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The Great Tours: Washington DC

Take a detailed look at the fascinating history and culture of Washington DC in this Smithsonian-sponsored, insider’s tour.

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32 Lectures

1
Image of How Washington DC Came to Be
How Washington DC Came to Be
0 of 37 min
2
Image of The White House and the Presidency
The White House and the Presidency
0 of 30 min
3
Image of The Capitol Building and the Legislature
The Capitol Building and the Legislature
0 of 35 min
4
Image of The Supreme Court and the Law of the Land
The Supreme Court and the Law of the Land
0 of 33 min
5
Image of The Nation’s Knowledge: Library of Congress
The Nation’s Knowledge: Library of Congress
0 of 30 min
6
Image of The State, Treasury, and Justice Departments
The State, Treasury, and Justice Departments
0 of 31 min
7
Image of Veterans Memorials on the Mall
Veterans Memorials on the Mall
0 of 32 min
8
Image of Arlington Cemetery and the Pentagon
Arlington Cemetery and the Pentagon
0 of 43 min
9
Image of George Washington’s Mount Vernon
George Washington’s Mount Vernon
0 of 30 min
10
Image of Ford’s Theatre and Lincoln’s Washington DC
Ford’s Theatre and Lincoln’s Washington DC
0 of 29 min
11
Image of Washington’s Civil Rights Landmarks
Washington’s Civil Rights Landmarks
0 of 35 min
12
Image of The Holocaust Museum
The Holocaust Museum
0 of 27 min
13
Image of Museums on the Mall: Smithsonian and Beyond
Museums on the Mall: Smithsonian and Beyond
0 of 36 min
14
Image of Washington, City of Scandal
Washington, City of Scandal
0 of 28 min
15
Image of The Kennedy Center and the DC Arts Scene
The Kennedy Center and the DC Arts Scene
0 of 40 min
16
Image of Neighborhoods of Northwest DC
Neighborhoods of Northwest DC
0 of 24 min
17
Image of Washington’s Historic Homes and Gardens
Washington’s Historic Homes and Gardens
0 of 30 min
18
Image of Spiritual DC: The National Cathedral and More
Spiritual DC: The National Cathedral and More
0 of 39 min
19
Image of Smithsonian’s National Zoo
Smithsonian’s National Zoo
0 of 34 min
20
Image of Dining Out in Washington DC
Dining Out in Washington DC
0 of 36 min
21
Image of Washington’s New Waterfront
Washington’s New Waterfront
0 of 21 min
22
Image of Washington for Sports Fans
Washington for Sports Fans
0 of 24 min
23
Image of Exploring Washington’s Great Outdoors
Exploring Washington’s Great Outdoors
0 of 28 min
24
Image of The National Archives and the Future of DC
The National Archives and the Future of DC
0 of 41 min
25
Image of Interview with General Colin Powell
Interview with General Colin Powell
0 of 34 min
26
Image of Interview with Lonnie G. Bunch III, Smithsonian
Interview with Lonnie G. Bunch III, Smithsonian
0 of 26 min
27
Image of Interview with Ellen Miles, Smithsonian
Interview with Ellen Miles, Smithsonian
0 of 24 min
28
Image of Interview with Yo-Yo Ma
Interview with Yo-Yo Ma
0 of 33 min
29
Image of Interview with Joseph Alonso, National Cathedral
Interview with Joseph Alonso, National Cathedral
0 of 17 min
30
Image of Interview with Brandie Smith, National Zoo
Interview with Brandie Smith, National Zoo
0 of 21 min
31
Image of Interview with José Andrés, Chef and Philanthropist
Interview with José Andrés, Chef and Philanthropist
0 of 27 min
32
Image of Interview with David M. Rubenstein, Philanthropist
Interview with David M. Rubenstein, Philanthropist
0 of 26 min

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d********m
August 4, 2019

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j********m
July 24, 2019
A good course overall but far too much time was spent on the interviews which largely duplicated from the interviews contained in the lectures on specific topics, ie The Kennedy Center, the National Cathedral, etc. The time would have been better spent covering some of the many other DC neighborhoods, and landmarks that were omitted. I am specifically thinking of the Capitol Hill neighborhood (around Pennsylavania Ave SW) and Union Station. There others but these are two that I am most familiar with.

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d********m
July 17, 2019
A lot of knowledge is available in these lectures!

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