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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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Small exhibit but lots of video information available throughout. Monster fish exhibit featured exhibits that gave you a good idea as to size and information was very educational... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 17, 2015
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Timmins, Ontario, Canada
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Timmins, Ontario, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

Small exhibit but lots of video information available throughout. Monster fish exhibit featured exhibits that gave you a good idea as to size and information was very educational. The Spinosaurus display was small but still very interesting. Not quite what I expected, smaller and less visual than I thought it might have been.

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 NEW

Conveniently located especially if you enjoy walking. This is a small museum. The themes when we attended were dinosaurs and monster fish. It is oriented to children but quite educational for any age. Admission is about $9.00. It is a walking distance to the White House and a bit further to the Mall.

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Silver Springs, New York
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

You would figure that National Geographic, one of the leading publishing magazines of our planet would have at the very least, a section of their museum dedicated to the photographs of their historic publication. Not so, they have a wall of cover photos that is very cramped, and hard to view all of them. I was disappointed to see a... More 

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Oslo
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

The two exhibitions on when I visited, Monsterfish and Spinosauraus were kindof interesting. Monsterfish just seemed like space filler, although Spinosauraus did capture the attention with its content. With all the other museums available in DC, I wouldn't put this one high on your priority list. Definitely check in advance the current exhibitions and only go if interested.

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Buffalo Grove, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

We visited with our 11 and 13 year old. Two major exhibits - river monsters and paleontology. We also saw the 3d movie and the photo exhibit from phot camp. Would recommend going online prior to your visit. They offer guest lectures that may be of interest to you. Great souvenir store.

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Arlington, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

This place is not huge like most of the Smithsonians. Current exhibits are Monster Fish and Spinosaurus. Monster Fish has a number of interactive stations, which children seemed to be enjoying. You may feel some of the life size fish sculptures. Younger kids were climbing on one of them. A few are not for touching. Short videos along the way... More 

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Jacksonville, FL
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

This museum is nothing like we thought it was going to be. If you are a senior citizen or student, the ticket price is $9, normal price is $11. They change exhibits every so often, the exhibit we seen was Spinosaurus, Lost Giant of the Cretaceous. We thought this exhibit was in addition to the museum, but no, it IS... More 

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Monterrey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

My kids loved this hotel and they are teenagers. Museum is full of explanation and exhibitions. Everything is visual and children really like it. There was a picture, food and dinosaur exhibition. I enjoyed every one.

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Ketchikan, Alaska
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

What can I say? Geography. It is my favorite pastime and subject. Nothing like it. You should go and educate yourself.

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New York City, New York
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015 via mobile

My friend and I bought a voucher on Goldstar for the "Food" exhibit because we thought we would learn about what various cultures eat. Let's just say we completed the whole museum in about 30-min including the dinosaur and photocamp display. Thankfully, we did not pay much for the tickets.

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