A professor of Egyptology at UCLA, KARA COONEY specializes in social history, gender studies, and economies in the ancient world. Her current research in coffin reuse provides an up-close look at the socioeconomic and political turmoil that affected even funerary and burial practices in ancient Egypt. This project has taken her around the world over 10 years to study and document nearly 300 coffins in various collections. Her first trade book, The Woman Who Would Be King: Hatshepsut’s Rise to Power in Ancient Egypt, released in 2014, is an illuminating biography of its least-well-known female king. Kara also produced a comparative archaeology television series for the Discovery Channel called Out of Egypt, which aired in 2009, and was co-curator of "Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs" at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 2005.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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 www.dccirculator.com.
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: www.capitalbikeshare.com.
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.