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Smithsonian Experience by Segway

2 Hours
Group Activity
Strenuous

From (USD) $74 Per Person

Smithsonian Experience by Segway

2 Hours
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Strenuous

From (USD) $74 Per Person

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      This is a seasonal tour operating from mid-March through early December.

      Smithsonian Experience by Segway

      Washington DC, USA
      From (USD) $74 Per Person
      Highlights
      • Glide with a guide: You cover more at Segway speed, with less trudging around. And our guide is smart and funny, so you understand more about the places you see.
      • A unique perspective: Discover the architecture, art, and history of the Smithsonian's famed museums, plus the memorials and monuments of the National Mall.
      • A bit of training: It takes just 30 minutes to learn how to operate the Segway safely. And with no more than eight people, you won't get lost in the crowd.
      About this Washington DC tour

      When James Smithson drew up a will giving everything to the United States to create "an establishment for the increase and diffusion of knowledge," it's unlikely he envisioned the Segway as one way of diffusing it. But almost two centuries later, we think he'd heartily approve.

      The institution that bears his name (as he specified in that will) is now known as "the nation's attic," and holds more than 138 million items in 19 museums, nine research centers, and a zoo. And that's just D.C. – there are facilities and affiliated museums around the world. Eleven of these D.C. museums and galleries are on the National Mall, including the Freer Gallery of Art, the Hirschhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the National Air and Space Museum, the National Museum of Natural History, and the original building, "the Castle."

      The exhibits are as eclectic as they are significant: everything from the Spirit of St. Louis to ballistic missiles; dinosaur skeletons to live insects; Asian and African art to Archie Bunker's chair and the Fonz's jacket. 

      Smithson's original bequest wasn't spectacular by modern philanthropic standards: about $11 million in today's money. But the value of its collections, and of the research it has supported, cannot even begin to be calculated. It's even possible that some of the knowledge "diffused" by the Smithsonian helped make the Segway possible. In any case, the lifelong researcher, traveler, and adventurer would have found it delightful.

      In the name of science

      He never set foot in the U.S., yet British-born James Smithson bequeathed his entire estate to found the Smithsonian Institution. And it might have been just to spite his father. Smithson was the illegitimate son of Hugh Smithson Perry, 1st Duke of Northumberland, and inherited no title. But he vowed, "My name shall live in the memory of man when the titles of the Northumberlands and Percys are extinct and forgotten." And he was right.

      Getting prepared
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      Cancellation policy

      Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.

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