Smithsonian VisitorGuide/Tours

Smithsonian VisitorGuide/Tours


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So you’re in Washington, D.C. to see the 2013 inauguration ceremony and take part in the festivities? Now you can download our FREE special inauguration edition of Smithsonian Tours and get helpful “know-before-you-go” information about inaugural events and happenings.

We’ve designed a special FREE tour of the presidential and first lady highlights from the Smithsonian collections. You’ll get easy turn-by-turn directions to five of the Smithsonian museums from the Natural History, American History and American Indian museums on the National Mall and from the National Portrait Gallery and the American Art Museum in the Penn Quarter District.

Our latest new postcard, lets you snap a photo of friends and family wearing George Washington’s uniform; and share it instantly on Facebook and Twitter.

This limited edition FREE tour is your entry ticket to our full Smithsonian Tours App. For just 99 cents, you can upgrade to a whole suite of our best tours of the Smithsonian and select from a host of digital postcards to wow your friends. Send home a picture of your mom wearing the Hope Diamond and the Ruby Slippers from Wizard of Oz, or hangout with an orangutan or swim with a giant squid. All with your 99 cents upgrade.

For just 99 cents, get the most out of your trip to Washington, D.C. and the National Mall with custom-built tours, based on your available time and passions. From the editors of Smithsonian magazine, Smithsonian Tours is packed with handy navigational tools, maps, museum floor plans, a calendar of events, dining and shopping, including 'Greatest Hits' for each Smithsonian museum.

What can you do with the Smithsonian Tours app?

- Based on your interests, size of your group and available time, we offer "Greatest Hits" tours of the Smithsonian's Washington, D.C. museums. Art Lover, Nature Lover and History Buff, or find tours to take With Dad, With Mom or With the Kids.

- Check out our list of Must-See Exhibitions and get updates on daily events.

- Get turn-by-turn walking directions on the map of the National Mall, locate artifacts inside the museums and find the nearest Metro stops.

- Get hot news tips from the Smithsonian and the Around the Mall blog on

- Navigate with maps, directions, augmented reality and a handy Friend Finder to locate your lost pals.

- Remember and share your time at the Smithsonian by sending a custom digital postcard. Put yourself inside the Apollo 11 Command Module, wear the Hope Diamond, step out in the Ruby Slippers or hang out with the Orangutan at the Zoo. Pick from our other fun selections and send them to your friends.

- Find out where to eat and shop with descriptions of Smithsonian restaurants and stores.

- The app has selections from all of these museums: the Air and Space Museum, the American History Museum, the Natural History Museum, the Smithsonian Castle, the Udvar-Hazy Center, the African Art Museum, the American Indian Museum, the Anacostia Community Museum, the Freer Gallery, the Sackler Gallery, the Hirshhorn Museum, the National Portrait Gallery, the Postal Museum, the Smithsonian American Art Museum and its Renwick Gallery, and the National Zoo.

Recently changed in this version

• We've gone free!
• Free access to our specialty tour of the season, beginning with our latest new Presidents Tour
• Get a free interactive postcard - Snap and share pics of your friends wearing George Washington’s uniform
• Get free “know-before-go” Inauguration Information
• Like what you see? Our in-app purchase unlocks a full suite of custom-made tours & access to interactive postcards.

Comments and ratings for Smithsonian VisitorGuide/Tours
  • (32 stars)

    by Josh W on 17/05/2014

    You can download it for free but you have to pay to use any of it. Its very inexpensive but misleading and since I don't see a way of previewing any content after being mislead I am uninstalling.

  • (32 stars)

    by Matthew Brewer on 22/04/2014

    A very handy app to have when exploring the various museums. Only complaint is that the app takes a long time to load up, and seems to crash unexpectedly.

  • (32 stars)

    by Keith Eaton on 31/08/2013

    This didn't even open at all.

  • (32 stars)

    by Dave Elvin on 03/08/2013

    12MB?? A waste of time and taxpayer dollars. Echoing above, we stumbled on the Slippers before the app fully opened. Don't bother downloading.

  • (32 stars)

    by Jason Lopez on 08/07/2013

    Downloaded yesterday & I have not been successful with getting further than a few screens before it crashes. Getting to other screens took entirely too long & any additional information would ask you to purchase the full app for .99¢. Give it to me straight & I will buy it, but do not offer free then require the buy the content to make the app functional. Nothing seemed to be free other than down

  • (32 stars)

    by Joe Cararie on 15/06/2013

    Excruciatingly slow on S3 with excellent signal. I typically found a museum worker to answer my question before the app responded.

  • (32 stars)

    by Denise Dutton on 09/06/2013

    This is listed as a free app. However, as soon as I clicked on something for more information, I got a pop-up that said in order to access all the content, I needed to upgrade for 99¢. Now, I don't have a problem with paying less than a buck. But I do have a problem with the ol' bait & switch. Tell me it's 99¢ off the bat? I'll pay it. Tell me it's free, and then ask for money? Uninstall.

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