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“Great special exhibits always at NatGeo!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of National Geographic Society's Explorer Hall

National Geographic Society's Explorer Hall
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Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour of Washington DC: Monuments, Landmarks and Memorials
Ranked #155 of 418 things to do in Washington DC
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Owner description: An interactive educational experience which includes a simulation of orbital flight and geography questions.
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
“Great special exhibits always at NatGeo!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2012

I recently went to another special exhibit: The Anglo Saxon Hoard, and was totally delighted with the amount of explanation and items to see. They also had a rendition of an Anglo Saxon village which helped support the overall exhibit. This had a docent who was willing to discuss the items. She also invited us to another event by the Society for Creative Anachronism which featured many of the crafts and skills and items that Anglo Saxons would have used. Very very interesting to learn about 7th century "English" life. I've also visited other special exhibits here, such as on Utzi, the mummified man and on a mummified South American sacrificial "victim" (whose name escapes me). In both these instances, lots of good detail and contextual explanation. Kudos to NatGeo for teaching me new things!

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Williamsburg, VA
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5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Easy to do”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2012

Had two every interesting a very different exhibits while we were there. The hord and grossology. Interesting and fun.

Visited November 2011
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Got to go”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2012

I like this. Not overwhelming but always interesting.

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Alexandria, Virginia
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55 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“It all depends on when you go”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2011

I've been to Explorer Hall many times over the past 35 years and have seen some fantastic photography shows and truly special exhibits, such as the Terra Cotta Warriors. There is almost always something that makes a visit worthwhile. Check the website or the Washington Post Weekend Section before you go to see what they have at the time. Entrance is free, but sometimes there is a charge for a particular exhibit. As for shopping, the gift shop is very small and quite limited. I think that everything for sale there is probably available through the website.

Visited August 2011
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Portland, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Stunning photography - bigger than magazine size”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2011

The exhibit in the inside gallery was all about underwater photography and videos of photographers talking about how they do their jobs. Free! The building with the museum [pay] had pictures and casts of relics around the outside for viewing - excellent photography and few "wows" of the non-photograph displays.
I didn't pay for the museum since I'd already seen an "Animal Grossology" exhibit some years ago. I thought about buying in the gift shop - but fought off the temptation

Visited October 2011
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