National Geographic
Happy Hour

Nat Geo Nights: Inside Egypt

February 21, 2019, 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Happy Hour

Nat Geo Nights: Inside Egypt

February 21, 2019, 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Photograph by B. Anthony Stewart

About this Event

Hear amazing stories of science and discovery in Egypt from National Geographic Explorers and our senior archivist. Meet marine ecologist Ameer Abdulla, who is working tirelessly to protect the country’s threatened sea life for future generations, and archaeologists Nora Shawki and Fred Hiebert, who are helping to discover and preserve its past. You’ll also learn about previous Egyptian expeditions as National Geographic’s Sara Manco shares exclusive photos from our archives.



Every month National Geographic opens its doors for a night of fun and exploration. These special monthly happy hours feature live stories from National Geographic Explorers, fun interactive activities, lively music, food, and drink specials at our cash bar. See the event schedule and full lineup below.

The happy hour begins at 5:30 p.m. and the talk begins at 6:30 p.m.

  • Gilbert H. Grosvenor Auditorium

    National Geographic Campus


Photograph by Rebecca Hale

Fredrik Hiebert


National Geographic Archaeologist-in-Residence FRED HIEBERT, Ph.D., has brought great stories of archaeological discovery around the world to the pages of National Geographic since 2003. As a field archaeologist, he has traced ancient trade routes overland and across the seas for over 30 years, leading excavations at ancient Silk Road sites across Asia, from Egypt to Mongolia. He also conducts underwater archaeology projects in South America’s Lake Titicaca and in the highest lake of the Silk Road in search of submerged settlements. At National Geographic, he extends his enthusiasm for archaeology to the public in lectures, presentations, films, and museum exhibitions, including our current immersive exhibition “Tomb of Christ: The Church of the Holy Sepulchre Experience.” Among other honors, Fred has received the Chairman's Award from the National Geographic Committee for Research and Exploration.

Sara Manco


National Geographic Senior Photo Archivist SARA MANCO hails from Kansas City, where she first picked up her dad’s barely used 35mm Minolta camera at 14 years old. She fostered her love of photography in college where she earned a degree in journalism with a focus on photography. Sara combined her love of photography and history in graduate school where she earned a master’s degree in photographic preservation and collections management. After working at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African Art, Sara moved to the National Geographic Society to care for its historic photography collection. In addition to preserving the photographs, Sara assists with National Geographic’s Photo Camp and Sciencetelling Bootcamp, where she shares her love of photography and history with students and National Geographic Explorers and grantees.

Photograph by Ari Beser

Photograph by Mark Thiessen

Nora Shawki


Egyptian archaeologist and National Geographic Explorer NORA SHAWKI has been excavating ancient sites in the Nile Delta for almost eight years. She has served as a field archaeologist on foreign missions at sites throughout Egypt as well as two in northern Sudan. She is now directing her own excavation at satellite sites in the Delta. A Ph.D. candidate in a joint program at Cairo University and Durham University, Nora studies settlement archaeology, a relatively new subfield that focuses on non-elite settlements and the daily lives of the communities that lived in them. Her research is focused on Late Period settlements, using material culture and religious ideologies to better understand the impact of royal policy on non-elite Egyptians. Nora was part of the 2017 National Geographic Young Explorer Leadership and Development Program.

Ameer Abdulla


Marine conservation ecologist and National Geographic Explorer AMEER ABDULLA, Ph.D, is the marine program director at Egypt-based nonprofit Nature Conservation Egypt and an associate professor of marine conservation science at the University of Queensland, Australia. He’s also a senior conservation science fellow with the U.S.-based Wildlife Conservation Society. Ameer has over 20 years of experience in tropical marine ecology, conservation, and management. He is particularly interested in developing and harnessing multi-disciplinary marine science for conservation planning and ecosystem-based management of marine biodiversity in the context of global change. A senior advisor on marine biodiversity and conservation science for the European Topic Center of Spain’s University of Malaga, he is also an expert member of the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas and the IUCN Climate Change and Coral Reefs Working Group.

Photograph courtesy of Ameer Abdulla

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Plan Your Visit


Tickets to evening and weekend National Geographic live events in D.C. include free parking in our underground garage, located on M Street between 16th and 17th Streets NW. You must show proof of purchase to access the garage. Parking opens one hour before the event start time. For Nat Geo Nights events, parking opens at 5:00 P.M.

Parking is not available for museum or 3D film ticket holders. For museum ticket holders looking to park near the museum, Parking Panda or SpotHero can help you find parking nearby.


The League of American Bicyclists has named National Geographic a silver Bicycle Friendly Business. For evening and weekend events, bicycle parking is available on level P-1 of the garage and at bike racks on M Street. For weekday daytime events, parking is available only at the bike racks located on M Street.


Driving Directions

National Geographic headquarters is located at 17th and M Streets, NW. The museum and store entrance is at 1145 17th Street; the Grosvenor Auditorium entrance is at 1600 M Street NW.



National Geographic is committed to promoting the use of sustainable transportation as a way to reduce local traffic congestion and air pollution. Please consider some of the District’s alternative transportation options:

By MetroRail

National Geographic is located a few blocks from the Farragut North Metro Station on the Metro’s Red Line. From the L Street Metro exit, head east on L Street toward 17th Street. Make a left on 17th Street. The museum will be on the right. Alternatively, take the Blue, Orange, or Silver Line to Farragut West. Exit the station at 17th Street NW, make a right out of the metro, turn left on 17th Street, and walk two blocks. The museum will be on the right. Visit the Metro website for more station information.

By MetroBus

A dozen MetroBus routes have stops located within a 1/4 mile of National Geographic, including the D1/3/5/6, N2/4/6, and the 42. To find the route closest to you, visit the Metro website.

By DC Circulator

The DC Circulator has one stop within walking distance of National Geographic. The Georgetown-Union Station route has a stop on K Street and Connecticut Avenue. From there, walk east on K Street and turn left on 17th Street. Walk one and a half more blocks and the museum will be on the right. For more information, visit

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The District’s bike-sharing program makes bicycles available to anyone. Simply take a bike from one of over 115 stations in D.C. and Arlington, and return it to a docking station close to the museum. The closest docking stations to the museum are located at K and 17th Streets and 17th Street and Rhode Island Avenue. For more information about fees and station locations, visit:


A wheelchair ramp is located on the M Street side of the museum’s main building. Automatic doors are on the 17th Street side. Wheelchairs are available at the ticket desk on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Please call the National Geographic Ticket Office at 202-857-7700 at least two weeks prior to your visit to request sign language interpretation, captioning, or hearing assistance devices.

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