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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  • October 3, 2017
    Granted 1/3 of the museum was closed to prepare for a new exhibit, but what was there was not worth paying for, The big shark exhibit was mostly pictures with captions that looked like they were from ...  more »
  • October 2, 2017
    The web site says it is open, but it is not. The is a 60 ft hallway of some featured magazines, but mostly bios of the photographers. What a wasted trip and parking. The fellow at reception sputtered ...  more »
  • October 1, 2017
    This place was a total waste of money. We paid $45 for 3 adults, and 1 child under 3, and this place should have been $5 a person. The shark exhibit was a photo art exhibit, but cool. The second exhib...  more »
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  • May 23, 2017
    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.
  • June 11, 2017
    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.
  • July 3, 2017
    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!!
  • April 24, 2017
    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.
  • June 8, 2017
    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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