There is limited availability for the tours on Sunday and Monday.  Please inquire at the Congress Registration/Information Desk for further information.


The Organizing Committee of the 44th International Congress for the History of Pharmacy is pleased to offer the following optional scientific tours:

Tour of the U.S. National Library of Medicine (Bethesda, Maryland)

Description:  The United States National Library of Medicine (NLM) is the world’s largest biomedical library. Its collections include more than seven million books, journals, technical reports, manuscripts, microfilms, photographs, and images on medicine and related sciences, including some of the world's oldest and rarest works. The NLM History of Medicine Division has one of the world’s richest collections of historical material related to health and disease. We are working with NLM staff to offer a special tour with a focus on the history of pharmacy. Tour participants will be required to pass through security checkpoints before entering the NLM. 

Tour Date and Details: The tour is offered on Thursday, September 5. The tour will depart from the Capital Hilton at 8:45 and will return to the hotel by approximately 13:00 (1:00 pm). A tour guide will escort the group. We will travel by to and from the NLM by Metro (the local subway system).  Travel time:  Approximately 35 minutes each way.  Some walking and standing will be required.

Tour Fee:  $20 per person.  The tour fee covers transportation and admission.

Tour of the USP Laboratories and Museum (Rockville, Maryland)

Description:   We have a special tour for those of you interested in pharmacopoeias and drug reference standards.  USP is an independent scientific organization that collaborates with the world’s top experts in health and science to develop quality standards for medicines, dietary supplements, and food ingredients. Through its standards, advocacy and education, USP helps increase the availability of quality medicines, supplements and food for billions of people worldwide. Founded as the U.S. Pharmacopoeial Convention in 1820, USP is the principal sponsor of the 44th International Congress for the History of Pharmacy.

USP publishes the United States Pharmacopeia-National Formulary (USP-NF), which contains standards for drug substances, dosage forms and excipients. It also provides official reference standards, physical standards for use in conducting official USP–NF tests and assays. USP also publishes the Food Chemicals Codex, the USP Compounding Compendium and the Dietary Supplements Compendium.


Our guided tour of USP’s headquarters in Rockville, Maryland will include USP’s laboratories where reference standards are established and USP’s museum displaying an exhibit, Science@USP, and an archive of historical artifacts, photographs, and memorabilia relating to the United States Pharmacopeia.

Tour Dates and Details:  Tours are offered on Thursday, September 5 and Monday, September 9.  The tours will depart the Capital Hilton at 9:00 and return to the hotel by approximately 13:30 (1:30). A tour guide will escort the group. We will travel by to and from USP by Metro (the local subway system). Travel time:  Approximately 40 minutes each way.  Some walking and standing will be required.

Tour Fee:  $20 per person.  The tour fee covers transportation and admission.

Tour of the National Museum of American History (Washington, DC)

Description:  No trip to Washington DC is complete without a guided tour of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History.  The museum houses the greatest single collection of American history in the world and includes a remarkable array of American history in documents, photographs, and other works, including major holdings on the histories of American business and music. On Thursday, the tour will focus on the Smithsonian's Medical History Collection. Participants will have the opportunity to view artifacts from the collection and meet with members of the curatorial staff. On Monday, participants will get a "behind the scenes" tour of the Division of Medicine and Science storage facility with a focus on the Smithsonian's pharmaceutical collection.  Tour participants will be required to pass through security checkpoints before entering the museum.

Tour Dates and Details:  Tours are offered on Thursday, September 5 and Monday, September 9.  The tour on Thursday is expected to leave the Capital Hilton at 13:00 (1:00 pm) and return at approximately 16:00 (4:00 pm). The tour on Monday is expected to leave Capital Hilton at 9:30 and return at approximately 12:30.  (Note: Tour times for this tour are tentative and subject to change.) A tour guide will escort the group. Participants will travel to/from the museum via shuttle bus. Some walking and standing will be required.

Tour Fee:  $20 per person.  The tour fee covers transportation and admission.

Potomac River Cruise and Tour of the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum in Alexandria, Virginia.

Description:  Cruise the Potomac River on a water taxi traveling from Washington, DC to historic Alexandria, Virginia and then tour the historic Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum. The museum is located at the site of an actual apothecary's shop that operated from 1792 to 1933.  The museum is noted for its outstanding collection of shop furnishings and apothecary bottles and equipment. Hand-blown glass bottles (some with their contents intact) line shelves on the first floor; upstairs are wooden bins of ingredients and the workbench on which pharmacists prepared elixirs and pills. In addition to the public portion of the museum, participants will enjoy a behind the scenes tour highlighting many original features of this apothecary. (The second and the third floors are only accessible by stairs.) After the tour, explore historic downtown Alexandria on your own before boarding the water taxi for your return trip to Washington. 

