National Geographic
  • Exhibition features a short 3-D film with active 3-D glasses. Exhibition not recommended for guests susceptible to motion sickness or dizziness.
  • Closed captions are available upon request. Please ask a museum staff member for details.
On display until Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Open Daily
10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Last ticket sold 5 p.m.

Regular $15

Seniors/Students/Military $12
Children 5-12 (free under 5) $10
Annual Pass Member Free

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About the Exhibition

Be virtually transported to Jerusalem and discover the fascinating history of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in an immersive 3-D experience unlike anything you’ve seen in a museum before. Your groups will be able to virtually visit the church and learn about its storied history and enduring mysteries.

Built in the fourth century, the tomb of Christ, or the Holy Edicule, has just undergone a historic restoration—a project that captured the attention of the world and will be featured this fall in National Geographic magazine and on the National Geographic channel. In the exhibition, learn about the restoration effort led by an interdisciplinary team of conservation experts from the National Technical University in Athens led by Chief Scientific Supervisor, ANTONIA MOROPOULOU, who used new technologies including LIDAR, sonar, laser scanning, and thermal imaging to preserve this important site.

Plan Your Visit

The “Tomb of Christ” exhibition requires timed tickets for everyone in your party. Entry times are available every 12 minutes, with the first entry time at 10:12 a.m. daily. We ask that you queue for the exhibition 5-10 minutes before your time, so that you can start the experience at the time on your ticket. If you arrive more than 5-10 minutes before your entry time, we cannot guarantee early entry into “Tomb of Christ.” If you arrive after the time on your ticket, we cannot guarantee entry into “Tomb of Christ.” We will make every attempt to accommodate your party at the next available time slot, but late entry is not guaranteed.

This exhibition features a short 3-D film with active 3-D glasses. The exhibition is not recommended for guests susceptible to motion sickness or dizziness.

Closed captions are available upon request. Please ask a museum staff member visitor services representative for details.


Group sales

Interested in booking as a group? Contact our group sales office at 202-807-3232 or email 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

Strollers are not permitted in the exhibitions; limited storage is available should you need bring strollers with you to the museum. We do not store bags or any other personal items. Storage is at your own risk; National Geographic does not assume responsibility for any items left in our storage.

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.


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.

Exhibition Guide

Exhibition Guide  

Download the digital guide for the Tomb of Christ interactive exhibition.


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Throughout the year, we show adventure-packed, thought-provoking, and visually stunning National Geographic films on our campus. 

Jerusalem 3-D playing Saturdays and Sundays, November 18, 2017 – January 6, 2019.

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