National Geographic Museum, Washington DC

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Natural History 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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  • We visited as part of the GO DC City Pass and I wasn't really impressed with this exhibits. I liked the sharks' photos, but the explorer's one at least had a little more interesting information. I'm n...  more »
  • Some reviews note the museum is small. It is. But that's what we wanted, and then it delivered a nice experience. Exhibits have enough details so you learn something, but they do not overwhelm you wit...  more »
  • For the museum -look up what the National Geographic is showing - they sometimes have amazing displays of the Chinese warriors, the Greeks, etc. But the cafeteria is always great - like a food court, ...  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.
  • 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.
  • Small museum, but very well curated and designed exhibitions. My expectations for a show of Instagram photos was admittedly low going in, but they've created an incredibly inventive and engaging experience. Both shows are highly interactive, with multiple levels of engagement. Good for kids. Price is a little high for a 2 gallery museum (hence loss of one star), but I didn't feel like it was a rip.
  • 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.