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National Geographic is perfect for student and adult groups of all ages. We welcome you to learn, engage, and discover.

To contact the National Geographic Museum staff regarding a group visit (20- 150 people), please fill out the group reservation request form.

All group reservations must be made at least two weeks in advance.


Request a Group Trip

Please allow at least two business days for a reply.


Group Sales Ticket Pricing

Groups are considered parties of 20-150 people. We cannot accommodate parties larger than 150 people.


$12.50 each





Children (ages 4 and under)




Private Film Screening

Starting at $50 + admission cost

Private Exhibition Tour

Starting at $50 + admission cost

All reservation requests are subject to availability. Receipt of payment and completed letter of agreement guarantees your reservation. Processing fees will apply to group rates.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Group Sales for Events

    Groups of 10 or more are eligible for discounted pricing for live events. For pricing and more information contact us at or 202-807-3232.

  • Travel Professionals

    The National Geographic Museum offers interactive and exciting exploration for groups of all ages. In addition to exclusive industry rates, travel professionals receive a number of other benefits:

    • Early and late access when available and with advance notice
    • Expedited entry, bypassing ticket purchasing lines
    • Complimentary admission for tour leaders and motorcoach drivers
    • Advance notice of upcoming exhibitions and special offers
    • No group processing fees

    The National Geographic Museum is a member of  the American Bus Association (ABA), the National Tour Association (NTA), and the Student and Youth Travel Association (SYTA).

  • School and Youth Groups

    Reservations must be made at least 14 days before date of visit. One paid chaperone for every 10 students is required.

    Chaperone - $12.50 each (one chaperone for every 10 students is required)
    Students - $9.00 each (K-12 students outside D.C. Metro Area, and under graduate and graduate students)

    Students on school-sponsored trips from Washington, D.C., and the following counties and cities in Virginia and Maryland qualify for free admission:

    Anne Arundel County
    Calvert County
    Charles County
    Frederick County
    Howard County
    Montgomery County
    Prince George’s County
    St. Mary’s County

    Arlington County
    Fairfax County
    ​Fauquier County
    Loudoun County
    Prince William County
    Stafford County
    City of Alexandria
    City of Fairfax
    City of Falls Church
    City of Manassas
    City of Manassas Park

  • Accessibility

    Please call two weeks prior to your visit for sign language interpretation, captioning, or hearing assistance devices.

    The ramp to access the museum is located on M Street just east of 17th Street.

    A limited number of complimentary wheelchairs are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • Getting Here

    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.


    Bus Parking

    We do not have dedicated bus parking. However, you are welcome to pull in front of our main entrance located at 1145 17th Street NW just south of M Street to unload and load your bus.

    The District Department of Transportation has a wonderful website that can help guide you through your trip to the museum, including parking. Learn more on their website at; they can also be reached by phone at 202.671.0682. There is paid parking directly across the street for personal vehicles and the closest dedicated bus parking is on the southbound side of 15th Street between E Street NW and Constitution Avenue NW.

    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

    Driving Directions


  • Cancellation and Refund Policy

    No refunds will be made for cancellations made fewer than 14 days prior to your visit date. Reservations canceled more than 14 days in advance of your visit date are refundable in full. Please notify the Group Sales Office at 202-807-3232 of any changes to your reservation as soon as possible. Should you need to reschedule your visit or make changes to the number of tickets in your reservation, we will do our best to accommodate your needs.

  • Inclement Weather

    National Geographic 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. If the facility closes due to inclement weather, group reservations may be rescheduled by contacting the Group Sales Office. Individual ticket holders will be offered alternate viewing hours, which will be posted to National Geographic’s website and phone line as soon as possible.

  • During Your Visit

    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.

    This space cannot be reserved or booked and may close for private events without notice. Groups larger than 50 are not permitted to use this space and groups should not plan to use this space. 

    If groups bring their own lunch, they may eat in our courtyard, but not in the cafeteria.

  • Contact Group Sales

    Call 202-807-3232 or email

The National Geographic Museum is a Member of
National Tour AssociationAmerican Bus AssociationStudent and Youth Travel AssociationDestination DC