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National Geographic Museum

1145 17th Street NW, Washington DC, DC 20036 (Connecticut Ave/ K Street)
202-857 -7588
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Ranked #72 of 241 attractions in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Natural History Museums
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poole, uk
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92 reviews 92 reviews
22 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

We visited this museum having done all the Smithsonians in the days prior, mostly as we wanted to head away from the overcrowded mall on cherry blossom parade day and our hotel was quite close. We took our 2 kids aged 11 and 9 and they both enjoyed it. It was small enough for them not to get too bored,... More

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San Francisco, California
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97 reviews 97 reviews
26 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

I'll fess up- I'm a professional photographer so I'm a bit biased. I clearly have a natural inclination to this sort of place/museum. I came specifically to see the "Women of Vision" special exhibit. It did not disappoint. I was in DC for two weeks, went to at least a dozen museums, and this was hand's down the winner. It... More

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Statesville, North Carolina
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

Museum not worth the price- if you go , catch the film and skip the rest. Better yet, walk a few blocks and see the Phillip's Collection at 21st and Q Street.

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Orlando, Florida
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

We were limited on our time - 2 hours - so this museum fit the bill. Growing up, I enjoyed the magazines and the TV show, so this was a nostalgic museum trip for me.The entrance with all the magazines on display was stunning. The exhibits were rather dated and one hall as closed, this disappointed us. Initially, I loved... More

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Toronto, Canada
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

Great museum. It is not a Smithsonian, so there is a fee to get in, but well worth it. Great history of the magazine; interactive displays, movies. A lot of current displays were featuring photojournalists from the current Live! series. Love it.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

This is a cool place but costs too much. $44 for a family of 3 that took 75 minutes including a 28 minute movie.

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Montreal
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

For three of us (two adults, one 13 year old: $33.00) Women of Vision exhibit was on, with striking images from a selection of female photographers. Then on to the main part of the museum, with a powerful entrance of walls containing every National Geographic magazine cover on record. Worth the price of entry. I cannot say that there were... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

If you love photographic or just a fan of the National Geographic, this is an excellent use of your time. The photo journalist, archeologist finds, land exploration and the Cosmos are amazing, It is celebrating 125 years!!

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Worcester, Massachusetts
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62 reviews 62 reviews
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

I've had the opportunity three out of the last four years to attend photography workshops sponsored by National Geographic Traveler held at the National Geographic Headquarters in Washington, DC. Each time I have been here for training, I have enjoyed the exhibits in the museum. Nice to see if you are in the area, but can get a little crowded... More

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London, Ontario, Canada
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

For my two daughters (10 and 11) and myself with a military discount, we paid $23 for admission. The main attraction was an exhibit of great photos from female National Geographic photographers over the years. The photos were fantastic and covered the best work at least 7-9 different photographers with about 12-15 shots for each photographer. Then there was the... More

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