion and pride! I have already recommended to my DC family to take the tour and to request him!! Thank you!
star-5
Get on the bus with Dre if you can!
Dontea_G
, Aug 2022
Great tour with an amazing guide. Dre was informed and passionate. I learned so much and appreciated his perspective. The driver was a sweetheart. Lots of hidden gems. I went solo but everyone was friendly on the tour. Prepare for the heat by bringing a fan, towel, or whatever you use for sweat! Bring a back up battery for your phone. I would’ve stayed the museum from the C levels because after the long day I spent less time then I wanted to. Could’ve easily spent the whole day at the AA museum. Well worth the coins to have Dre take you on this experience.
star-3
Needs improving
Franklin_G
, Aug 2022
Well although we made all the stops we did not see most of the drive bys including the US Capitol, Jefferson Memorial, Smithsonian Museum and FBI headquarters
star-5
Today was a good day…
Tyesha_H
, Aug 2022
The tour is absolutely phenomenal! The history of DC and the many contributions made to American history by black people are brought to life by the brilliance of the tour guide ‘Dre’. He was knowledgeable, funny, and passionate about history. The tour would not have been the same without his guiding style. #GiveThatManARaise
star-5
Awesome !!!
Lemont_W
, Aug 2022
Our tour guy was so impactful for me. His knowledge of black history was excellent, it was like being in a black history class with your favorite teacher. The museum is always a big highlight for me, this is my third visit.
star-5
Super tour
Ron_F
, Aug 2022
Great guide with wonderful insights and storytelling…. Saw things we didn’t expect. Museum was awesome…
star-5
Very fun and educational....
Alexandre_C
, Aug 2022
Very fun and educational. Our guide was excellent and very knowledgeable. Would highly recommend this over many of the other tours offers at the nations capital.
star-2
GENERIC-VERY LITTLE AFRICAN AMERICAN PERSPECTIVE PROVIDED
CHERYL_M
, Aug 2022
I was very excited to know that there was an African-American Tour offered by Viator. The tour guide (Bill Harris) however gave a very GENERIC tour of DC landmarks with very little mention of African American contributions to DC.- past or present. Even Benjamin Banneker was merely mentioned as a footnote! There was absolutely NO mention of the National Museum of African Art until a passenger yelled it out as the bus barreled past it. Mr. Harris seemed to be very enamored with British History and spoke about it throughout the tour. Very disturbing. There was no mention of the A. Philip Randolph Monument, Anacostia Community Museum, Malcolm X Park or ANY Black owned businesses or restaurants. He had NO PLANS to drive by the BLACK LIVES MATTER PLAZA until I MENTIONED IT!!! I'm sure that Mr. Harris is knowledgeable about many things but he did NOT provide a tour that highlights African-American History or accomplishments. Tickets to the NMAAHC were provided at the end of the tour.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
Nice tour
Enrico_B
, Aug 2022
Dre was a good guide he was very knowledgeable. Wish there was more time at the bigger sites. Had to rush back to shuttle a few times so we didn't get left.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
Great Tour, Very educational. Highly recommended to anyone interested in our History
Derick_D
, Aug 2022
Overall the tour was excellent. Dre' is definitely a student of history. He was very very very prepared for the tour. The only thing I would have changed was the stop at the White House. When we stop there, he had us walk through a recently rained on grass field towards the fencing area. In my opinion, if the bus could not have gotten us a little closer, I think we all would have been ok just stepping out of the bus to hear his presentation about that stop. Other than that, it was Excellent!
star-5
DC in a Day
Lucy_W
, Aug 2022
Omg this was the most amazing tour, rich in history and hidden gems. We were able to visit all the main attractions a visitor to DC would want to see up close and personal. Dre our guide and Brian our driver were wonderful, funny and a wealth of knowledge. My husband who is very cautious couldn’t stop talking about the tour and how “real” the guides were. We recommend this tour for anyone visiting DC or natives who want to learn a bit of African American history.
star-5
A must
Carlos_R
, Jul 2022
Most excellent and enlightening tour. Guide was excellent, friendly and knowledgeable. Lear “our” history from different perspectives.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Thank you, Carlos_R, for sharing your experience, we are very happy that you enjoyed the tour, we invite you to review our different tour offers, we have a modern fleet of buses, experienced drivers, and friendly tour guides that will make you feel very comfortable.
star-5
Historical Information that Everyone Should Hear
Wayne_T
, Jul 2022
Dre, the tour guide, shared factual information that I was not aware of and he offered perspectives that should be considered when studying history
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Dear customer, thank you for sharing your experience, we are very happy that you enjoyed the tour, we invite you to review our different tour offers, we have a modern fleet of buses, experienced drivers, and friendly tour guides that will make you feel very comfortable.
star-5
You are missing out if you dont book this tour!
Chelseaa_S
, Jul 2022
We had such an amazing time. I learned so much on this tour as an adult. My niece was blown away and cant wait to share with her friends back home. Our tour guide Dre, hands down the best. He was super educated and patient. He just is all around great! You have to take the tour to get the experience. Just book it.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Dear customer, thank you for sharing your experience, we are very happy that you enjoyed the tour, we invite you to review our different tour offers, we have a modern fleet of buses, experienced drivers, and friendly tour guides that will make you feel very comfortable.
star-5
The Awakening
Gwendolyn_B
, Jul 2022
The most memorable parts of our experience were the MLK Memorial, tour through Howard University campus, and the highlight- the African-American Museum. We brought our two granddaughters ages 12 and 15 so that they could see in real-time history that they have either scanned over or never were exposed to in school. It was eye opening for them to see the illustrations of filled slave ships, a picture of the whipped back of a slave, a slave hanging from the tree with the noose attached, Jim Crow examples, and the list continues. It is so important for us as Blacks to offer our children the “hard truths” about our past. Only through education and understanding of our past will our children be able to walk into their future.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Thank you for your comments, we are very happy that you enjoyed the tour, we invite you to review our different tour offers, we have a modern fleet of buses, experienced drivers, and friendly tour guides that will make you feel very comfortable.
star-3
Ok.. missed opportunity
Kristine_y
, Jul 2022
Feel like it was a missed opportunity more than being bad. Didn’t get the amount of content I was hoping to get and felt like it could have been presented in a more exciting manner.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Dear customer, we regret that your experience has not been entirely good, we invite you to review our different tour offers, we have a modern fleet of buses, experienced drivers, and expert and friendly guides that will make you feel very comfortable.
star-5
A View From the Mountain
Anita_K
, Jul 2022
Dre was a great guide. The depth of interpretive understanding at the King memorial and the African American war memorial was exceptional. I went in solo and left with new friends. I will do it again the next time I came to DC
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Thank you, Anita_K, for sharing your experience, we are very happy that you enjoyed the tour, we invite you to review our different tour offers, we have a modern fleet of buses, experienced drivers, and friendly tour guides that will make you feel very comfortable.

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