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National Geographic Museum

Address: 1145 17th Street NW, Washington DC, DC 20036 (Dupont Circle)
Phone Number: 202-857 -7588
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Ranked #89 of 242 Attractions in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Natural History Museums, Museums
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Type: Natural History Museums, Museums
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Atlanta, Georgia
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

The global food exhibit is so well done. I loved the area where you could learn how to cook a particular dish using a flat horizontal screen. Very worthwhile.

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Malvern, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

We recently enjoyed a very interesting display on food. It ceratinly made one think about the cost of U.S. meat production and what this means to the planet. There was also a kitchen where a young woman was making delicious smoothies with spinach, bananas and mangos. The display offered much food for thought. The rest of the museum had a... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

We were lucky to see a traveling exhibit from NYC on food. One interactive display on preparation of 4 dishes was outstanding. The movies were in a table and hands demonstrated the items needed for tamales, soup, eggs, salmon. Other than that, the museum held the usual fare. I wouldn't return, but recommend others give it a try.

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Gaithersburg, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015 via mobile

This is a very manageable museum for a few hours of interesting, focused exhibits. I have gone twice in the past few months and have enjoyed both visits--one with adults and one with a child. It isn't too far away from a Metro station and restaurant options. The gift shop has improved so there are a few more choices than... More 

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Falls Church
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

We have visited this museum for several exhibits and are never disappointed. While there is an entrance fee, it is not exorbitant. I brought 5 kids and each one found interesting different things. The 10 year olds were able to read the farm to table exhibit which engaged them at a far different level than our ages 3-5 non-readers. Best... More 

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East Lansing, Michigan
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

To put it briefly, we were pretty disappointed by the National Geographic Museum in Washington DC, and would not recommend visiting it. My family and I went to Washington DC over the 2014-2015 New Year’s holiday. My wife had lived and worked in the DC area back in the late 1990’s. She told us how great the Nat Geo museum... More 

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Leavenworth, Kansas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

I think too many people go to this place after having just visited some of the Smithsonian Museums, and don't really realize what this smaller museum is about prior to visiting. Expectations can make or break your visit, so make sure you go into this place knowing that it's a smaller museum that has rotating exhibits that change every few... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

I have been a life long fan of the National Geographic Society what they stand for and the work that they do. I have been do DC a few times but never managed to make it over. I went this Christmas break and I loved it. They have two exhibits right now FOOD: Our Global Kitchen and Spinosaurus: Lost Dinosaur... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014 via mobile

We visited this museum after we ran out of time to visit others. While the exhibits were interesting, after enjoying National Geographic magazine for years, we expected more than two themed exhibits. The gift shop was as interesting as the museum! Sorry, but not up to standards for a pay to enter museum in Washington DC.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

By far the most unfriendly staff out of all the museums on DC. Very rude and everyone seemed like they were in a bad mood. There were only 2 exhibits and they were mostly just reading posters or looking at plastic models - there are very few interactive things. For $11 a ticket I was expecting more. Stick with the... More 

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