National Geographic Museum

Washington, DC

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Address: 1145 17th St NW, Washington, DC 20036, USA Number: 202.857.7588 Website Contact How do we get there?

What is there to do?

You've all heard of National Geographic, so why not visit the National Geographic Museum in Washington DC?

The exhibitions at this iconic museum showcase bold people and transformative ideas and where past and current expeditions, scientific research and adventures come to life!

Throughout the museum you'll find a range of permanent and changing exhibits, plus a host of interactive displays that reflect the richness and diversity of our planet.

You can learn all about how National Geographic got started, and hear from scientists and adventurers about where they have been, and how much further they plan to go. You can even see historic artifacts like the camera Robert Peary used at the North Pole, and post recovered from a shipwreck, as well as stories discovered at Titanic!

This is where exploration started!

The changing exhibits cover a range of fascinating topics - one month you might be learning the secrets of Ancient Egypt, and the next you might be traversing the Galapagos Islands, seeing the wildlife!

The National Geographic Museum also host a number of events, which take you all around the world (without having to leave DC!) These need to be booked, but can see you exploring volcanoes, learning about ocean life through a VR experience, or hearing stories of African wildlife, and the dangers confronting them.

It's a day of fascinating, wonder, exploration and discovery for the whole family in Washington DC, and with National Geographic, they always make you feel like you are there with them on the adventure, so let's go!

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How much does it cost?



$15 / $7 for 3D movie



$10 (Ages 5 to 12), $12 students / $7 for 3D movie



$12 for seniors & military


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4 years


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Additional Information

Your general admission ticket to the museum allows access to all exhibitions currently on view. Live event tickets do not include entry to the museum unless stated.

Any top tips?


You book a specific visiting time when you book your tickets

I'm Hungry!


Grab something to eat in the area before or after your visit - there are some great food trucks in DC!

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Where is it at?


National Geographic headquarters is located at 17th and M Streets, NW. The museum and store entrance is at 1145 17th Street; the Grosvenor Auditorium entrance is at 1600 M Street NW.

Teachers corner


Designed to educate people about our world, the museum provides a unique perspective from renowned explorers, photographers, and scientists who support our mission to inspire people to care about the planet. Great for students of all ages!

Can I get one of those?


The National Geographic Store is well worth a visit, with merchandise, gifts and souvenirs relating to the brand and exhibits, from posters, to books, apparel, jewelry and more!

Need a little extra help?


A wheelchair ramp is located on the M Street side of the museum’s main building. Automatic doors are on the 17th Street side. Wheelchairs are available at the ticket desk on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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Baby Facilities

Strollers are not permitted in the exhibitions; limited storage is available should you need bring strollers with you to the museum.

When can we go?

10am - 6pm Monday to Saturday

Open year round but closed Sundays, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

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