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“Anglo-Saxon Hoard Exhibit on til 3/05/12” 5 of 5 stars
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National Geographic Museum
1145 17th Street NW, Washington DC, DC 20036 (Dupont Circle)
202-857 -7588
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“Anglo-Saxon Hoard Exhibit on til 3/05/12”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2011

We caught the opening day of the Exhibit on 10/29. It is the largest collection of Anglo-Saxon gold ever found. Found by a metal detecting enthusiast in Staffordshire, England, the collection on display is the best of the 3,500 items found.

The National Geographic facility has several exhibits at any one time that are free. The special exhibits such as this charge a fee. This was $8.00 per adult. Very nice selection of items, many parts of swords, helmets, saddle parts etc. All solid gold, many with precious and semi precious stone inlays, cloisonne, and appliques.

The exhibit has hands on displays with state of the art touch screens. There is a movie, clothing of the period, short videos on the restoration of the pieces, etc. Interesting, and truly jaw dropping. Highly recommend. The free exhibits were outstanding too.

Visited October 2011
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“Outstanding exhibit!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2011

The National Geographic Museum is one of our top choices for an outing, especially when our school age kids have the day off from school. The exhibits are always outstanding (most recently we saw the Race to the End of the Earth) in the way the stories are told through words, photographs (of course!) and artifacts. It's just a very cool place and always a hit with the kids. On a nice day, it's great to hang out in the National Geographic Society's courtyard with giant rocks and fountain and pop into the main building for whatever photographic exhibition happens to be there that day. (The main building photo exhibit is free.) We love that the Museum is between two vibrant neighborhoods - Dupont Circle and Downtown with lots of choices for lunch or snack.

Visited July 2011
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“Photographs stunning”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2011

The free part of the museum with the photographs were beautiful and heartfelt. I especially liked the "behind the scenes photos in the White House". The paid exhibit, surprisingly was less interesting than the free exhibits. Depending on what is showing, I recommend visiting the free section.

Visited April 2011
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Seymour, Tennessee
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“Dissapointing”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2010

When we arrived we were told NO displays were open, but we could go to the gift shop. Why would you leave your museum with no exhibits to view to the public?...Me either. Just skip it

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“National Geographic Museum a Disappointment”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2010

During our recent trip to Washington DC, one of the places on our list to visit was the National Geographic Museum. We are huge fans of the magazine and shows, so we assumed the museum would be fantastic. There was a model of a great white shark out in front to promote their new series, which whetted our appetite for what we might see inside. We stopped at the information desk and our questions were not warmly received. The staff was cold and disinterested in receiving visitors. The main attraction was an exhibit of Leonardo da Vinci's inventions, which was interesting, but we had already seen it in Chicago. When I think of National Geographic, I associate it with images of exotic locations and people, animals and giant bugs, and lots and lots of incredible photographs, not the inventions of Leonardo da Vinci which would be more appropriately placed in a Natural History Museum than at National Geographic. A photo display was advertised on the website, and when asked where it was located, we were told it was outside. We walked around the building and there were photos displayed in the windows, but the windows were so dirty, it was difficult to see the photos clearly.

My advice is, skip the National Geographic Museum. Your time will be better spent visiting the Museums on the National Mall.

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