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National Geographic Museum

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Neighbourhood: Connecticut Ave/ K Street
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  • Farragut North • 4 min walk
  • Farragut West • 6 min walk
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Jeannie H
Shenandoah Valley23 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Family
Don't waste your time and money on the King Tut exhibit. It contains no artifacts, and you could easily pick up a book or find a short YouTube video that would give you all the information shared there. We took the time to walk through and read everything, and that only took about 20 minutes. The rest of the National Geographic building doesn't offer much either, just a couple of photographic exhibits. Really not worth the visit.
Written 30 July 2022
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messier27
Fountain, CO244 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Solo
The King Tut "immersive" exhibit has no artifacts. It has no replicas of artifacts. It has no pictures of artifacts. It was the worst museum experience I've ever had. There were a few blow ups of newspaper articles and magazine covers, and few pictures of the outside of the dig site. The "highlight" was a video with South Park quality animation of the Egyptian after death mythology. Their explanation was that, since Egypt has built its own museum for the artifacts, they won't leave the country anymore (a perfectly reasonable expectation) . But since that's the case, just don't have the exhibit. It was absolutely horrible
Written 21 September 2022
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CollectingChristie
Seal Beach, CA802 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
The King Tutankhamun exhibit is AWFUL. Not a single artifact from Egypt. Essentially a wall through story-board exhibit with two rooms that offer an audio visual projection display - akin to a bad 5 min cartoon movie. There is no meaningful information here - the story boards are disjointed and fail to provide basics such as detailed maps, or even replicas of items discussed. The final room with its large A/V cartoon presentation is embarrassing. The content was made up - based on assumptions about what Egyptians thought the journey to the afterlife was - and then presented with horrible cartoon images, akin to a cheap Saturday morning CW cartoon. Don't go. Nat Geo should be embarrassed that they let this travelling road-show co-op their brand.
Written 25 July 2022
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wildzootv
Alexandria, VA67 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2014 • Family
A few helpful tips that might help you when planning to visit:

- it is with in walking distance (2 blocks) of the Metro: blue and red line.

- it has two cafes: one small grab & go type and another sit down. The quality of the food at the sit down cafeteria was surprisingly good and inexpensive compared to many of the area's museum cafeterias.

-It does have a wheelchair available for use, free of charge but currently they only have one. Keep in mind that the building is not completely accessible to wheelchairs though. Some maneuvering may be needed on your part.

-A gift store is on site and has many items such as their books, magazines, clothing, stuffed animals, and jewelry for sale.

- Lastly, visit a Smithsonian instead. Honestly I was surprised that they charged admission here. For a company that has a world renown magazine and shows, the museum is lack luster and poor at best. It had very few displays and they were not very colorful or interesting to see. Save the expensive charge and see a Smithsonian for free instead. I would not recommend this museum to anyone. We were bored to tears and we even had a tour of the facility. :/ It was a huge waste of money and that's with a group discount.
Written 14 November 2014
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Ben R
Indianapolis, IN2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2014 • Family
Do not waste your money on this place. After reading other's reviews and seeing the outside of the "museum," we thought it would be a good stop on our DC trip, but calling this a museum or an attraction is not just a stretch, but completely false. There was one room open when we went which had a picture of Mars and some pictures of Dinos and a couple of sculptures, no artifacts. We were certain that could not be the whole of the exhibits, but we asked two workers who informed us that the other exhibits would open in a few weeks, but we should go check out the dinosaur outside (which we could had done for free as it is out by the street). Overall, $11/person to stand in a room for 10 minutes and look at a dinosaur sculpture which we could have done for free. Do not waste your time or money here, the Smithsonian Institute is just down the road.
Written 13 October 2014
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Anthony-Susan
Washington DC, DC802 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2014 • Friends
Of all the places in Washington, especially if you want your children to be inspired about exploring the world, this museum is a must visit. It is located away from the downtown mall, so it's best to go by Metro, getting off either at the Dupont Circle or Farragut North red line stations, or at Farragut West (blue and orange lines). I recommend getting off at Dupont Circle, the hub of Washington's professional 30 somethings set. This is a slice of Washington life many visitors miss. On the way to the museum, you may wish to peak in St. Matthew's Cathedral on Rhode Island Ave which has wonderful mosaics. The museum is only two blocks beyond there.

The museum itself offers a permanent collection, an exhibition that changes and a variety of movies and lectures. There truly is something for all ages to enjoy and learn.

If you are going mid-morning, when you leave, walk over to Connecticut Avenue to take in Washington's commercial row. From trendy restaurants to Godiva's, The Mayflower Hotel and other Washington main stays, this is again another slice of Washington many tourists miss completely.

