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The National Geographic
Museum & Headquarters

1145 17th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: 202-857-7700

Museum Hours
Monday – Sunday: 10 AM – 6 PM
Last ticket sold 5 PM
Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day

Ticket Office Hours
Monday – Friday: 10 AM – 4 PM

National Geographic Museum

About Your Visit

Exhibitions at the National Geographic Museum showcase bold people and transformative ideas in the fields of exploration, scientific research, storytelling, and education. With a wide range of changing exhibitions, the National Geographic Museum is a perfect destination for all ages. Visitors get to know the work of National Geographic conservationists, photographers, and scientists through engaging, dynamic exhibitions featuring everything from iconic photography and world-famous artifacts to interactive learning stations and behind-the-scenes stories.

Your general admission ticket to the museum allows access to all exhibitions currently on view. Live event tickets do not include entry to the museum unless stated.

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General Ticket Information

  • Museum Hours

    The National Geographic Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day except Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

    Last ticket sold at 5 p.m. daily.

    Please call 1-202-857-7700 with any questions. The Ticket Office is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

  • Event Tickets and Information

    You can purchase tickets online, over the phone Monday-Friday through our ticket office, or in person daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at our National Geographic Museum ticket desk. We recommend purchasing ahead of time, as many of our events sell out quickly. 

    Check event pages for start times and schedules. All upcoming D.C. events can be viewed here. For information about events outside of D.C., please visit

  • Directions & Parking


    National Geographic headquarters is located at 17th and M Streets, NW. The museum and store entrance is at 1145 17th Street; the Grosvenor Auditorium entrance is at 1600 M Street NW.

    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.


    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 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. 

  • 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.

    Captions are available for all video presented in our exhibitions. 

    For a quieter experience, we recommend visiting the museum between Tuesday and Thursday, or any weekday from January to March.

    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.

  • Group Sales

    Interested in booking as a group? Visit our Group Sales page.

  • During Your Visit

    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.

  • Museum Store

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

  • Inclement Weather

    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, National Geographic 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.

  • Gift Certificate

    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.

  • Contact Us

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

    Group Sales: 202-807-3232 |

    The National Geographic Store: 202-807-3428

Did you know?

of the proceeds from our exhibitions and events goes to support the National Geographic Society’s nonprofit educational, conservation, and scientific work.