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National Geographic Museum in Washington, DC


National Geographic Museum
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The National Geographic Museum at Explorers Hall is a small high-tech exhibit hall located on the first floor of the National Geographic Society’s headquarters in Washington, DC. Temporary exhibits explore nature and human cultures of all over the world through spectacular photography and interactive displays. The National Geographic Museum appeals to all ages and takes about an hour to explore. Special exhibits and programs change often providing a different experience for every visit.

17th and M Sts. NW
Washington, DC
(202) 857-7588

The museum is located north of the White House and southeast of Dupont Circle. The closest Metro stations are Farragut North and Farragut West
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Open daily, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Closed December 25.


  • $11 - Adults
  • $9 - National Geographic members, military, students, seniors and groups of 25 or more
  • $7 - Children ages 5-12
  • Admission is free for local school, student and youth groups (18 and under; advance reservation required).

    Tickets may be purchased online, by phone at (202) 857-7700; or in person at the National Geographic ticket booth between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

    National Geographic Live!
    Films, lectures, concerts and family events are presented in the Grosvenor Auditorium, a 385-seat state-of-the-art theater. Events are led by explorers, scientists, photographers, and performing artists. For schedules and to purchase tickets, see www.nationalgeographic.com/nglive or call (202) 857-7700.

    National Geographic Gift Shop
    There’s a nice gift shop offering a variety of films, books, maps, magazines and educational games. You can also purchase gifts online.


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