Tours

A design guide points to an object on view, engaging visitors in a public tour of an exhibition.

current tour programs

Please be advised:

As a public health precaution, the Smithsonian is postponing or canceling all public events, programming and gatherings until further notice, including Design Field Trips, self-guided and guided tour programs.. Please consult our calendar of events, museum websites and si.edu for the latest updates. We appreciate your understanding. At this time, all Smithsonian museums and the National Zoo are temporarily closed to the public and we have not announced a reopening date. Please check back frequently for any updates.

 

 

Contemporary Muslim Fashions – not available at this time

Organized by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, this pioneering exhibition examines how Muslim women—those who cover and those who do not—have become arbiters of style within and beyond their communities. Contemporary Muslim Fashions features approximately 80 ensembles drawn from established and emerging designers in high-end fashion, streetwear, sportswear and couture, as well as about 40 photographs to contextualize the garments on view.

 

Willi Smith – not available at this time

In the first museum exhibition dedicated to American designer Willi Smith (1948–1987), co-founder of the iconic brand WilliWear, over 200 works by Smith and collaborators will illuminate how the streetwear pioneer broke down social, cultural, and economic boundaries

 

Mansion Tour – not available at this time

Enjoy a tour of the Mansion – learn about Andrew Carnegie and the history of the Mansion and its transformation from home to museum.

public tours

As a public health precaution, the Smithsonian is postponing or canceling all public events, programming and gatherings until further notice, including Design Field Trips, self-guided and guided tour programs. Please consult our calendar of events, museum websites and si.edu for the latest updates. We appreciate your understanding. At this time, all Smithsonian museums and the National Zoo are temporarily closed to the public and we have not announced a reopening date. Please check back frequently for any updates.

 

 

private guided tours

Please be advised:

As a public health precaution, the Smithsonian is postponing or canceling all public events, programming and gatherings until further notice, including Design Field Trips, self-guided and guided tour programs. We will not be accepting any new tour requests and reservations until further notice. Please consult our calendar of events, museum websites and si.edu for the latest updates. We appreciate your understanding. At this time, all Smithsonian museums and the National Zoo are temporarily closed to the public and we have not announced a reopening date. Please check back frequently for any updates.

 

  • Reservations are required at least 4 weeks in advance of the desired visit date – please complete the tour registration form
  • Fees: individual admissions fees + $150 Design Guide fee
  • Minimum of 10†, maximum of 25 participants
  • For groups larger than 25, please make separate reservations with staggered arrival times

† If your group has special needs that require a smaller group size, please email the Tours department or call 212.849.8351.

Self-guided tours/group admission

  • Reservations are required at least 2 weeks in advance of the desired visit date – please complete the tour registration form
  • Fees: individual admissions fees (same as online prices)
  • Minimum of 10, maximum of 35 participants
  • For groups larger than 35, please make separate reservations with staggered arrival times
  • Outside lecturers are not permitted

tour registration

Please be advised:

As a public health precaution, the Smithsonian is postponing or canceling all public events, programming and gatherings until further notice, including Design Field Trips, self-guided and guided tour programs,  We will not be accepting any new tour requests and reservations until further notice. Please consult our calendar of events, museum websites and si.edu for the latest updates. We appreciate your understanding. At this time, all Smithsonian museums and the National Zoo are temporarily closed to the public and we have not announced a reopening date. Please check back frequently for any updates.

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For more information, please read our Group Visit Policies. You may also email the Tours department or call 212.849.8351.

Featured Image: Cooper Hewitt Design Guides lead public and private tours of Cooper Hewitt's exhibitions.