Smithsonian Journeys Experts

One feature that makes our programs uniquely special is our world-class Smithsonian Journeys Experts. Chosen for their charisma, expertise and affability, these men and women are the secret ingredient that turns a fine tour into an unforgettable experience. Other tour companies can take you to the most splendid sites, but in the hands of our experts, your journey will take on new meaning. Our Smithsonian Journeys Experts have dedicated entire careers to pursuing personal and professional passions. Their enthusiasm is contagious; their expert guidance consistently brings depth, excitement and substance to the travelers who join them on our tours — and that is the signature of Smithsonian Journeys. We're proud to introduce you to our stars.

To be considered as a Smithsonian Journeys Expert, submit your resume and cover letter with areas of expertise to smithsonianjourneys@si.edu, attn: Gloria Baxevanis.

Featured Experts

Patrick Abbott

Patrick Abbott has a Ph.D. in geology from the University of Texas at Austin. He is a long-time P...

Thomas Emmert

Thomas Emmert, professor emeritus at Gustavus Adolphus College, is a historian of Central and Eas...

Cassandra Potts Hannahs

Cassandra Potts Hannahs has enjoyed leading Smithsonian groups to Great Britain, France, and Irel...

Patricia Hostiuck

Patty Hostiuck has roamed the globe as a naturalist for nearly three decades, seeking out wildlif...

Allan Langdale

Allan Langdale is an art and architectural historian, filmmaker, photographer, and travel writer ...

Cathleen Lewis

Cathleen Lewis is curator of International Space Programs and Spacesuits at the Smithsoni...

Ruth MacKay

Ruth MacKay is a historian with special expertise in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Spain and...

Robert Shepherd

Robert Shepherd holds a B.A. in political science and history from the University of Delaware, an...

Don Wilson

Don Wilson is Curator Emeritus of Mammals at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural His...

All Smithsonian Experts

Patrick Abbott

Patrick Abbott has a Ph.D. in geology from the University of Texas at Austin. He is a long-time P...

Frank Ackerman

Frank Ackerman recently retired as the Director of the Nevada State Railroad Museum in Carson Cit...

Ana Maria Afzali

Ana Afzali was born in Madrid and lived there until 1984.  She earned her Masters Degree and...

Hugh Agnew

Hugh Agnew has been fascinated by the lands and peoples of Russia and Eastern Europe since he fir...

David Aguilar

A naturalist, astronomer, author and space artist, David's expertise is in communicating the ...

Dr. Charles Alcock

Dr. Charles Alcock is Director of Harvard-Smithsonian’s Center for Astrophysics in Cambridg...

James Anderson

James Anderson is an Associate Professor in the Department of History at the University of North ...

William Bach

William Bach joined the U.S. Marine Corps and deployed to Vietnam as an infantry officer in 1966....

Jon Bailey

Jon Bailey is well-known as a conductor, composer and teacher in the field of music, art and arch...

Bryce Beemer

Dr. Bryce Beemer has lived, worked, and researched in Southeast Asia for more than seven years, p...

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