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National Geographic Museum

Address: 1145 17th Street NW, Washington DC, DC 20036 (Dupont Circle)
Phone Number: 202-857 -7588
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Ranked #88 of 234 Attractions in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Natural History Museums, Museums
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Type: Natural History Museums, Museums
Hours:
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Managua, Nicaragua
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86 reviews 86 reviews
18 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014 NEW

Every time I go to Washington for business, the NGS museum is one of the places I always visit. The food exhibition was extremely interesting and educative for all ages, the messages are clearly transmitted through visual displays in a colorful and graphical way. The time passed fast and the two hours we planned to stay were not enough. After... More 

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Manalapan, New Jersey
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6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

Good exhibition; lots to see and do there. The cafeteria was great; healthy fresh food available. Personnel were great too.

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Albany NY
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30 reviews 30 reviews
9 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

this was disappointing mostly because I was expecting a much larger exhibition hall. The kids (both 5) really enjoyed the dinosaur exhibit but were bored by the food and Mars exhibits. It was nice but nowhere near as expansive as the Smithsonian halls. There was also a modest admission fee, I don't know what for.

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Madison, WI
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17 reviews 17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

We subscribe to National Geographic and this museum is little a walk-in version of the magazine we like so much! There are only a few exhibits which is a nice change from the huge Smithsonian museums. You can finish it in 2 hours (1 if you don't read all the text). Lots of interactive displays so good for kids too.... More 

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Washington DC
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195 reviews 195 reviews
38 attraction reviews
139 helpful votes 139 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Having recently toured the Smithsonian's Museum of Natural History, my visit here felt like a snapshot version of that museum, especially since National Geographic helps sponsor a couple exhibits there. . As a NG magazine subscriber, the two main exhibits felt very familiar as they have been covered extensively in recent issues. The exhibits here are well thought out and... More 

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Marathon, Florida
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35 reviews 35 reviews
13 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

Our first time to visit and was a little disappointed as we thought it would have been bigger. Loved what we did see but wish there would have been more.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

Interesting and very informative exhibits! I had a chance to go on a guided tour due to an event in 2008 ... interesting museum ... but not a must visit.

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Germantown, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

Current exhibits are Food and Spinosaurus (dinosaur). Whole Foods offers a BOGO discount on the cash register receipt - use it if you can. Food tasting in addition to the exhibit and the give you the recipes-win! Spinosaurus exhibit is a good balance between science, history, and video presentations. Both are appropriate for visitors of all ages. Lots of fun... More 

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Alexandria, Virginia
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34 reviews 34 reviews
11 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

A few helpful tips that might help you when planning to visit: - it is with in walking distance (2 blocks) of the Metro: blue and red line. - it has two cafes: one small grab & go type and another sit down. The quality of the food at the sit down cafeteria was surprisingly good and inexpensive compared to... More 

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Wisconsin, USA
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91 reviews 91 reviews
25 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

We were looking for something close to our hotel so we went here. Admission was $9 for adults. There were only 4 exhibits to see, 2 of them barely took anytime. There are the photographs exhibited in the order of the color wheel which are viewed from the outside perimeter of the building and the Mars Landing display in a... More 

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