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African-American History Tour with Museum in Washington DC provided by USA Guided Tours

African-American History Tour with Museum in Washington DC

African-American History Tour with Museum in Washington DC
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Tour snapshot
A small group led by a local guide in a minibus
Duration:
3h 30m
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Group size:
30
Stroller accessible
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
  • Duration:
    3h 30m
  • Taking Covid-19 safety measures
  • Group size:
    30
  • Stroller accessible
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
  • Free cancellation
About
On this half-day tour of Washington DC, guests learn about African-American culture from the beginning of United States history. Explore important landmarks such as the MLK Memorial, Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, and even the National Museum of African American History and Culture while gaining historical insights from the first landing at Jamestown through the Civil Rights Movement and present day.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Highlights
  • Informative commentary about the history of African-American culture
  • Reserved entry to the National Museum of African American History & Culture
  • Stops at major landmarks such as the M.L.K. and Lincoln Memorials
What to expect
Explore the rich history of African-American culture in the United States on this half-day excursion. Learn about the first African-Americans who were brought to Jamestown, Virginia and helped contribute to the building of the Nation's Capital. Discover a number of neighborhoods, such as U Street, that were once home to famous African-Americans, such as Frederick Douglass, renowned civil rights activist. Visit key landmarks in downtown D.C. that played important roles in the Civil Rights Movement including the Lincoln Memorial, where MLK gave his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. Conclude your tour at the recently opened National Museum of African American History and Culture with reserved tickets and delve deeper into the story of how African-Americans shaped American history.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • Informative commentary about the history of African-American culture
  • Reserved entry to the National Museum of African American History & Culture
  • Stops at major landmarks such as the M.L.K. and Lincoln Memorials
What to expect
Explore the rich history of African-American culture in the United States on this half-day excursion. Learn about the first African-Americans who were brought to Jamestown, Virginia and helped contribute to the building of the Nation's Capital. Discover a number of neighborhoods, such as U Street, that were once home to famous African-Americans, such as Frederick Douglass, renowned civil rights activist. Visit key landmarks in downtown D.C. that played important roles in the Civil Rights Movement including the Lincoln Memorial, where MLK gave his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. Conclude your tour at the recently opened National Museum of African American History and Culture with reserved tickets and delve deeper into the story of how African-Americans shaped American history.
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Call the number below and use the product code: 6349P19
Important information
Inclusions
  • Bottled water
  • Live commentary on board
  • Tour escort/host
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Reserved Entry into the National Museum of African American History and Culture
  • Entry/Admission - National Museum of African American History and Culture
Exclusions
  • Lunch
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Entry/Admission - United States Navy Memorial and Naval Heritage Center
  • Entry/Admission - White House
  • Entry/Admission - African American Civil War Memorial Museum
Duration
3h 30m
Departure details
  • US Navy Memorial Plaza, 701 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20004, USA 701 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004
  • National Museum of African American History and Culture, 1400 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20560, USA
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Collapsible wheelchairs with removable wheels can be accommodated providing the passenger is accompanied by someone who can assist them board and disembark
  • The seats are assigned on the first come, first served basis
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Please arrive at least 20 minutes before your scheduled departure time to ensure a timely check in
  • No food allowed on buses (snacks are fine!)
  • Please Note: Purchase of this tour includes free timed-entry passes to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. However, this is not an official Smithsonian tour. Additionally, entry to the property is provided complimentary only after completing the sightseeing history tour. Customers booking this tour are paying for this company’s services and perspective, which is independent of and may not represent the views of the Smithsonian.
  • Safety Measures For The National Museum of African American History and Culture: beginning January 22, 2022, all visitors to the Cafe who are 12 and older must show proof of having had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Additionally, we do our best to provide entry to the Smithsonian but it is not guaranteed. The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture is a public institution and we do not factor entry passes into our ticket price. We have no special reservation agreement with them and simply access their public portal on Recreation.gov for tickets. Guests may still experience wait times upon arrival to enter the museum and are required to follow the museum's guidelines for entry at their allotted entry time.
