National Geographic Museum, Washington DC

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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. Before you head to Washington DC, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Washington DC day trip app , to make sure you see all that Washington DC has to offer, including National Geographic Museum.
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  • We specifically went to see the exhibit of the Tomb of Christ. When it started I thought I was going to be disappointed but when it continued it was fantastic. It is a 3-D movie but with an effect tha...  more »
  • We visited "Wild," the wildlife photography of Michael Nichols, and "The Tomb of Christ." Both are very different exhibits, but each special in its own way. The "Tomb" was well done and really allowed...  more »
  • There were two main exhibits on New Years Day - Tomb of Christ and Wild. Be sure to see the 40 minutes Tour of Jerusalem film before seeing the Tomb exhibition. It will help you understand the Church ...  more »
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  • It was my first time going to the Nat Geo Museum and am so happy I did. I visited the Wild exhibit and the Holy Sepulchre exhibit. Both exhibits were beautifully done. The technology used to take you through the Sepulchre was awe inspiring and the experience is still being reveled by the group I toured with. The Wild exhibit is one not to miss if you have an interest in nature photography and anthropological study.
  • Reviews for this museum are mixed, and rightfully so, as it totally depends on the exhibits that are there. Right now, the Tomb of Christ exhibit is there and it's fantastic - worth the $15 fee (less, if you are a child, student, senior, or military). if you can go to one of the early showings, you won't have to wait in line for the final piece of this exhibit, which is a virtual reality tour of the tomb (there are 7 or 8 identical stations for this, but when there are 30 people on each tour, the line at the stations can build up quickly). But even if you skip this piece, it's still very cool. All that said, there is one room where you wear 3D glass and remain standing. There is bench seating int he back for perhaps 6 people total (and your view would be blocked by people standing in front of you). Anyway, the show in that room really challenges your balance and there are no handrails.
  • The Tomb of Christ exhibit is a must see. Amazing detail captured in the main portion of the exhibit, and then the virtual reality section at the end lets you actually walk into the tomb. Other cool things to see as well, including a picture exhibition from Nick Nichols.
  • The Tomb of Christ exhibit blew me away. I think it is even better than going to the real place. No crowds, guided access, 3D experience. Amazing.
  • A little disappointing. The exhibits were all very good, the presentation of Jesus' Tomb was very interesting and the 3D really well done, even if you are not religious it's factually interesting as history of the area, and the effect is dizzying. It's not clear that there is a second building, but the exhibit is really small. Overall, there just isn't much to see, and an hour is probably sufficient unless you like to read every single wall plaque end to end. A third or fourth exhibit would make this a much more interesting stop. But again, the quality of what is there is very good.

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