Tour Dates and Details:  Tours are offered on Friday, September 6 and Sunday, September 8.  The tour on Friday will leave the Capital Hilton at 9:40 and return at approximately 13:45 (1:45).  The tour on Sunday will leave the Capital Hilton at 12:30 and return at approximately 16:30 (4:30). Participants will be transported by shuttle bus to and from the Wharf in Washington, DC (the water taxi terminal).  (Note: Participants have the option to spend more time in Alexandria and take a later water taxi back to Washington, DC, but you will have to arrange your own transportation from the Wharf to the Capital Hilton.).  Some walking and standing will be required.

Tour Fee:  $51 per person. The fee includes round-trip transportation and admission to the museum.


We encourage visitors to arrive a day or two before the Congress, or stay after the Congress, to see the many sites Washington, DC and the surrounding area offers.  Below is information about tours, things to do, and other information useful to visitors. The information provided is believed to be accurate and current, but it is subject to change. Therefore, please check the websites to verify tour and other information. Reservations for these tours should be made on the tour operator’s website.


A good way to explore the city is by tour bus. The following tour bus operators offer a variety of tours.

·                     Gray Line Bus Tours

Gray Line Bus Tours offers tours to many sites in Washington, DC. In most cases, Gray Line tours begin at Union Station (a short taxi or Uber ride from the Capital Hilton). Recommended Gray Line tours include the following:

Mount Vernon & Arlington Cemetery Tour

This all day (9-hour) bus tour leaves Union Station at 9:00.  The tour includes stops at Mount Vernon (the home of George Washington), Old Town Alexandria, and Arlington National Cemetery. The tour is offered on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. $105/adult.

Washington DC In A Day Tour

This 7-hour bus tour leaves Union Station at 9:00. The tour includes stops at the U.S. Capitol Building, White House Visitors Center, White House (photo stop only), World War II Memorial, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall and the Korean War Memorial. You will also see many other famous sites as you travel around Washington, DC. The tour is offered Wednesday, Friday and Monday. $55/adult.

Washington DC Evening Tour

This 2-hour bus tour leaves Union Station at approximately 18:30 (6:30 p.m.). If you’ve ever wanted to see the sights of the capital city in the twilight hours, this is the tour for you! Seeing DC monuments at night is a special experience that not many visitors to the city try out. The various landmarks look brilliant while illuminated and with this tour, you’ll see so many of them. Stops include the Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, Korean War Memorial, Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial or Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, and the White House (photo stop only). The tour is offered nightly, except Saturday. $35/adult

·                     USA GUIDED TOURS

USA Guided Tour also offers variety of bus tours, most of which include an actual live tour guide. (Most Gray Line tours do not include a live tour guide.) The starting point for USA Guided Tours varies. Recommended tours include the following:

Best of DC - VIP Tour

This 8.5-hour bus tour includes a live tour guide and priority entrance into the U.S. Capitol Building and the National Archives Building (a feature most other tours do not include). It also includes a boat cruise (with included lunch) on the Potomac River. Other stops include the White House, World War II Memorial, Thomas Jefferson Memorial, FDR Memorial, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, Lincoln Memorial and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. The tour begins at the Neptune Fountain (outside the Library of Congress) and ends at the National Archives Building. Offered daily, except Saturday. $125/adult.

African American History Tour

This 4-hour bus tour includes a live tour guide and visits many sites in Washington, DC important to African-American history.  The tour begins at 9:30 at the Judiciary Square Metro station (401 F Street, NW) and includes stops at the Frederick Douglass House; African American Civil War Memorial; White House (picture stop), Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial and U.S. Capitol Building (picture stop).  You will drive by the Washington Monument, Smithsonian Museums, Bureau of Engraving and Printing, World War II Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, and FBI Headquarters.  The tour ends at the National Museum of African American History and Culture (admission tickets included). Offered daily, except Wednesday. $89/adult.

Old Town Alexandria & Mount Vernon Tour

This 5-hour bus tour begins at the U.S. Naval Memorial (701 Pennsylvania Ave NW) at 10:00 and includes a tour of historic Old Town Alexandria, followed by a scenic ride along the Potomac River to Mount Vernon, home of George Washington.  The tour includes a guided walking tour of the Mount Vernon grounds and estate. Offered daily. $79/adult. 


Metrorail & Metrobus:  Metrorail and Metrobus are the most convenient ways to get around DC and are one of the safest, cleanest and most efficient transportation systems in the world. The Metro operates from 5 a.m. to midnight on weekdays and from 7 a.m. to midnight on weekends. Metrobus runs hundreds of routes throughout the city and the greater Washington, DC area. 

