Go behind the scenes for an insider's look at Smithsonian artifacts and state-of-the-art research facilities. This year will feature the National Museum of African American History and Culture, our dazzling new museum.

2017 departures
Register interest Or call 855-330-1542
 The Smithsonian's National Museum of African American Art and Culture  Lonnie Bunch, director of NMAAHC, speaking at museum's groundbreaking ceremony, Feb. 22, 2012, flanked by Smithsonian Secretary G. Wayne Clough, First Lady Michelle Obama and President Barack Obama. Credit: John Gibbons/Smithosnian  Family portrait following emancipation. Credit: Library of Congress  Participants at the March on Washington, August 28, 1963. Credit: Warren K. Leffler, courtesy of Library of Congress  Smithsonian's newly renovated Renwick Gallery  The dramatic grand entry of the Renwick Gallery  Scientist at work at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center  The Charles McC. Mathias Laboratory at SERC, the Smithsonian's first LEED-certified building  The Smithsonian Institution Building, affectionately known as "the Castle"  The iconic Smithsonian Castle

Celebrate Smithsonian

A Behind-the-Scenes Gala Event

4 days | Full tour details to be announced soon

Go behind the scenes for an insider's look at Smithsonian artifacts and state-of-the-art research facilities. This year will feature the National Museum of African American History and Culture, our dazzling new museum.

2017 departures

or Call 855-330-1542

Tour Details

WHAT OUR TRAVELERS SAY

An eye opening look at aspects of the Smithsonian that we forget about-or never knew. The range of the Institution's research is astounding! 

- Clyde L.

We thoroughly enjoyed Celebrate Smithsonian and look forward to joining a Smithsonian Journeys trip in the future. We thought the program, Smithsonian representatives, and fellow participants were all top notch. 

- Previous Journeys Traveler

This tour was very special because it brought me into the heart of what the [Smithsonian] mission is all about. Much of the history, the purpose and the philosophy were covered and it made me appreciate your institution all the more.

- Lydia M.

The Celebrate Smithsonian trip exceeded my expectations!

- Robin T.

JOURNEYS DISPATCHES

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Overview

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Please call or register your interest for our September 13-17, 2017 departure. 

Join us for Celebrate Smithsonian, a gala event offering an insider’s look into your national museum. This year our one-time-only program features the Smithsonian’s newest museum, the National Museum of African American History and Culture. We’ll usher you behind the scenes to see this historic museum with its dazzling exhibitions, take you to a major center for compelling ecological research, and introduce you to top curators and researchers, whose conviviality and passion create a uniquely immersive experience.

Highlights Include

  • National Museum of African American History and Culture: We’ll usher you behind the scenes to see the dazzling exhibitions of this historic and thought-provoking new museum. 
  • Smithsonian’s Environmental Research Center (SERC):  Travel to this "living laboratory" located on an estuary of the Chesapeake Bay, where scientists lead cutting-edge research on coastal ecosystems to inform real-world decisions for wise policies, best business practices, and a sustainable planet. 
  • Renwick Gallery: The gallery—part of the Smithsonian American Art Museum—is home to one of the finest and most extensive collections of contemporary craft and decorative art in the country. A National Historic Landmark, the building was recently reopened after an extensive two-year renovation.
  • Exclusive Smithsonian Expert Discussion: Meet the curator of Dinosauria, who will provide the latest updates on fossil research and the plans for Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History National Fossil Hall, scheduled to reopen in 2019.
  • Smithsonian Castle: Cap off your visit with a glittering farewell dinner in the Smithsonian Castle. Completed in 1855, the “Castle” was Smithsonian’s first museum space and our signature building here on the National Mall.

Included meals are denoted as follows: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Reception (R), Dinner (D)