Travel through US history on a professionally guided 2-hour musical journey at the Smithsonian Museum of American History – a must-see DC experience for musicians and music fans alike.
Discover the importance of music and its relevance to incredible historical events; from the fascinating story behind the National Anthem to the evolution of spiritual music into blues, jazz, rock n’ roll, hip hop, and R&B and uncover some of the ‘hidden’ (or not so ‘hidden’) messages in well-known songs that were used to vocalize and promote political movements.
Your tour will examine the origins and stories behind some of the best-known American songs and musicians and you’ll get to see artifacts and objects that belonged to some of the most recognized names in the business.
You’ll have time to get hands-on with some of the exhibits’ interactive games and activities, like mixing your own beats, to see first-hand how rhythms from the past made their way into nightclub and bar culture with the invention of electronic music equipment.
Lobby of the south entrance of National Museum of American History, underneath the American flag.
1300 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20560.