- National Museum of African American History and Culture
- National Archives
- Monuments and Memorials Tour
Day 2 You'll See:
This whirlwind 2 day D.C. educational extravaganza gets you around to some of the most popular highlights of our nation’s capital. Explore the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, then head over to the National Archives for a peek at our Constitution and the Declaration of Independence. You’ll visit the Library of Congress, Capitol Hill, and the incredible 6-story Newseum, then head to the White House for a most memorable photo opportunity!
National Museum of African American History and Culture
This is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture. Inside the strikingly modern facade of the building, you will find over 36,000 artifacts, a truly impressive collection that spans several decades of life. You will be able to visit collections categorized as such: American South, American West, Civil Rights, Clothing and Dress, Community, Education, Family, Literature, Military, Music, Photography, Politics, Religious Groups, Segregation, and Slavery. With so much to see, we suggest AT LEAST 2-3 hours at the museum, though in the past we have had groups use more than one day to explore it all.
The National Archives and Records Administration stores and provides public access to the original documents that set up the American government as a democracy in 1774; additionally, the records of the nation's civil, military and diplomatic activities are held here for present and future generations. Your student group will be transported on a fascinating journey through time, with an opportunity to view the United States Government's Charters of Freedom, the U.S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the Declaration of Independence. This fantastic learning experience should own a slot on every D.C. educational trip – don’t forget a stop by the gift shop for that perfect memento of your visit!
Monuments and Memorials Tour
This brisk scenic walkabout is an absolute MUST on every student trip to Washington, D.C. and gets you and your group around to all of its exciting monuments and memorials - each truly unique and important in its own right. Your invigorating excursion begins at the White House and continues through the National Mall, along the Reflecting Pool, and around the Tidal Basin, winding to a neat finish at the U.S. Capitol Building and Supreme Court.
Library of Congress
Rise and shine, well-rested itinerants! Your 2nd day in D.C. has you heading out to the magnificent Library of Congress right after breakfast. It’s the nation's oldest federal cultural institution and the world’s largest library, containing more than 128 million items including books, manuscripts, films, photographs, sheet music, and maps. As part of the legislative branch of government, the Library houses several internal divisions, including the Office of the Librarian, U.S. Copyright Office, Law Library of Congress, Library Services, and the Office of Strategic Initiatives. Visitors flock year-round to partake of its wonderful exhibitions, interactive displays, concerts, films, lectures and special events.
Capitol Hill Tour
No educational tour of Washington, D.C. would be complete without a visit to the seat of our legislative and judicial branches. You and your students will enjoy a short, informative video before moving on to explore the breathtakingly magnificent Capitol and Supreme Court Buildings, the Jefferson Building at the Library of Congress and the stunning U.S. Botanic Garden/Conservatory.
After touring Capitol Hill, you and your young charges zip over to the Newseum - a seven-level, high-tech interactive museum tracing the history of news reporting from the 16th century to the present day. Located between the White House and the U.S. Capitol, the Newseum houses 15 theaters, 14 major galleries, two state-of-the-art broadcast studios and a 4-D time-travel experience in its 250,000 square feet of exhibit space, with its fascinating and comprehensive galleries exploring news history, photojournalism, world news and media coverage of major historical events. Miss the morning paper? Not to worry! Each day, the Newseum serves up the fresh front pages of more than 450 news publications from around the world.
White House Photo Opportunity
Your group will enjoy a pre-arranged White House Photo Opportunity with the most famous residence in our country in the background. What a fantastic way to commemorate your trip to Washington, D.C.!