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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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Terrific PhotoArk exhibit!

This is a fairly small museum, but you can easily spend an hour or two enjoying their current PhotoArk exhibit, with it's amazing photos of endangered animals. Truly outstanding... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Bob T
Boston, Massachusetts

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is a fairly small museum, but you can easily spend an hour or two enjoying their current PhotoArk exhibit, with it's amazing photos of endangered animals. Truly outstanding photography. The museum isn't free like Smithsonian museums but we felt it is well worth the charged admission.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We just happened upon the National Geographic Museum while wandering through Georgetown. The Joel Sartore Photo Ark and Indiana Jones exhibits were fabulous. The museum is modern and not too big, perfect in size as our time was limited. Would highly recommend!

Thank MarySacramento
Punta Allen, Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Unless you have a particular affinity to Indiana Jones, the current exhibit is not very intriguing. The other exhibit of photos of rare animals is nothing you can not spot online easily. TIP: Only attend if the current exhibits are of specific interest to you. We felt fees were too high for this museum.

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Birmingham, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Expected more from the National Geographic with its history and travel throughout the world. The main exhibit was about archeology with film clips from the Indiana Jones movies. Ok for kids but not adults. After that a few dozen pictures from over the years, located outside and in another building. Really that's all you can do?? Disappointing. Fee for entrance.

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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I visited this museum about a week ago. Side note, this is a few days before the merger with 21st Century Fox, so I really don't know if how the museum will be impacted. When I think about National Geographic, I think about the beautiful photographs. Because I love polar bears and penguins, I really enjoyed their collection on the... More 

Thank Amy W
Santa Cruz, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

When I visited, they had an exhibit on River Monsters and an Indiana Jones Archaeology Exhibit. The first I went through quickly because I follow it online, and the other I spent a long time in. They give you an ipad and headphones, and you tour yourself through. It was a fascinating tour, well tied with the Indiana Jones history,... More 

Thank Jason K
Brooklyn, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The exhibit when I was there was Indiana Jones and the Adventure of Archaeology.....very interesting and fun. There is a free audio guide if you choose to use one. Admission is for members or seniors or regular.

Thank skeeternewyork
Fort Myers, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I enjoyed the headsets so that you could go at your own speed. However the time that I went it was extremely crowded which was not enjoyable.

Thank 646joy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015

Thought I'd go check out the Indiana Jones exhibition...then saw the 3-D Jerusalem and opted for that instead. An outstanding 45 movie that was thought provoking and extremely interesting. Not to be missed. Such a sad ending though.

Thank John M
San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

There were two attractions going on at the museum when we visited. The first was the Monster Fish and the other was the Indiana Jones display completely interactive with an iPad type device and earphones. You can take your time and take in as much of the exhibits as you would like. Both exhibits were excellent. Admission is $15.00. There... More 

Thank Susan M

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