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travellers
Inclusions
  • Bottled water
  • Live commentary on board
  • Tour escort/host
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Reserved Entry into the National Museum of African American History and Culture
  • Entry/Admission - National Museum of African American History and Culture
Exclusions
  • Lunch
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Entry/Admission - United States Navy Memorial and Naval Heritage Center
  • Entry/Admission - White House
  • Entry/Admission - African American Civil War Memorial Museum
Departure details
  • US Navy Memorial Plaza, 701 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20004, USA 701 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004
  • National Museum of African American History and Culture, 1400 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20560, USA
Duration
3h 30m
Return details
  • National Museum of African American History and Culture, 1400 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20560, USA
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Collapsible wheelchairs with removable wheels can be accommodated providing the passenger is accompanied by someone who can assist them board and disembark
  • The seats are assigned on the first come, first served basis
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Please arrive at least 20 minutes before your scheduled departure time to ensure a timely check in
  • No food allowed on buses (snacks are fine!)
  • Please Note: Purchase of this tour includes free timed-entry passes to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. However, this is not an official Smithsonian tour. Additionally, entry to the property is provided complimentary only after completing the sightseeing history tour. Customers booking this tour are paying for this company’s services and perspective, which is independent of and may not represent the views of the Smithsonian.
  • Safety Measures For The National Museum of African American History and Culture: beginning January 22, 2022, all visitors to the Cafe who are 12 and older must show proof of having had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Additionally, we do our best to provide entry to the Smithsonian but it is not guaranteed. The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture is a public institution and we do not factor entry passes into our ticket price. We have no special reservation agreement with them and simply access their public portal on Recreation.gov for tickets. Guests may still experience wait times upon arrival to enter the museum and are required to follow the museum's guidelines for entry at their allotted entry time.
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Face masks provided for travellers
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    US Navy Memorial Plaza
    701 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20004, USA
    701 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004
    See address & details
  • 1
    United States Navy Memorial and Naval Heritage Center
    Stop: 20 minutes - Admission excluded
    See details
  • 2
    White House
    Stop: 20 minutes - Admission excluded
    See details
  • 3
    Lincoln Memorial
    Stop: 20 minutes
    See details
  • 4
    Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial
    Stop: 20 minutes
    See details
  • 5
    Lincoln Park
    Stop: 20 minutes
    See details
  • 6
    African American Civil War Memorial Museum
    Stop: 20 minutes - Admission excluded
    See details
    Pass by
    Washington Monument
    Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
    Bureau of Engraving and Printing
    Jefferson Memorial
    FBI Headquarters
    Howard University
    U.S. Capitol
    Freedom Plaza
  • 7
    National Museum of African American History and Culture
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • You'll end at
    National Museum of African American History and Culture
    1400 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20560, USA
    See address & details
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Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.
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4.5
145 reviews
Excellent
109
Very good
15
Average
9
Poor
5
Terrible
7

Livvy M
1 contribution
Jun 2021 • Couples
Our tour guide John was very informative/knowledgeable. He also engaged the audience with his wit and sense of humor. Definitely would recommend this tour, which gives visitors a lot of information about the historical significance of DC
Written 17 June 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Jan S
Apollo Beach, FL26 contributions
Truly excellent! We actually booked this tour because we couldn’t get tickets to the African American museum separately. But we were so glad that happened because the tour was fantastic. Our guide Jamal was extremely knowledgeable and friendly and made the tour exceptionally interesting and fun.
Written 5 May 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
USAGuidedTours
Thank you for your comments, we are very happy that you enjoyed the tour, we invite you to review our different tour offers, we have a modern fleet of buses, experienced drivers, and friendly tour guides that will make you feel very comfortable.
Written 22 June 2022
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

JakeCarl
Oakland, CA48 contributions
May 2022
Our tour guide and the driver were just wonderful. I highly recommend this tour to everyone. It was very informative, and the tour guide and the driver of the van gave us a VIP tour and we made it into the African American museum at the end of the tour. My wife and I had a wonderful day.
