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Current Exhibition

National Geographic: Exploration Starts Here

Photograph by Rebecca Hale

  • June 15, 2017 - December 31, 2018

  • National Geographic Museum Hours
  • National Geographic Museum


About this Exhibition

Where and when did exploration get its start at National Geographic?

Find out in "National Geographic: Exploration Starts Here," a permanent exhibition showcasing the greatest hits from our long and storied history of discovery. Go on expedition alongside our scientists, adventurers, and storytellers to discover where we've been and how much further we plan to go. Examine artifacts like the camera Robert Peary used at the North Pole and pots recovered from a shipwreck by Jacques-Yves Cousteau. Watch video from the top of Mount Everest and Jane Goodall's research camp. And learn the untold stories behind the discoveries of Machu Picchu and the Titanic.

Come see where exploration starts!


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National Geographic Museum Hours

OPEN DAILY 

10:00 AM - 6:00 PM 

Visiting info

This exhibit is located in the M St. building lobby.

Group sales

Interested in booking as a group? Contact our group sales specialist, Cleon McMillan, at 202-807-3232. For more information, visit our Group Sales page.

Museum store

The National Geographic Museum Store is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day the museum is open.

During your visit

The National Geographic Museum does not have a coat or bag check for security reasons. All items (including strollers) must be taken with you into the museum.

There is no food or drink allowed inside the museum.

Our photography policy varies depending on our current exhibitions. Please check the Current Exhibitions pages or call the Ticket Office for up-to-date information at 202-857-7700.

Each person is different, but we recommend taking at least two hours to fully enjoy all the exhibitions.

Seating is available in each exhibition.

The National Geographic Society has a café and cafeteria located in our M Street building. Our café is open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and the cafeteria from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. Both are closed Saturdays and Sundays.

Accessibility

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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