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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 #70 of 252 attractions in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Natural History Museums
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

Reasonably priced when you consider most museums in the city are free, the National Geographic museum is pretty informative but don't expect to spend too much time here. The Inca Gold exhibit was impressive, with a decent amount of artifacts and information but the thing I liked most about the museum was the exhibit about the history of the company.... More

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

What they have is excellent. Very underrated place to go with really nice things to see. Not a very busy place which can be good as you feel you have more time to see things. I was quite surprised when I came to the end as there isn't near as much as other hotels in DC but absolutely still worth... More

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Washington DC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

I've been going to NatGeo Live! events for years and am shocked it's not listed as one of DC's very best attractions on TA! And it's a perfect fit, because if you are an adventurer, you can't go wrong with a visit to an event at Grosvenor Auditorium. From exhibitions by some of the world's best culture/nature/wildlife photographers, to stories... More

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opelika alabama
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Traveling with teenage granddaughter wasn't sure about the museum but it did not disappoint as she found the exhibit of Inca gold surprisingly interesting. She also was able to find among the National Geographic magazines, displayed as a wall, her date of birth magazine.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

The National Geographic Museum has the Peruvian Gold Exhibition right now! Very interesting. Make sure you do take the an escorted tour, it helps/explains a lot. Then, tour the rest of the small museum (compared to other museums) to learn more about National Geographic: its history, discoveries, and accomplishments. The gift shop is very nice also.

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Powhatan, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

We visited this museum on our recent visit to DC, it was a decent museum,however, there are plenty of exciting museums in DC for free. The exhibits were very interesting no doubt.

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Columbia, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

We went to the national geographic museum to see the Peruvian gold exhibit. It was AMAZING!. The name is a little misleading because there are textiles and lots of ceramics. The exhibit deals with pre-Inca Peruvian cultures dating back as far as 1000BC. The most amazing thing to me (other than the glint of all that gold) was the beauty... More

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Elk Grove, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Off the beaten path but a very nice display. We saw the special presentation of Peruvian gold as well as a nice permanent display focusing on the stories, photos and photographers from the Societies history. Worth the time.

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Kalamazoo, Michigan
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5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

I was at National Geographic for a small conference and to give input on the status of Geographic Education in America, but while there we were allowed to walk through the museum. I collect NG Magazines, so the wall of magazine covers was totally awesome. It was fun to see what the cover was when you were born.

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Canberra, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Saw the Peruvian displays too and totally enjoyed it all. This is slightly off the beaten path so it wasn't crowded or noisy. A welcome change from most DC institutions. The photo displays are wonderful. Take an hour or so to wander through and you shouldn't be disappointed.

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