Museum is temporarily closed

The National Geographic Society is closely monitoring the rise in COVID-19 cases as a result of the Delta variant.
The health, safety, and well-being of our patrons and staff is our top priority; therefore, the National Geographic Museum will remain closed until further notice.
Once it is safe to do so, we look forward to opening our doors with the premiere of two brand new exhibitions. 

Come Explore

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.


Wednesday – 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

Ticket Office

Wednesday – Sunday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. EST

Phone: 202-857-7700

Museum Store

Wednesday – Sunday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. EST

Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day

Phone: 202-807-3428


General Information

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’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 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.

Parking Parking is not available for museum or 3D film ticket holders. Free underground parking (garage located on M Street between 16th and 17th Streets NW) is available for evening and weekend event ticket holders beginning one hour prior to the event, unless otherwise stated. You must show proof of purchase to access the garage. When turning at the corner of 16th Street and M Street onto M Street, the entrance to underground parking is immediately on the left.

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.

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.

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.

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

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we cannot accomodate group sales or large parties at this time.

The National Geographic Ticket Office: (202) 857-7700   |   |   Wednesday–Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET

Group Sales: (202) 807-3232   |

The National Geographic Store: (202) 807-3428

Photo Credits from top of page: Mark Thiessen. Below: Michael Nichols, Andy Mann, Paul Nicklen, Ami Vitale, Christian Tryon, Kenneth Garrett, Mark Thiessen.

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