Written 22 May 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
USAGuidedTours
Thank you for your comments, we are very happy that you enjoyed the tour, we invite you to review our different tour offers, we have a modern fleet of buses, experienced drivers, and friendly tour guides that will make you feel very comfortable.
Written 21 June 2022
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Kathe K
1 contribution
Apr 2022
I have mixed feelings about this tour. The primary reason I booked it was because I was unable to obtain free National Museum of African American History and Culture. Started off fine. We got in line about 1/2 hour before the scheduled leave time of 10:00am. There seemed to be some confusion about our tour guide. Apparently our guide received a call late the previous evening to fill in. I neglected to get his name but he was a retired history professor and used to give tours at the Museum of African American History and Culture. There seemed to be confusion between the driver and the guide in terms of our routing. The guide started off with going around the bus asking where people were from, making it sound as though he was going to link his remarks to different parts of the country. He got distracted after asking 1/2 the people on our bus where they were from but it made no matter because it was never addressed again. We were told that we would arrive at the museum at 1:30. First off, we drove to the White House (on the corner of H street and 16th Street on the edge of Lafayette Park and St. John's Episcopal Church. We were all back on the bus in 5 minutes. Mentioned the Black Lives Matter pedestrian section. Would casually mention people like Frederick Douglass, Emmett Till, John Lewis, Thurgood Marshall, as well as other notable individuals but too bad if you didn't know who they were because he told us several times that he expected us to know who they were. In my thinking, people take tours to learn and often we don't know what we don't know. He could have educated people in the time that it took him to tell us multiple times that he didn't have time. (Had time to tell us about his son running marathons on several occasions.) Also told us that we would be getting to the museum at 1:30 but yet when he handed out the admission tickets, they all said 12:00 entry. After WH stop, went to MLK, Jr. memorial and to the Lincoln Memorial. I was glad that I had taken a previous Monuments at Night tour to those locales because otherwise, I wouldn't have learned anything about them. Apparently there was something of a mutiny on the bus as the driver addressed us when we got back on. He said that some wanted to get to the museum earlier. Then the guide started talking about everything we would miss on his tour and that we wouldn't have time to see everything at the museum anyway. I was concerned about the discrepancy between the stated 1:30 museum entry time and the entry time on the tickets so we departed the tour when it stopped at the museum at 12:00. We were there until they closed and I certainly saw more starting at 12:00 than I would have starting at 1:30. Half of our bus left the tour at 12:00. Not sure what happened with people who stuck with the tour. I thoroughly enjoyed the museum and would have liked more time there. Was not impressed with the tour guide. Oh, and he was on his phone at least 1/4 of the time.

When I was researching reviews for this tour, I was puzzled about the 5 star ratings and the 1 star ratings. I think I now understand the range of experiences. All depends on our guide.
Written 29 April 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
USAGuidedTours
Dear customer, we regret that your experience has not been entirely good, we invite you to review our different tour offers, we have a modern fleet of buses, experienced drivers, and expert and friendly guides that will make you feel very comfortable.
Written 8 June 2022
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

steve g
Atlanta, GA2 contributions
Aug 2021
Took the tour on 18AUG 2021. Had received notice that maximum of 8 passengers would be allowed in van due to covid safety. We arrived at pick up point and to our surprise the tour company had filled the van with 13 passengers, every seat, in this transport van. I was told by driver/tour guide that if I or anyone in my group did not want to go then we would be issued a refund. He said that the memo I had received about the number of passengers was an old memo, however, I received it 24 hours before my arrival.
He drove us around the monuments and spoke on African American history for 3 plus hours but due to the tightness of the van, it was uncomfortable. We were then dropped off at the Museum with tickets and told goodbye at 12:30
I would say to stay away from this tour. You're better off walking the monuments and enjoying the sights. The hop on hop off buses seem to be more interesting.
