Local Tours

Local Tours Information

Customized and free DC local tours are organized by local area Toastmasters clubs and members, and are offered as a courtesy to our 2016 Toastmasters International Convention attendees.  Should you be interested in any of the tours, please email us at PreConventionToursdc@gmail.com with name(s), contact info, and which tour you would like to join ASAP. We will confirm your request and provide you with more details.

Pentagon Tour – Arlington Virginia

Monday, August 15, Anytime

Wednesday, August 17, Anytime morning

This 2-1/2 hours tour, unlike the one hour general public tour, provides a more personal touch along with some interesting data and information about the Pentagon, the Department of Defense, and the mission of each service component: Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines. Metro (subway) accessible.

Other possible tour times available before and after the convention based on availability of guides.


Library of Congress – Washington DC

This library is US first established cultural institution and the largest library in the world. This two-hour expanded tour covers Rare Book & Special Collection department or Book Conservation & Reservation department in additional to the Thomas Jefferson Building general tour. Metro (subway) accessible.

Reasonable disability accommodations, if needed, can be requested at least two weeks in advance by email us at PreConventionToursdc@gmail.com

Monday, August 15, 2 – 4 pm (Conservation & Reservation)

Tuesday, August 16, 10 am – 12 Noon (Rare Book & Special Collection)


Library of Congress (Hispanic Focus) –  Washington DC

This private tour of the Library of Congress will begin at the Thomas Jefferson Building and include material from the Hispanic Reading Room and Hispanic Division. Metro (subway) accessible.
Tuesday, August 16, 1:00 pm


US Pharmacopeia – Rockville MD

Monday, August 15, 2 – 3 pm

Wednesday, August 17, 10 – 11 am

The U.S. Pharmacopeia Convention (USP), founded in 1820, is a scientific nonprofit organization that sets standards for the identity, strength, quality, and purity of medicines, food ingredients, and dietary supplements manufactured, distributed and consumed worldwide. USP’s drug standards are used in more than 140 countries.
This one hour private tour is a great opportunity for Toastmasters who are in the medical and healthcare industries. Metro (subway) accessible.


White House – Washington DC

(to be determined)

United State Capitol – Washington DC

Tuesday, August 16, 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Complimentary Capitol Tour given by Congressman Jim Ryun (retired). Meet at the South East corner of the Capitol. Bring as little as possible.

U.S. Senate Office Buildings –  Washington DC

Monday, August 15, or  Tuesday, August 16, 10 am – 3 pm

The Senate Office Buildings have rich architectural history, ranging from the oldest, built in 1903-1908 (Russell) to the newest, first occupied in 1982 (Hart). See the Russell Rotunda where the news commentators broadcast their reports.


Fort McHenry – Baltimore MD

Sunday, August 14, time to be announced
Visit Fort McHenry in Baltimore and learn the history behind the U.S. anthem, the Star-Spangled Banner. Living history exhibits and demonstrations occur on Sundays in the summer.


National Institutes of Health (NIH) – Bethesda MD

Monday, August 15 thru Wednesday, August 17. Tours available 8:30
NIH is the largest biomedical research agency in the world. Its mission is to seek fundamental knowledge about the nature and behavior of living systems and the application of that knowledge to enhance health, lengthen life, and reduce illness and disability. Metro (subway) accessible.


National Library of Medicine (NLM) – Bethesda MD

Daily tours at 1:30 p.m.; other times can be arranged

NLM has been a center of information innovation since its founding in 1836. As the world’s largest biomedical library, NLM is home to the PubMed database of biomedical literature, an electronic information resource searched billions of times each year by millions of people around the globe. The History of Medicine Division and its Rare Book Room includes a rich collection of historical material related to human health and disease.


National Aquarium – Baltimore MD

The National Aquarium in Baltimore features a living collection of more than 20,000 fish, birds, amphibians, reptiles and marine mammals living in award-winning habitats.

The Show Your Badge Program allows convention attendees to show their Toastmaster’s Convention badge at the National Aquarium’s General Admission windows and receive a $5 discount off of the current standard rates (standard rates are Adult: $39.95 and Senior(ages 65+): $34.95). This benefit offered during the conference period of August 13th- August 30th only and is valid for one discount per badge.

National Aquarium hours of operation are 9am – 5pm Monday through Thursday, 9am – 8pm Friday and Saturday, and 9am – 6pm on Sunday. In just one day, you can encounter a 500-pound green sea turtle in a colorful Indo-Pacific reef; explore a sunny, tropical rain forest; descend to the depths of shark territory and more.

Located in the heart of Baltimore’s vibrant Inner Harbor, the National Aquarium is convenient to reach by all modes of transportation, including the MARC Train, Amtrak Rail, and by car. Please visit http://www.aqua.org/visit/baltimore/directions-parking for parking information and turn by turn directions.

Please reach out by phone at 410-576-3800 or by email to geninfo@aqua.org for assistance with any questions.