Go behind-the-scenes for an insider's look at iconic Smithsonian artifacts, beloved American treasures, and state-of-the-art research facilities on this exclusive tour led by top curators and collections managers.

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 iconic Smithsonian artifacts, beloved American treasures, and state-of-the-art research facilities on this exclusive tour led by top curators and collections managers.

2017 departures

or Call 855-330-1542

Tour Details

TOUR BROCHURE

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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. 

Celebrate Smithsonian is an exclusive one-time-only gala event program offering an insider’s look into your national museum.

Highlights Include

  • National Museum of African American History and Culture: We’ll usher you behind the scenes to see this history-making museum with its dazzling exhibitions.
  • Smithsonian’s Environmental Research Center (SERC): This “living laboratory” is where Smithsonian scientists are conducting cutting edge ecological research. SERC is located along 16 miles of protected shoreline on the picturesque Chesapeake Bay.
  • Renwick Gallery: Home to the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s collection of contemporary craft and decorative art and one of the finest and most extensive collections of its kind. The museum, a National Historic Landmark, recently reopened after a two year extensive renovation.
  • Exclusive Smithsonian Expert Discussions: Meet the Curator of Dinosauria who’ll provide you 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: We’ll cap off your visit with a glittering farewell dinner in the "Castle". Completed in 1855, the “Castle” was Smithsonian’s first museum space and our signature building here on the National Mall.