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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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Always something new to see

This is a hard place to review because it always has something different. I have seen numerous exhibits here and skipped many as well. Check to see the current exhibits because... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 28, 2015
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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49 reviews 49 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

This is a hard place to review because it always has something different. I have seen numerous exhibits here and skipped many as well. Check to see the current exhibits because with the varying types they bring you might not enjoy everything. If you didn't like what you saw, don't write off the museum, check back in a couple months... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

This is a pretty good museum, but be aware it's not free like so many of the others in DC. They always have very interesting, one of a kind exhibits, however, so it may be worth your while.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

I admit, I went for Indiana Jones. Is that a bad thing? It seemed like an extraordinary opportunity – a look at the classic adventure films starring Harrison Ford as everyone’s favorite whip-wielding archaeologist, with the real world inspirations behind their stories. You see props, costumes & concept art, coupled with clips & behind the scenes videos from each of... More 

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Albany, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

Leave it to Nat Geo to have a great museum! They do everything well. Loved the Indiana Jones and Archeology exhibit. A must for any fan of the movie or archeology buffs! The iPad experience brought so much information to the exhibit. Also enjoyed the Monsterfish exhibit. Well done with life-size fish figures and wonderful photos and videos. This museum... More 

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Stafford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

Although the monster fish exhibit was rather weak the Indiana Jones feature was an excellent explanation of the inspiration behind the entertaining films. This was an audio visual tour with film props. More seating would have been most welcome.

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Chicago, Illinois, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Awesome combination of Hollywood infused with real archaeology. There is a ton of great information about each Indy movie. And as you explore you're hit with actual archaeology information and artifacts. Very well done. Over 10,000 sq feet of fun. The admission includes an audio tour and tablet information.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

This is a well-laid out museum with several interesting, interactive exhibits. There were 3 things that stood out for me: the first was a learning experience centered around giant fish. There were plastic replicas of these huge fresh-water monsters, some that could be climbed on, there were films, including a biologist who explained his work hunting these fish down as... More 

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Columbia, South Carolina
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

This is the only review I'm leaving for DC that is bad. Don't waste you money, way too expensive and for nothing. We paid $9 each for 4 of us, spent 20 minutes and can't tell you a thing I saw. Just pictures on a wall, nice pictures but not $32 worth of nice.

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Brisbane, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Having visited Explorers Hall ten or so years ago, I was looking forward to a return visit having been a member for almost fifty years. Unfortunately I was bitterly disappointed with the exhibit on monster fish, maybe it was directed at kids but there was very little of real interest. Fortunately my ticket was free with a bus ticket or... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

A total waste of time and money. There's only one exhibit open and the museum should either be closed or open with no admission charge. National Geographic should be ashamed.

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