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National Geographic Museum

National Geographic Museum

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1145 17th St NW, Washington DC, 20036

The Basics

Situated in a heritage building that dates to 1888, the National Geographic Museum is a popular DC institution suited to visitors of all ages. Exhibitions tell the stories of explorers, conservationists, scientists, and other globe-trotting adventurers and include a range of highlights, from iconic photographs to ancient relics. Located just a short walk from many other major city landmarks, including the White House, the museum is an accessible destination that can be explored during a sightseeing day out around town.

The National Geographic Museum features on various hop-on hop-off bus itineraries and is also included in the Washington DC Explorer Pass.

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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Tickets to the museum can be purchased online, over the phone, or at the ticket office; buying in advance is recommended when possible.

  • The museum’s M Street entrance includes a wheelchair ramp, and wheelchairs are available to loan on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • Strollers are not permitted in exhibitions, and the museum does not operate a bag-storage facility.

  • Food and drink are not allowed on-site, though the National Geographic Society’s café and cafeteria offer opportunity for refreshments.

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How to Get There

The National Geographic Museum is located at 17th and M streets NW. To travel by metro, take the Red Line to the Farragut North station, or take the Blue, Silver, or Orange Line to the Farragut West station. The museum can also be reached by dozens of bus lines and is accessible by car, by bike, or on foot.

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When to Get There

The museum is open daily 10am–6pm, except on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Last entry is at 5pm. The on-site ticket office is open Monday–Friday, 10am–4pm.

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Events at the National Geographic Museum

In addition to its changing exhibitions, the National Geographic Museum and headquarters are also host to diverse event programming throughout the year. Events range from talks and symphonic performances to trivia nights and virtual-reality explorations.

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