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Enjoy a wide variety of changing exhibitions that reflect the richness and diversity of our world at the National Geographic Museum. The Museum’s exhibitions and the scientific fieldwork and expeditions on which they are based are supported by National Geographic’s Mission Programs, which receives generous funding by corporations, foundations, and individuals.

Adults – $8
Members/Military/Seniors (over 62)/Students/Groups (25+) – $6
Children (ages 5–12) – $4
Museum Admission plus 3-D Movie – $10
3-D Movie – $5
School and Youth Groups (18 and under) – Free (for info on how to reserve a trip, click here)
Photography exhibitions in the Museum’s M Street gallery and outdoors are free.

Admission may be purchased online, in person, or by calling +1 202 857 7700 Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET. All individual ticket sales are final. A per ticket transaction fee will be assessed at check out for online purchasing. There is no additional fee for tickets purchased in person. Tickets allow for entry every 30 minutes. You may enter the museum at any point within your ticket’s 30-minute window, or at alternate times if there is availability, and stay as long as you wish. There are no refunds or exchanges. Groups of 25 or more are eligible for group sales rates.

Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Closed December 25.
The last tickets will be sold at 5:15 p.m. with entry allowed until 5:30 p.m., with 30 minutes until closing.

The Museum will be closing at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday December 6 and Monday December 24, with last tickets sold at 3:00 p.m.

The Museum will be closing at 5:00 p.m. on Friday December 14, with last tickets sold at 4:00 p.m.

National Geographic Museum is centrally located in downtown Washington, D.C., at 17th and M Streets NW. The Museum is convenient to two Metro stops: Farragut North (red line) and Farragut West (blue/orange lines). Several bus lines also serve the area. Visit for more transportation information. Street parking and several garages are available near National Geographic.

Named a silver Bicycle Friendly Business by The League of American Bicyclists, National Geographic offers bicycle parking on nature-inspired bike racks on M Street. Bicycle parking is also available on the P-1 level of the National Geographic parking garage for evening and weekend NG Live! events.

View a map of National Geographic headquarters. Visit the Golden Triangle BID for a listing of nearby dining options.

Tuesdays at Noon
Enrich your visit to National Geographic with free films most Tuesdays at noon. Screenings include selections from National Geographic Channel films, All Roads Film Project, and independent film makers.

When you visit the National Geographic Museum, don’t forget to spend time at the Store. Your purchases help support our mission of research, education, conservation, and exploration. Our products reflect that mission—from books, jewelry, maps, atlases, National Geographic DVDs, and travel accessories that will get you out exploring.

The galleries of National Geographic Museum are wheelchair accessible. The ramp to access the Museum is located on M Street just east of 17th Street. A limited number of complimentary wheelchairs are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

For patrons with special needs: please call 202–857-7154 to request assistance for your visit.

Inclement Weather Policy
National Geographic Museum does not generally close due to weather conditions. Call +1 202 857 7588 to inquiry whether the Museum is open or closed. If the recording does not mention a closing, the Museum is open. When the Museum is open, tickets are nonrefundable. If the Museum closes due to inclement weather, group reservations may be rescheduled by contacting the Group Sales Office. Individual ticket holders will be offered alternate viewing hours, which will be posted to the Museum’s website and phone line as soon as possible.

Customer Service
For ticket-related questions, please call +1 202 857 7700 Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET. For any other visitor services questions, email NatGeoMuseum[at]

Visitor Services Contact: NatGeoMuseum[at]
Press Contact: Pressroom[at]

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Events for Today, December 13, 2012 in Washington, D.C.


Birds of Paradise, Washington, D.C.
November 1, 2012 – May 12, 2013

American West, Washington, D.C.
October 27, 2012 – January 13, 2013

Desert Air, Washington, D.C.
August 30, 2012 – January 27, 2013

1001 Inventions, Washington, D.C.
August 3, 2012 – February 3, 2013


Irish Christmas in America, Washington, D.C.
December 15, 2012

Sea Monsters 3D, Washington, D.C.
December 16, 2012

Sea Monsters 3D, Washington, D.C.
December 16, 2012

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