National Geographic Museum
National Geographic Museum
National Geographic Museum

National Geographic Museum Tours and Tickets

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Hosted at the National Geographic Society’s world headquarters, the National Geographic Museum is a family-friendly institution that celebrates exploration, international adventure, and the natural world. Its permanent and temporary exhibitions showcase photographs, artifacts, and films and also include interactive elements.

  • 1145 17th St. NW, Washington DC, 20036

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Q:How long does it take to visit the National Geographic Museum?
A:Visiting the National Geographic Museum in Washington, DC, should take you no longer than 1–2 hours. The relatively compact museum sits on the first floor of the National Geographic Society headquarters. It has two galleries of exhibits about the natural world and the history of scientific expeditions and exploration.
Q:Which is better, the Smithsonian or the National Geographic Museum?
A:The Smithsonian is the world's largest museum and research complex and is free to enter. If you're between visiting the Smithsonian and the National Geographic Museum, choose the former. The compact National Geographic Museum has two galleries of exhibitions dedicated to the natural world and the history of scientific exploration.
Q:What is the Titanic exhibit at the National Geographic Museum?
A:The exhibit called Titanic: The Untold Story at the National Geographic Museum in Washington DC covers the massive ship's history, sinking, and past and future searches for its remains. The exhibit has artifacts recovered from the ship, a replica of the ship's interior, and movie props from the 1997 movie Titanic.
Q:Is there free parking at the National Geographic Museum?
A:No, there isn’t free parking at the National Geographic Museum in Washington, DC. The museum doesn’t have dedicated parking and is in the heart of downtown DC, where street parking is limited—finding a parking garage is your best bet. Farragut North subway station is within short walking distance on Connecticut Avenue.
Q:Do you need reservations to visit the National Geographic Museum?
A:No, you don't typically need reservations to visit the National Geographic Museum. The museum is relatively compact and not as popular or well-known as the Smithsonian Institution museums nearby—it's rarely crowded. In case it is, you can call ahead of your visit to make sure tickets are available.
Q:Is visiting the National Geographic Museum worth it?
A:Visiting the National Geographic Museum in Washington, DC, is worth it if you admire the National Geographic Society, the natural world, and the history of scientific exploration and discovery. But, remember that the museum is relatively small—not nearly as grand as the Smithsonian Institution museums nearby.