National Geographic

Visitor Information

The National Geographic Museum hosts a variety of rotating exhibitions and programs year-round. To see what the museum is currently offering, visit Current Exhibitions and Events.


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Photograph by Rebecca Hale

Our Location

The National Geographic
Museum & Headquarters
1145 17th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036

National Geographic Museum

Map of 1145 17th Street, Washington, DC

General Ticket Information

All general admission tickets for the museum include both the “Tomb of Christ” exhibition (opening November 15) and the “Wild” exhibition. All guests must select their entry time when purchasing tickets for November 15 or later. Tickets are timed due to the nature of the “Tomb of Christ” exhibition, and we require all guests to enter “Tomb of Christ” at their designated entry time. Guests may visit “Wild” at any time, but please be aware that we cannot guarantee late entry to “Tomb of Christ” if you miss your entry time. If you would like to visit our “Wild” exhibition before visiting “Tomb of Christ,” we recommend selecting an entry time that is 45 minutes to an hour later than you plan to arrive at the museum.


Hours & Ticket Pricing

The National Geographic Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day except Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

Last ticket sold at 5 p.m. daily.

Your ticket is good for all current exhibitions in the museum.

General Admission: $15
Students, Seniors, Military: $12
Children 5 to 12 years old: $10
Children Under 5 and Annual Pass Members: Free

Some tickets purchased online are subject to a 10% venue fee.  This includes all D.C. National Geographic Live events, Nat Geo Nights happy hour events, and other evening and weekend events. Tickets purchased online for the National Geographic Museum, museum films, and Annual Pass are exempt from this venue fee. All over the phone orders, including those for the National Geographic Museum and museum films, are subject to a 10% customer service fee.

Please call the National Geographic Ticket Office at 202-857-7700 with any questions. The Ticket Office is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Directions & Parking

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. While we do provide driving and parking information, please consider some of the District’s alternative transportation options, which can be found on’s interactive map.

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. 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. Additional routes have stops located within a 1/2 mile. 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

Capital Bikeshare

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:


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 M Street bike racks. Driving Directions

Driving Directions



Free underground parking is available for select evening and National Geographic Live ticket holders beginning one hour prior to event start time. No parking is available for daytime or weekday events or for museum guests. When turning at the corner of 16th Street and M Street onto M Street, the entrance to underground parking is immediately on the left. Patrons must show an event ticket or confirmation form to be admitted into the garage. 

For museum ticket holders looking to park near the museum, Parking Panda can help you find parking nearby.


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.

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.

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.

Museum Store

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

Event Tickets and Information

You can purchase tickets online, over the phone Monday-Friday through our ticket office, or in person daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at our National Geographic Museum ticket desk. We recommend purchasing ahead of time, as many of our events sell out quickly. Tickets to National Geographic live events in D.C. include 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.

Nat Geo Nights tickets include free admission to the National Geographic Museum starting the day of the event and expiring at the end of that month. Tickets to other events do not include admission to the National Geographic Museum unless otherwise specified.

Check event pages for start times and schedules. All upcoming D.C. events can be viewed here. For information about events outside of D.C., please visit

Inclement Weather

The National Geographic Museum does not generally close due to weather conditions. Call 202-857-7700 to inquire whether the facility is open or closed. If the recording does not mention a closing, National Geographic is open. When the facility is open, tickets are nonrefundable. In case of a museum closing, we will attempt to reschedule your visit for a later date. For National Geographic Live events we will issue a refund only if the federal government is closed and our shows are canceled for that day.

Gift Certificate

Purchase a gift certificate for friends and family and give the gift of adventure! Call the Ticket Office at 202-857-7700 or order online.

Contact Us

Office hours are Monday–Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The National Geographic Ticket Office: 202-857-7700 |

Group Sales: 202-807-3232 |

The National Geographic Store: 202-807-3428

In case of inclement weather call the National Geographic Ticket Office.

Additional Information

Did you know?


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of the proceeds from exhibitions and events goes back to the National Geographic Society’s nonprofit educational, conservation, and scientific work.

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