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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 #73 of 249 attractions in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Natural History Museums
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Elk Grove, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

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
13 reviews 13 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

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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6 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

one of the smallest museums i've ever been to. we got tickets for the museum, subscribers to any of their magazines get a small discount- members price. all you have to do is say yes i subscribe; even then- kind of high for not a whole lot. BUT- it is national geographic. i love national geographic. if the entrance price... More

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Bristol, CT
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25 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

We walked from The Mall in Dc to the National Geographic Museum, pushing my Mom in her wheel chair and it was worth it! The Inca Gold half of the museum was a new display. Fabulous. The other side was a walk through memory lane for us as it featured video clips, photos, etc from National Geographic shows and magazines... More

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

Good reading with the magazine, good viewing with the museum. Shop very attractive. It's impossible do not return, an obligatory stop when at DC.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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25 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

Having been to many of the great, free government museums, I stumbled onto this museum while walking around the city. It has many interesting exhibits and a great book collection in the gift shop. If you enjoy the magazine, you'll enjoy the museum.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

My two daughters and I went to the museum over memorial weekend on a Sunday. The museum starts with a cover of all the national geographic magazine covers....very cool. There are actual items from your favorite episodes on the national geographic TV shows. The photography is truly amazing quintessential national geographic. There are many interactive exhibits so the kids were... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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24 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

I love the National Geographic museum - it's one of my favorites in DC. The photos and behind-the-scenes stories on how the photos were captured are incredibly intriguing. I went during the stunning New Age of Exploration exhibit. If you are into photography, this is a must-see!

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San Antonio, Texas, United States
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19 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

The National Geographic museum is a great place to spend time if you have always enjoyed those distinctive yellow-bordered magazines and the phenomenal photographs and intriguing stories from all around the world. Make the effort to find this great museum.

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