At Farragut Square, if you are there midday, you can enjoy Washington's best kept secret: food trucks that offer gourmet meals to the scores of young professionals who pour out of their offices at lunch time to enjoy a meal in the park. This is not the tourist fare offered by the food trucks near the mall; there is a full array of international cuisine. But even if you decide not to take your meal there, enjoy the ambience. These are Washington's lobbyists, lawyers, economists...those who influence 24/7 what leaders are focusing on. They are younger than you might expect.

If you are headed elsewhere, there are two Metro stops at Farragut Square, so you have a quick escape. Or, you can take the short walk to Lafayette Square and the White House.

All in all, it's an educational and enjoyable morning, providing insights into the Rome of the contemporary world that most visitors miss.
Written 8 May 2014
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jhenie
Hercules,CA77 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2012 • Solo
100th year of the Titanic, lots of exhibits Samurai, photography and videos. $8 for General Admission and $6 for senior.
Great exhibits latest is Titanic props from the movie and awesome is discovery of the titanic, video stimulation. Samurai exhibit is more interesting fun the history and all.
Nice spot to check out if you're in DC
Written 2 May 2012
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Kaylynn M
27 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019
I think we were expecting a lot more on the history of the magazine and what we found was a paid for exhibit for Egypt that we didn't actually go in and see and then a lobby display and hall way of old magazine covers that were free. We looked through those which we found interesting and headed back out to do other things.
Written 26 February 2020
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hostelguy1
Los Angeles, CA155 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Sure, I love the Smithsonian. But the crowds can get a little overwhelming -- especially if you're with kids or older family members. I recommend a morning visit to the National Geographic Museum, located in the heart of Dupont Circle. It's not massive, so you can take your time perusing one of its rotating exhibitions or checking out some of its stunning photography. The museum also hosts live talks, trivia nights and even explorer-themed happy hours.

The museum is open daily from 10 AM - 6 PM (closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas day).

While it's not free like the Smithsonian, tickets are still a pretty good value at $15 for adults; $12 for students/military/seniors (over 62) and $10 for children (5-12 years old).

If you're coming by Metro, the Farragut North Station, on the Red Line of the Metro, is the closest station to the museum. Farragut North has two exits; make sure to leave the station through the L Street Exit.

Afterwards, you're just steps away from some good brunch spots. Or if you're there on a Sunday, the farmer's market just north of Dupont Circle is a great place to check out.
Written 7 November 2019
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bskramer
The Villages, FL320 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Solo
I visited the National Geographic Museum on a Tuesday afternoon during the second week of July.  My intent was to see the Queens of Egypt exhibition and the Permanent Exhibition: National Geographic: Exploration Starts Here.  The cost of admission for the Queens of Egypt exhibition was $15.  I enjoyed the exhibit very much and spent about 90 minutes seeing the artifacts, watching videos, and reading the information on the exhibits.  There were three experiences that I really enjoyed.  The first was a 3-D virtual tour of Nefertari’s tomb in the Valley of the Queens.  At the time I visited, I was the only person in the large video room.  The experience was so exciting, I did the walkthrough of the tomb three times.  Second, I also enjoyed an exhibit that had different perfume scents that would have been used in ancient times.  Third, I enjoyed a display that allowed me to create my name in hieroglyphics.  Prior to my visit, I did not know that Egyptian hieroglyphic symbols were based on phonetic sounds. There was a wealth of information in this exhibit and I felt that I learned a lot about not only about six of the most famous Queens of Egypt, but also a great deal of information about Egyptian goddesses, the Dei El-Medina craftsmen’s village, mummies, and Egyptian sarcophagi.  I also enjoyed the videos by National Geographic personnel who were working in the field to uncover artifacts and information in Egypt.  This was a very interesting exhibit for me and I considered it time well spent.  

After the Queens of Egypt exhibit, I headed over to the free National Geographic: Exploration Starts Here Permanent Exhibition.  I saw this exhibit over 25 years ago.  There were definitely some interesting artifacts from many famous National Geographic expeditions worth seeing, even though I seem to remember that there were more artifacts on display during my previous visit.  I was very excited to see an album of photographs from Hiram Bingham’s expedition that led to the finding of Machu Picchu.  I also enjoyed the videos from the top of Mount Everest.  I only spent about 20 minutes viewing the items in this exhibit.

I did notice that the Queens of Egypt exhibit did offer a scavenger hunt for younger children and I visited the museum gift shop the had an extensive amount of Egyptian themed and National Geographic labeled merchandise.  I think that this is a great place to visit that is off the beaten path from the famous museums on the mall.  I would not travel all the way over here for just the Permanent Exhibition, but if there is a special exhibition that is of interest to you, I would definitely recommend that you make the effort to visit.  Just check the National Geographic website to see if the current special exhibition is something that you are interested in before you head over here.  
Written 16 July 2019
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