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

Tim Blanning

Tim Blanning is Professor Emeritus of Modern European History at the University of Cambridge and ...

Franklin Knight

Franklin W. Knight joined the faculty of the Johns Hopkins University in 1973. He was appointed t...

Terje Leiren

Terje Leiren is Professor of Scandinavian Studies and History at the University of Washington, Se...

Cathleen Lewis

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

Julia Murray

Julia K. Murray is Professor Emerita of Art History, East Asian Studies, and Religious Studies at...

Lisa Passaglia Bauman

Lisa Passaglia Bauman is an Assistant Professor of Art History at George Mason University where s...

John Reich

John Reich was born in England and studied Classical Archaeology at the University of Manchester....

Ricardo Stanoss

Ricardo Stanoss’ career started as a rural veterinarian in Argentina. Soon after graduation...

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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 began his 32 years career with the National Park Service as a Park Ranger at Dinos...

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 artist, David Aguilar's expertise is in communicating t...

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...

Janetta Rebold Benton

Janetta Rebold Benton is Distinguished Professor of Art History at Pace University, New York. She...

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