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National Geographic Museum

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Address: 1145 17th Street NW, Washington DC, DC 20036
Phone Number: 202-857 -7588
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Photo Ark

This was worth it entirely for the Photo Ark exhibit. This is an exhibit of hundreds (thousands?) of photographs taken of animals in a portrait-style setting. You really get to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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Matthews, North Carolina
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67 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I enjoyed the exhibits - 'crocs' and 'photo ark' but it is $15 for an adult compared to many great free museums... It is definitely a quality institution but first check if the exhibits are of interest to you.

Thank GretaMatthews
Brooklyn, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I've been there twice, most recently in July of 2015. The first time I saw a few hundred covers of the National Geographic Magazine. It was really exciting. It also showed the photography, the photographers, how they take difficult to take photographs and the history of how National Geographic Magazine has emanated to what it is today. The second time,... More 

Thank estherp618
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Entering the exposition expecting to see thousands of pictures, it would be more like a few hundreds... The wait to get into the Indiana Jones exposition was way too long. People enter and stay at the enterance. I f you can squeeze yourself past them, you will save a lot of witing time. Basically, memoribilia and shorth cuts from all... More 

Thank YUL_65
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Blown us away. The tour is quite long but very much so enjoyable. The staff were very helpful. Waiting can be long to get in recommended to buy your tickets online. A must see!

1 Thank Jennifer G
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was worth it entirely for the Photo Ark exhibit. This is an exhibit of hundreds (thousands?) of photographs taken of animals in a portrait-style setting. You really get to look the animals - some of whom belong to now-extinct species - right in the eyes in these pictures. It's a very moving experience. It's also hands-on in that you... More 

1 Thank laur3nb
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The reduce price is $12 for students. However, there were not very many exhibitions. (They did offer another free visit because of the ongoing construction but I was not a DC local.) I don't think I've seen enough.

Thank Jeremy S
Toronto, Canada
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102 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We dropped by this museum during the Indiana Jones exhibit. So much fun to see the outfits and props used in this fantastic set of films. Makes you realize how much thought and creativity was used to develop these fun films. Nice job!

1 Thank HMah
Manassas, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016

Got tickets for the last day of the Indiana Jones and the Adventure of Archaeology exhibit at the National Geographic Museum in Washington, DC. Tickets were timed for entry into the exhibit for 2:00pm. What this meant was we didn't actually get into the exhibit until around 2:30pm. As it was the last day of the exhibit, it was crowded.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

Went to the museum to see the Indiana Jones archaeology exhibit. Was disappointed to find no available tickets were available for the day. The undersea photography exhibit was a great alternative. These pictures from many Geographic Expeditions covered many areas around the world in the project to document and save the worlds oceans. We thoroughly enjoyed the exhibit.

1 Thank 3Eagles
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

This is a special exhibit getting ready to close soon. No loss. Not up to their usual incredible standard. Part of the problem is the tablets visitors are provided with with numbered spots to tap in to get the information. The spots are too long with lots of extras music and info and so close together, everyone gets bunched together... More 

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