National Geographic Museum
With a wide range of changing exhibitions, the National Geographic Museum is an ideal destination for curious people of all ages. Visitors from across the globe are welcome to come experience the work of National Geographic through engaging, dynamic exhibitions featuring everything from iconic photography and world-famous artifacts to interactive learning stations and behind-the-scenes stories.
100% of the proceeds from our exhibitions support our nonprofit educational, conservation, and scientific work.
The museum and store entrance is located at 1145 17th Street NW, Washington, DC 20036.
Student/Senior (62+)/Military: $16
Child (5–12): $12
Child Under 5: Free
Entry to the museum includes access to all exhibitions currently on view.
Monday – Sunday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. EST
Last ticket sold 4 p.m. EST
Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day
Phone: (202) 857-7700
Frequently Asked Questions
National Geographic headquarters is located at 17th and M Streets, NW. The museum and store entrance is at 1145 17th Street.
Public Transportation National Geographic is committed to promoting the use of sustainable transportation as a way to reduce local traffic congestion and air pollution. Please consider some of the District’s alternative transportation options, which can be found on goDCgo.com’s interactive map. National Geographic is located a few blocks from the Farragut North metro station on the Red Line. National Geographic is also near Farragut West on the Blue, Orange, or Silver Lines and a variety of MetroBus and DC Circulator stops.
Bikes Bicycle parking is available at bike racks on M Street.
We do not offer parking on site at the museum. To find parking near us, we recommend SpotHero.
We do not store bags or any other personal items. We do offer a small coat rack and umbrella bins; National Geographic does not assume liability for any items left and storage in these areas is at your own risk.
There is no food or drink allowed inside the museum.
Our photography policy varies depending on our current exhibitions. Please visit the exhibition 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.
“Beyond King Tut: The Immersive Experience” takes guests on a journey through 3,000 years of Egyptian history using cinematic projections and light displays. The experience starts with a journey that winds visitors through visual galleries to learn about the King’s life, descend into his tomb, and venture though the afterlife.
Will there be artifacts on display?
“Beyond King Tut” is not an artifact exhibition, as we allow the treasures from Tut’s tomb to remain in in their country of origin. This show goes BEYOND a traditional artifact display and uses the power of photography and multimedia to create a time traveling adventure of discovery.
At this time, we have limited availability and are sold out of group time slots before 2:00 pm. We are also unable to accommodate groups over 50 people.
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 – 100 people), please fill out the group reservation request form.
All group reservations must be made at least two weeks in advance.
Group sales rates are as follows:
Students and Youth: $10
Additional discounts are available for tour operators, DC area schools, and Title 1 Schools. All group reservations are subject to a $5 reservation fee. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The National Geographic Museum Store is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST every day the museum is open.
Take National Geographic home with you by visiting our museum store. Find captivating books and unique handmade products from around the globe and leave with travel accessories that will help guide you on your way.
Your dollars make our work possible: Funds from your purchase directly support our efforts in science, exploration, education, and storytelling.
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, the museum 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.
- Refunds and exchanges can be requested up to 24 hours before your visit. To request, please email email@example.com. If you are requesting an exchange, please include your order number and preferred new date and time for your visit.
- This does not apply if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. In such cases, we will automatically refund your ticket.
Masks are recommended for all visitors over the age of 2, but not required. We offer styluses to be used with interactive exhibit elements and have sanitation stations throughout the museum.
“Beyond King Tut: The Immersive Experience” will be visiting a variety of locations including Boston, MA, Los Angeles, CA, Vancouver, BC, and more. To find a location in a city near you, please visit: BeyondKingTut.com.
Photo Credits from top of page: Mark Thiessen. Below: Michael Nichols, Andy Mann, Paul Nicklen, Ami Vitale, Christian Tryon, Kenneth Garrett, Mark Thiessen.