Written 24 August 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
USAGuidedTours
Dear client we regret that you were not given the correct information about the capacity of passenger in the buss we invite you to review our different tour offers, we have a modern fleet of buses, experienced drivers, and expert and friendly guides that will make you feel very comfortable
Written 8 June 2022
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Patrice S
1 contribution
Oct 2021 • Friends
First off the tour guide was rude and should keep his "jokes" that are body shaming to himself or find another gig. Secondly, the tour should be shortened or start earlier so travelers can spend more time in the museum before it closes. Lastly, the bus (not the passengers) smelled unpleasant. The driver was great so I'm giving 2 stars.
Written 9 October 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
USAGuidedTours
Dear customer, we regret that your experience has not been entirely good, we invite you to review our different tour offers, we have a modern fleet of buses, experienced drivers, and expert and friendly guides that will make you feel very comfortable.
Written 8 June 2022
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Teresita G. Browne
Ventura, CA1 contribution
This tour was one of the best we have ever taken. The tour guide was knowledgeable and witty and brought a very relevant perspective to the history of America and Washington DC. We would highly recommend this to anyone interested in the history of the city!
Written 30 September 2021
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Maureen H
2 contributions
Nov 2021 • Couples
Mr. Map was AWESOME!!!!! Very knowledgeable. The only suggestion I would make is to start the tour earlier so that more time can be spent at the museum. We were at the museum for over three hours and we were not able to get to see everything we wanted to see.
Written 15 November 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
USAGuidedTours
Thanks for the kind words, Mhester222! We set a high bar for ourselves to deliver a wonderful and unique tour experience for each of our guests. It's always nice to hear that we delivered on our promise. Purchase of this tour includes free timed-entry passes to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. However, this is not an official Smithsonian tour. Additionally, entry to the property is provided as a courtesy only after completing the sightseeing history tour. Customers booking this tour are paying for this company’s services and perspective, which is independent of and may not represent the views of the Smithsonian. We hope to see you again soon. Kind regards,
Written 18 November 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Rebecca H
Boston, MA9 contributions
Jun 2021 • Family
Yes! This is a great tour to do especially if you don’t want to do a lot of walking! We were in DC for the weekend and booked 3 tours but all we’re different. Both the guide Dion and driver, Thomas gave us a great historical narrative and opportunity to see the sights in comfort. It was a very hot day, and the bus was well air conditioned , seats were comfortable. It was not crowded at 50 percent capacity. Both the driver and tour guide were very kind and considerate, they drove us as close as possible to each site we visited. Ice cold bottled water was available throughout the trip. Dion was quite knowledgeable and brought history to life through real examples that highlighted the significance of historic events and ended the tour with a story of hope for the future. We had ample time to explore The Museum of African History & Culture, which for us was a highlight of this experience! Thank you for a memorable tour my family and I truly enjoyed it!
Written 21 June 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Rosemary H
Metro Minneapolis-Saint Paul, MN12 contributions
Sep 2021
Excellent, small group tour. Our guide, "Mr. Map", having been born and raised in Washington D.C., was very knowledgeable and inciteful. We were taken to several sites not included in a typical D.C. tour. Our excellent driver navigated our small tour bus through areas larger buses bypass. The tour was very informative. The included timed entry tickets for the Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture was a much appreciated bonus, since we'd missed the 30 day window to reserve our tickets before our trip.
Written 21 September 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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Excellent experience!!
This was an excellent experience. Theo & Josh were excellent driver & Josh is an excellent tour guide!! This tour
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Josh and Theo - great!
Josh and Theo were amazing!!! We had such a great time and our 9 year old loved Josh’s trivia questions!
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Do this your first evening in DC!
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The best ever!
Just got back from traveling and Nick McCall's nighttime monument tour in DC was the best. He suggested the convert
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Pretty good value but not great
I took this tour on a Saturday night with Brittany. It was a nice tour and the sites were quite spectacular once th
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Great tour of DC
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Awesome!
Awesome city! So much to see and do. Highly recommend tours. Easy to find places! Excellent restaurants! Great city
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So happy we picked this tour!
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The best way to visit DCs monuments!
This is one of the best tours I've ever experienced! Jamal and Brian were fantastic. So professional and personable
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Excellent
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Great experience
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Awesome Experience
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Well worth it!
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