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National Geographic Museum

Neighbourhood: Dupont Circle
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Address: 1145 17th Street NW, Washington DC, DC 20036
Phone Number: +1 202-857-7588
10:00 - 18:00
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For adventure traveller who wants to add an element of photography in his travel. A good souvenir shop and auditorium often showing informative short films. Maps which are one of... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 9 October 2016
Islamabad Capital Territory, Pakistan
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Weston, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I really enjoyed the NatGeo Instagram exhibition. I only paid $12 for entry because I subscribe to National Geographic History magazine. You get a $3 discount when you're a subscriber. The photos were phenomenal! Very diverse subjects. Another exhibit was FotoWeek Central exhibition (again fantastic photos!) and then a little exhibition on the drought in California. Another reviewer found it... More 

Thank Pomerols
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Visited on a quiet Sunday afternoon and found the photos, exhibits and equipment to be of exceptional quality. Excited to see the Panda experience but unfortunately advised that they had finished for the day. This made for a rather short visit to the museum.

Thank Terence P
Jacksonville, Florida
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I was super excited to see this museum until I got there. I was expecting to see NG's most famous images, artifacts from expeditions, and exhibits telling the history of the magazine and their photographers. Instead, all they had were a few exhibits using lesser known images. The exhibit on California's drought that was a total bore. Come on NG... More 

Thank piranhapirate
Clermont, Florida
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

All the Galleries were being refreshed except the Gift shop. This was some persons poor planning. The sad state of a museum is when there is nothing to see.

Thank rogersober
Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was looking forward to seeing a National Geographic Museum. I've been a fan for decades, having had a subscription on and off for many years. I've attended National Geographic Live shows. The stories and images at their disposal must be so extensive, I thought, that its museum curators must be challenged to decide what content to show at a... More 

2 Thank DanWeaver
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016 via mobile

No signs of closing. Exhibits are being redone. Ask guard at 17th st enter ace how to get in museum. She sent us across court yard. Ticket window closed with sign saying go to 17th st for tickets. Asked guard when found out closed. Really disappointed:-(

Thank CalvertHiker
Brevard, North Carolina
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

I went today, having heard great things about this place. Both main exhibit halls closed for another month per ticket gal. I was crestfallen. She said that they closed October 10th for changeover of exhibits. This means changeover takes 5 weeks. So, my advice: call ahead.

2 Thank dooleyandfreddie
Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

The exhibit on the Wildlife migration through Yellowstone National Park was very informative! Unfortunately I missed the Greece exhibit by a couple of days. That was very disappointing. Wish they had other exhibits available because the Wildlife one was the only one available to see and it was a little sparse. The photos were of course amazing. Nice gift shop... More 

1 Thank Tennismum916
Islamabad Capital Territory, Pakistan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

For adventure traveller who wants to add an element of photography in his travel. A good souvenir shop and auditorium often showing informative short films. Maps which are one of the most detailed and informative can be found here to purchase. 2-3hrs are good enough to get the feel of the visit.

Thank AdnanKakazai
Annapolis, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016

Having studied Greek philosophy and literature in college, it was really moving to see that culture come alive in the current exhibit. There were lots of amazing artifacts, from Cycladic figurines to Athenian juror ballots and theatrical masks. It was the perfect size, not too big or too small, so you could really take your time going through. It also... More 

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