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National Geographic Museum

1145 17th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20036-4707
+1 202-857-7588
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1145 17th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20036-4707
Dupont Circle
+1 202-857-7588
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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 not sure if these exhibits were geared more for...More

Thank Tania M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

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 with data. If you want a more comprehensive experience, then...More

Thank Daniel B
Reviewed 22 May 2017

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, but with quality local sourced food, much of which is...More

Thank memclean
Reviewed 20 May 2017 via mobile

Don't want to waste more time than it's worth, the title says it all. Even with free admission it's hard to justify spending the time here....

1  Thank GatorBM
Reviewed 10 May 2017

I was thinking that National Geographic is awesome, so surely they had a really great museum. Unfortunately we hit it at a bad time. Apparently one of the exhibits was being redone, and they totally warned us that we would just get the other side...More

1  Thank thereKarengoes
Reviewed 8 May 2017 via mobile

Very small exhibition. They only had one exhibit open to the public, which was one room. Not worth your time. It's ok if you want to donate 15$ to The National Geografic, but not worth your time. You can get a lot more info on...More

Thank Gemmafornos
Reviewed 30 April 2017 via mobile

I hadn't been to this museum since 1992, so I didn't know what to expect. Essentially, you will find two galleries: one for their top-notch photography, and an interactive explorers gallery oriented towards children and young people. They're both well done, if you're into those...More

Thank Frederick G
Reviewed 29 April 2017

My husband and I stopped here because it was near our hotel. It turned out to be a great stop! The entrance fee is a bit steep, but the exhibits are all interactive and fun. We enjoyed it but it would be a really great...More

1  Thank Kathy D
Reviewed 25 April 2017

Didn't plan to go here but we came across it while walking round Washington. It's chock-full of fabulous photos - not surprisingly. It's great to see so many of National Geographic's stunning photos on a large scale. well worth a visit.

Thank Chrisco186225
Reviewed 12 April 2017

The Nat Geo Museum is fun and educational for the kids - with a 7 year old total time was about 90 mins before they got stale. Essentially 2 rooms, lots of interactive exhibits. There is a discount if you or your children subscribe to...More

Thank ado376
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Alison T
Is it necessary to purchase timed tickets in advance for this Saturday? Will two people have difficulty walking in at 10 AM?
8 September 2016|
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Response from Sandra W | Reviewed this property |
It's not necessary, but it's advisable.
I used the Metro I don't drive, the subway(I forgot DC they call it Metro) is easy peasy to use. they have a refillable card you can put any amount of money I put 20.00 and i got everywhere fine. Parking is expensive and a nightmare.leave car at hotel. walk and take the Metro.
22 July 2015|
Response from Shawn F | Reviewed this property |
You will have a difficult time parking (there's none on site, as it's situated in a busy downtown area & not some suburban campus with ample space for parking). You're better much off walking from your hotel or taking a... More
The website says no coat check for bags. Is there somewhere else nearby where I can get a locker or check a bag?
21 July 2015|
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Response from Shawn F | Reviewed this property |
I brought a Jansport backpack with me & didn't have any issues, save for how crowded the place is, especially now during the AMAZING Indiana Jones exhibition. If you luck out & manage to go when it's an off-peak time, maybe... More