National Geographic Museum, Washington DC

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Natural History Museum Museum
For a chance to travel around the world without ever leaving Washington, D.C., visit National Geographic Museum, featuring exhibits chosen from the famed society's vast collection of photographs documenting expeditions to the farthest corners of the planet and beyond. The National Geographic society offers a year-round program of concerts, lectures, and films. You'll get a peek at rotating exhibits focused on the work of renowned scientists, explorers, and photographers. You'll also find a 3-D movie theater here, which screens science-focused films geared toward families with children. The on-site gift shop offers educational toys, games, books, and electronic gadgets. Purchase your tickets online or at the museum's ticket booth. Use our Washington DC trip itinerary maker to arrange your visit to National Geographic Museum and other attractions in Washington DC.
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  • How come it costs $0 to visit the greats of Smithsonian and $23 to visit 3 small rooms of tat at the National Geographic museum? I doesn't even educate, it could be much more and more inspiring to our...  more »
  • Absurd charge by entering this site, nothing new nothing that is not in the channel I do not recommend.
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  • We live in dc so have been often. Nat Geo is now an always fee museum with rotating exhibits. This time very interesting shark exhibit on one side and a multi-site interactive exhibit on the other sid...  more »
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  • The exhibit was just fantastic. The entire place is well organized. The only place is that it has an entry fee. If you look up the exhibits online before the date you and find something interesting I would definitely recommend going there for a short day trip.
  • 2 large rooms. One with beautiful large photo prints all over (but nothing you couldn't see online), and the other large room with a more interactive setup, which is pretty cool, but I wouldn't say it's worth the money overall... for our kids at least.
  • Over priced! Very small museum. Only one floor with 3 small exhibits which are geared towards children, although descriptions and facts were not "child-friendly", using adult terms and definitions. My family completed the entire museum in one hour which cost close to $50 for admission. Dont waste your time or money! Highly disappointed!!
  • Excellent, thoughtfully curated exhibits. Always a must see when we visit DC. If you're the type to mindlessly wonder through museums, don't waste your time or money. If you can spend hours lost in paintings and reading about their histories in the National Portrait Gallery, then this is well worth it.
  • Nice place though not as large of an exhibit area as we'd have thought. what was there was well done and engaging and it was not crowded which was nice for engaging with the things that were engageable. Admission fee--different than the Smithsonian freebies.

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