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.

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 The Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History 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  March on Washington, August 1963. Credit: Warren K. Leffler, Library of Congress  Meditation room at the National Museum of African American History and Culture  Smithsonian's newly renovated Renwick Gallery  The dramatic grand entry of the Renwick Gallery  The SERC Laboratory, Smithsonian's first LEED-certified building  Scientist at work at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center. Credit: Jim Duls  Scientist at work at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center  The Smithsonian Institution Building, affectionately known as "the Castle"  Gala dinner event at the Smithsonian Castle  The iconic Smithsonian Castle

Celebrate Smithsonian

A Behind-the-Scenes Gala Event

4 days from $3,495

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.

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 the Institution all the more.

- Lydia M.

The Celebrate Smithsonian trip exceeded my expectations!

- Robin T.

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ACCOMMODATIONS

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The Hay-Adams Hotel

Washington, D.C., United States

The Hay-Adams Hotel is located just across Lafayette Square, steps from the White House and close to the Smithsonian's museums and the National Mall. The hotel is named after the distinguished residents who previously lived on its site, John Hay, Private Assistant to President Abraham Lincoln and later Secretary of State, and Henry Adams, an acclaimed author and descendant of U.S. Presidents John Adams and John Quincy Adams. Guest rooms are all sumptuously appointed with the finest linens as well as marble baths and essentials like plush bathrobes, hair dryers, iron/ironing board, and fine soaps and shampoo. You also have access to the Internet in your room and a complimentary newspaper will be delivered to your door each morning. The hotel features fine dining at Restaurant Lafayette and the cozy Off the Record Bar, for evening refreshments.

Number of nights: 3