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Find guided tours that take you behind-the scenes at Metro DC's museums, theatres, monuments and neighborhoods and beyond on CultureCapital. Tours shown here are led by experts in their field.

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On Freedom's Trail Bus Tour
Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum
Sat, May 10
Join historian C.R. Gibbs for a unique historical experience tracing the path from fetters to freedom in the nation's capital. On this bus tour, you will visit places where slaves were sold, freedom seekers escaped, and laws were written to secure the abolition of slavery in Washington, D.C.
Artist Studio Tour: Washington, D.C.
Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum
Sat, May 17
Visit the studios of Betty Murchison, mixed-media 3D painter/sculptor, and Lilian Thomas Burwell, painter and mixed-media artist.
Sunset Celebration
George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens
Sat, May 24 thru Sun, May 25
Sunset Celebration at Mount Vernon, an event over Memorial Day weekend, offers a rare opportunity to visit Mount Vernon after the daytime crowds have departed. Visitors may take evening tours of the Mansion, relax and enjoy wine and desserts available for purchase, and delight in 18th-century music, dancing, games, and wagon rides.
The Historic Hubbard Hall
National Geographic
Wed, May 28
Start the evening with a private viewing of the National Geographic Museum's A New Age of Exploration exhibit. Then join Renee for a private tour of Hubbard Hall, the first Headquarters of the National Geographic Society. Normally closed to the public, the building links local history to National Geographic's international legacy.
Walking Tour: All the President's Pups
George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens
Thru Sat, June 28
Dogs welcome! This special walking tour covers 1.25 miles of Mount Vernon terrain stopping at five historic locations, including the West Gate. Learn about canine life at Mount Vernon, from the first president’s dogs to the dogs that live at Mount Vernon today.
Dinner for the Washingtons Tour
George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens
Thru Sun, June 29
This one-hour walking tour showcases food, hospitality, and dining at Mount Vernon by taking an in-depth look at locations around the Estate, including the Mansion's basement. The tour will end in Mount Vernon’s greenhouse with a special tasting.
Onboard the Great Ships: Behind the Scenes at the Port of Baltimore. All-Day Tour
Wed, April 30
Mayflower Renaissance Hotel
Cycle Through Aviation History
Sat, May 3
College Park Aviation Museum
The Met’s Magnificent Cloisters Museum and Gardens. All-Day Tour
Fri, May 9
Mayflower Renaissance Hotel
Altoona’s Railroading Heritage. All-Day Tour
Sat, May 10
Holiday Inn Capitol-Smithsonian Associates Tours
House + Walking Tours: Tudor Place and the Civil War Home Front
Sat, May 10
Tudor Place Historic House and Garden
Mother's Day Tours
Sun, May 11
Riversdale House Museum
A Natural History of the Mid-Atlantic: Stories of Calvert County, Maryland. All-Day Tour
Sat, May 17
Holiday Inn Capitol-Smithsonian Associates Tours
Tour: Georgetown Garden Treasures
Sat, May 17
Tudor Place Historic House and Garden
History on Foot: Detective James McDevitt
Thru Wed, May 28
Ford's Theatre
Exploring Frank Lloyd Wright: Fallingwater, Kentuck Knob, and the Duncan House. Overnight Tour
Sat, May 31
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
Guided Garden Tour: Historic & Growing
Tue, April 29 thru Tue, October 28
Tudor Place Historic House and Garden