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Past Exhibitions

The National Geographic Museum is great for all ages and features a wide range of changing exhibitions, from interactive experiences to stunning photography exhibitions featuring the work of National Geographic explorers, photographers, and scientists.
Tuesday, October 22, 2019 – Wednesday, September 30, 2020

This inspiring exhibition highlights women from around the globe through powerful photography and revelatory stories from a wide swath of female luminaries.

Friday, November 22, 2019 – Monday, September 7, 2020

This transportive exhibition celebrates the life and work of Jane Goodall, who braved the unknown to provide a remarkable window into humankind’s closest living relatives—chimpanzees.

Queens of Egypt
Friday, March 1, 2019 – Sunday, September 15, 2019

Get to know legendary queens like Nefertiti, and Cleopatra VII; see more than 350 prestigious objects, and tour one of the most well-preserved tombs in the Valley of the Queens.

Titanic: The Untold Story
Wednesday, May 30, 2018 – Tuesday, January 1, 2019

In this investigative exhibition, discover the surprising link between one of the greatest discoveries of all time—the Titanic—and a top secret Cold War mission.

Tomb of Christ
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 – Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Learn the fascinating history of the iconic Church of the Holy Sepulchre and be transported to Jerusalem for an immersive 3-D experience unlike anything you’ve seen in a museum before.

Day to Night: In the Field With Stephen Wilkes
Tuesday, February 13, 2018 – Sunday, April 29, 2018

This stunning exhibition takes you into the field with National Geographic magazine photographer Stephen Wilkes, who meticulously crafts—from hundreds of photographs taken from a single vantage point—dramatic image compositions of ...

Wild: Michael Nichols
Thursday, October 12, 2017 – Monday, January 15, 2018

See extraordinary images of wildlife and wild places through the eyes of legendary photographer and National Geographic magazine Editor at Large Michael “Nick” Nichols in this special exhibition.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 – Sunday, October 1, 2017

This summer, the museum will present “Sharks,” an exhibition featuring impressive photography, videos, models, artifacts, and interactive experiences to showcase award-winning National Geographic photographer Brian Skerry’s work filming the important, ...

National Geographic Presents: Earth Explorers
Friday, February 10, 2017 – Sunday, September 17, 2017

In this highly interactive, family-friendly exhibition, visitors will embark on an epic adventure to discover new species, study animal behavior, and learn about the world using methods employed by Nat ...

@NatGeo: The Most Popular Instagram Photos
Friday, November 11, 2016 – Sunday, April 30, 2017

National Geographic Museum’s new exhibition “@NatGeo: Popular Instagram Photos” captures and curates the most liked, commented on, and favorited photos from National Geographic’s iconic Instagram account. As the world’s top ...

FotoWeekCentral Exhibitions
Friday, November 11, 2016 – Sunday, January 22, 2017

FotoWeekCentral Exhibitions feature high-caliber photography with an emphasis on contemporary themes. Exhibitions with social and political significance were curated to expose visitors to a variety of work, ranging from documentary to fine art ...

Invisible Boundaries: Exploring Yellowstone’s Great Animal Migrations
Friday, April 15, 2016 – Tuesday, January 3, 2017

The Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem lies in the path of some of the most significant wildlife migration routes on the planet.

The Greeks
Wednesday, June 1, 2016 – Monday, October 10, 2016

This summer, National Geographic will bring an extraordinary cultural experience to Washington, D.C. THE GREEKS: Agamemnon to Alexander the Great is an exceptional journey through 5,000 years of Greek history ...

Wednesday, January 27, 2016 – Sunday, May 8, 2016

Explore the rugged and complex lives of CROCS! Learn about the evolutionary history of these legendary reptiles and even get up close with living crocodiles. This family-friendly exhibition provides visitors ...

Photo Ark
Thursday, November 5, 2015 – Sunday, April 10, 2016

Led by photographer Joel Sartore, Photo Ark is a multi-year National Geographic project with simple goals: to create portraits of the world’s species before they disappear and to inspire people ...

Pristine Seas
Wednesday, September 16, 2015 – Thursday, March 31, 2016

There are places in our oceans that remain virtually untouched—thriving aquatic oases teeming with sharks, fish, corals, and sea grasses. Journey across the world’s ocean with National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Enric ...

Indiana Jones and the Adventure of Archaeology
Thursday, May 14, 2015 – Friday, January 1, 2016

For over 30 years, audiences around the world have followed Indiana Jones on his quests for adventure, fortune, and glory. Explore fascinating real-world archaeological artifacts, along with an extensive collection ...

Monster Fish
Thursday, March 26, 2015 – Monday, October 12, 2015

Beneath the surface of the world’s rivers swim mysterious giants. Join Zeb Hogan, explorer and host of the Nat Geo WILD series Monster Fish, on a journey to find and ...

Friday, September 12, 2014 – Sunday, April 12, 2015

Meet Spinosaurus. At over 50 feet long, 20 feet high and weighing 6 tongs, Spinosaurus is the largest predatory dinosaur to ever roam the Earth—even bigger than T. rex. This ...

Mars Up Close
Wednesday, August 6, 2014 – Sunday, November 30, 2014

Experience the excitement, science, challenge, and eye-opening wonder of the most ambitious space expeditions ever undertaken in this stunning exhibition. Featuring the latest images taken by the Curiosity rover, many ...

Peruvian Gold
Thursday, April 10, 2014 – Thursday, September 4, 2014

A remarkable collection of ancient gold and silver artifacts excavated from Peru’s legendary royal tombs. Peruvian Gold: Ancient Treasures Unearthed showcases extraordinary objects from Peru’s pre-Inca heritage, including gold ceremonial and ...

A New Age of Exploration
Thursday, June 13, 2013 – Sunday, August 17, 2014

Dive the oceans’ depths, roam faraway lands, climb to Earth’s highest summits and walk in the footsteps of National Geographic explorers, photographers, scientists and journalists whose discoveries have shaped our ...

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 – Sunday, July 6, 2014

The “COSMOS” exhibition focused on how generations of searchers have used the ethos of science and laws of nature to begin to understand where we are in space and time. ...

Women of Vision
Friday, October 11, 2013 – Sunday, March 9, 2014

For the last decade, some of the most powerful stories have been produced by a new generation of 11 female photojournalists. These women share a commitment to storytelling that has ...

Lions & Tigers & Bears
Thursday, July 25, 2013 – Sunday, February 2, 2014

Lions & Tigers & Bears exemplifies the profound impact of visual storytelling, with stunning images of these three iconic animals. Featuring 50 photos from three of National Geographic’s top wildlife ...