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TEMPORARILY CLOSED: Exploration Starts Here

Permanent Exhibition
About this Exhibition

Where and when did exploration get its start at National Geographic?

Find out in "National Geographic: Exploration Starts Here," a permanent exhibition showcasing the greatest hits from our long and storied history of discovery. Go on expedition alongside our scientists, adventurers, and storytellers to discover where we've been and how much further we plan to go. Examine artifacts like the camera Robert Peary used at the North Pole and pots recovered from a shipwreck by Jacques-Yves Cousteau. Watch video from the top of Mount Everest and Jane Goodall's research camp. And learn the untold stories behind the discoveries of Machu Picchu and the Titanic.

Come see where exploration starts!

Permanent Exhibition

Open Daily
10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

1600 M Street NW
Washington, DC 20039

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  • National Geographic Museum

    Open Daily
    10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

  • Accessibility

    A wheelchair ramp is located on the M Street side of the museum’s main building. Automatic doors are on the 17th Street side. Wheelchairs are available at the ticket desk on a first-come, first-serve basis.

    Please call the National Geographic Ticket Office at 202-857-7700 at least two weeks prior to your visit to request sign language interpretation, captioning, or hearing assistance devices.

  • Museum store

    The National Geographic Museum Store is open from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. every day the museum is open.

  • Visiting info

    This exhibit is located in the M St. building lobby.