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National Geographic Museum

Neighbourhood: Dupont Circle
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Address: 1145 17th Street NW, Washington DC, DC 20036
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I found about the exhibition, @NATGEO, at the National Geographic Museum on Metro. The museum is part (the first floor) of National Geographic International Headquarters. Its... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I learned about the museum from Certifikid, which gave the impression there were a lot of fun hands on kids activities. We live about an hour away but have been to most of the DC museums and were excited to try something new. The museum is fairly small, one level divided into 2 big rooms. The photograph area was neat... More 

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Sparta, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

It's a great place for kids and adults alike with brilliant pictures that seem to come to life as you're looking at them. It's very interactive and fun for kids and adults. It makes you want to buy a subscription to National Geographic magazine. If you like to take pictures or look at pictures this is the place for you.

Thank Kitten524
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Given its amazing photo archive, I was expecting much more from this museum. The temporary exhibition on Instagram was interesting, but there was no permanent collection showing the most famous pictures. Not worth the price ($12 students, $15 adults).

Thank Dario2788
Cape Elizabeth, Maine
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited the National Geographic Museum with our 4 year old granddaughter. My advice is to save this one for older children, maybe 10 to 12 year olds. There are many great places to go in DC. We have visited many with our grandkids. However, I found this museum to be just average compared to places like the Smithsonian, Spy... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I found about the exhibition, @NATGEO, at the National Geographic Museum on Metro. The museum is part (the first floor) of National Geographic International Headquarters. Its admission is $15 for Adult and $12 for Magazine Subscriber. I told the cashier that I am a subscriber and I got the subscriber rate with no question asked nor need to show my... More 

Thank Ryusuke M
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

First I love National Geographic. I grew up with no TV and shelves of National Geographic to pass my time. I have THREE of my children in photo journalism as their career, so my complaint has nothing to do with Nat'l Geo themselves. It's their museum PR team. We looked on the website two weeks ago, saw promos and pics... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017

I love National Geographic and all of their exceptional photos. You see them on display at the museum. I must say that I was expecting more, it is was good to see.

Thank JohnBCowgill
Fort Bragg, North Carolina
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

I love NatGeo. and always will, but this paying "museum" is not worth it. Anything and everything they have can be seen from the comfort of your home with better quality.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017

With there being so many monuments, museums, etc to explore in DC, I actually didn't have time to visit any art galleries. But I don't feel like I missed out thanks to Nat Geo's stunning and powerful photography exhibition of their most popular Instagram pictures. It almost made me want to join Instagram again just to follow them! The gift... More 

Thank GlasgowChocaholic
Mumbai (Bombay), India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016

The photos and exhibits are fantastic. The quality of photographs are awesome. It is worth to spend half day after going thru the details written about each photographs.

Thank Ramesh61

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