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The National Geographic Society is one of the largest non-profit scientific and educational organizations in the world and is famous for its ever-present magazines. Who doesn't enjoy leafing through National Geographic's magazines with their stories and high-resolution pictures while bored sitting in the waiting room?

National Geographic is more than just their magazines; they also have a museum in Washington, D.C., that everyone should visit. National Geographic's Museum is one of the top things that should be part of anyone's Washington, D.C. itinerary. There is more than the famed Smithsonian Museums to explore while in the nation's capital.


National Geographic's Washington, D.C. Museum

National Geographic was founded in 1888 and covers geography, archeology, and natural science while pushing historical and environmental conservation. It is a joint venture with Walt Disney and has TV channels and other media operations like its magazine and website.

Their programs are of such quality that many never tire of them.

For many, National Geographic has been the inspiration for traveling and for beginning a career in science. For others, its magazines and its documentaries have been a way of virtually traveling from one's couch or from the waiting room.

  • Founded: In 1888

For those drafting up a bucket list of things to see and do while in Washington, D.C., the National Geographic Museum is a must. The museum is located inside their headquarters, where all the centralized action happens. People come from far and wide to see their excellent collections of artifacts and interactive learning stations, as well as behind-the-scenes stories.

All the proceeds from the exhibitions go into their nonprofit education, scientific, and conservation work.

The National Geographic Museum is an ideal destination for people of all ages. It is a place where visitors get acquainted with National Geographic's conservationists, scientists, and conservationists through its exhibitions.

The museum has changing exhibitions on the work of National Geographic explorers, photographers, and scientists.

Permanent exhibits have artifacts like the camera Robert Peary used at the North Pole. Other artifacts include pottery that Jacques Cousteau recovered from a shipwreck. While the National Geographic Museum may not be the typical archeological museum, it is a rewarding museum offering a different experience.

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"Beyond King Tut: The Immersive Experience"

The National Geographic Museum is a great place to delve into the rich and deep history of Ancient Egypt. Their "Beyond King Tut: The Immersive Experience" journeys through some 3,000 years of history and is their current exhibit as of August 2022 (check their website for current exhibits for the dates of one's planned to visit). The exhibit makes use of cinematic projections and light displays.

Start with the visual galleries and learn about the famous but ill-fated King Tut's life. Go down into his tomb and then venture through his afterlife.

It should be noted that there are no ancient Egyptian artifacts on display as National Geographic allows the treasures from his tomb to remain in their country of origin. Instead, it seeks to make up for the lack of traditional artifacts by using photography and multimedia to time travel through ancient history. It is not necessary to see ancient Egyptian mummies to really learn about the history of Ancient Egypt.

The "Beyond King Tut: The Immersive Experience" will also be visiting other locations around North America, like Boston, Los Angeles, Vancouver, and other destinations.

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Planning Your Visit To The National Geographic Museum

The museum is open every day from 10.00 am to 6.00 pm, with the last entry being at 5.00 pm. One should check their website to see what the current exhibits are and what events may be on.

  • Opening Hours: 10.00 am to 6.00 pm Daily
  • Closed: Thanksgiving and Christmas Day


  • Adult: $20.00
  • Child: $12.00 (Aged 5 to 12 - under five are Free)

The National Geographic Museum is situated just a short walk from the Farragut North metro station on the Red Line. There is no parking at the museum.

  • Address: 1145 17th Street NW, Washington, D.C.

The museum also has a museum store that is open during museum hours. It has captivating books, unique handmade products from all around the world, and miscellaneous travel accessories.

The museum is an excellent place to learn what National Geographic is all about and its mission.