Riders can pay by purchasing a SmarTrip card, which allows users to load a designated amount on the card for repeated swiping. The cards can also be used as payment for Metrobus and DC Circulator rides. For more information on the MetroRail and Metrobus click here.

DC Circulator:  The DC Circulator is incredibly affordable at just $1 per ride, and travels along six specific routes designed for easy-on, easy-off access at points of interest throughout the District.  Explore neighborhoods such as Adams Morgan, Dupont Circle, Georgetown, Woodley Park, U Street and Capitol Hill with the Circulator. The bus offers a dedicated National Mall route for access to DC’s lineup of monuments and memorials. Schedules for every route are available, and buses run every 10 minutes.

Walking & Biking Around DC:  One of the best ways to experience Washington, DC is on foot. The city’s wide sidewalks travel past the National Mall, museums, theaters and splendid gardens in the city’s neighborhoods.

Bicycle riding is an alternative, Bike and Roll DC offers rentals from two locations in DC and has a wide variety of bikes to choose from, including kids' bikes and attachments. Learn more about rentals with Bike and Roll DC here. Additionally, Capital Bikeshare offers a 24 Hour Pass option when joining that allows you to access bicycles 24 hours a day. Learn more about Capital Bikeshare here.

Other Tours:  There are plenty of bus, trolley, Segway and boat tours to see Washington, DC. Big Bus Tour Washington DC is a British-style double decker open air bus popular with international families, as it offers tours in multiple languages and allows you to hop on and off at various locations.

Old Town Trolley Tours has different routes to choose from, including moonlight tours, to view the monuments and memorials when they are at their most beautiful. DC Ducks conducts tours in amphibious vehicles that travel by land and water.

If you love the outdoors, consider taking a pedicab tour with Adventure DC Tricycle Tours. Options include an excursion through the traditional landmarks and a Kid’s Adventure Tour. If you love the outdoors and biking, Bike and Roll offers abbreviated, manageable tours via bicycle. Ask about their tandem bikes, trailers, baby seats and child-sized bikes.

Tours by Foot

Enjoy a guided walking tour with DC by Foot's tour guides, experiencing tours of the National Mall, Capitol Hill, Georgetown, Arlington Cemetery, as well as night-time themed tours like Secrets & Scandals and a White House Ghost Tour.

Fiat Luxe Tours offers private guides who speak multiple languages that will work with you to customize the route and sights. DC by Foot and DC Insider Tours offers themed and personalized museum tours and DC Design Tours offers walking tours with a focus on architecture, urban planning and design.

Tours for Foodies

Those who love to eat will enjoy one of the delicious food tours operating in the DC area. DC Metro Food Tours explores several neighborhoods known for their parade of noteworthy restaurants. If you love Italian food, try Mangia Food Tours, which focuses on Italian cuisine. Or try a curated food tour with Carpe DC Food Tours and try local dishes in iconic DC eateries.

Things to do in Washington, DC

  • Experience the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, the powerful living memorial to the Holocaust on the National Mall.
  • View outstanding collections of art at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the National Gallery of Art.
  • The National Museum of Natural History, the most visited natural history museum in the world, boasts a rotating collection of items including dinosaur bones, the Hope Diamond, ancient Egyptian mummies and Henry the Elephant installation, a 14-foot tall African bush elephant.
  • Fly High at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum.
  • Go wild at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo, one of the most popular (and free) zoological parks right here in the nation's capital.
  • Take a photo with Einstein, at the Albert Einstein Memorial, located outside of the National Academy of Sciences’ building.
  • DC’s many street murals are everywhere you look in the District. Spot renditions of silver screen stars Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor to abstract, museum-commissioned works, restaurant-themed facades and lots more. Check out where to find the most colorful street murals.
  • Experience the Lincoln Memorial, the National Mall’s most popular attractions, which honors the 16th president of the United States.
  • Stroll through the latest decorations on Palmer Alley, the highlight of CityCenterDC, a majestic walk decorated with different seasonal features throughout the year. 

Best Views of the DC Skyline

Washington, DC offers some iconic cityscapes with marble landmarks and sweeping National Mall vistas. You can get a bird’s-eye view of the DC skyline at these high-above-the-city hot spots.


‒ Information Subject to Change. Information is believed to be accurate
but not verified.  Please confirm tour information. ‒

Saturday Closing Banquet

Saturday, September 7 

We invite you to join your friends and colleagues on Saturday evening (September 7) for our gala banquet to mark the conclusion of another successful International Congress. The event will be held in a beautiful ballroom at the historic Capital Hilton and will include a spectacular buffet dinner and musical entertainment.

$95.00/person (includes one drink ticket).

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