The rotating exhibits at the National Geographic Museum in Washington D.C. ensure that this museum is always fresh. Washington D.C. is filled with excellent museums, but this often-overlooked gem is worth carving out an hour or two enjoy.
The National Geographic Museum has two large exhibit spaces that change every few months. You could visit often and find new things to enjoy each time.
When I took my kids for an afternoon visit in July, we enjoyed two exhibits: Peruvian Gold and A New Age of Exploration. I was glad we started with Peruvian Gold. We enjoyed looking at death masks, gold crowns, jewelry, and some amazing woven tapestries and dolls dating back over 1000 years old. I loved this section, but my younger kids were less interested in the ancient history.
At the A New Age of Exploration exhibit, my kids loved the bright pictures on the wall. We especially enjoyed the wall of cover photos from National Geographic Magazine over the years and spent a lot of time looking at each photo.
The walls of the National Geographic Museum are packed with information. I loved that we got an education about the amazing world around us everywhere we turned.
The interactive screens and movies in the New Age of Exploration exhibit are a hit with kids. Near the 11-foot globe, we explored the map screens to find our home address, and also to entertain the little ones while I read all the interesting details on the walls.
Good to Know
Where: 1145 17th Street, NW (17th and M), Washington, DC
When: 10:00-6:00, daily.
How long: Plan on 1.5-2 hours.
How much: $11/adults, $7/kids (ages 5-12). Discounts available for students and National Geographic members.
Transportation: Riding the metro to Farragut North or Farragut West would be easiest route. Limited metered parking is available nearby, and there are a few parking garages but some were full the afternoon I visited.
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