Largely geared toward children but still enjoyable for adults, this small museum at National Geographic’s headquarters offers a handful of rotating exhibits combining the magazine’s exciting photography with discoveries in history, science and/or technology. Past exhibitions have included technology gleaned from the ancient Muslim world, and photos of the sunken Titanic.
While the museum does require admission (see above), special photography exhibitions in the Museum’s M Street gallery and outdoors are free. Science-focused 3-D movies are shown at the NGM, and require an additional $3. The on-site store offers a fabulous collection of toys, gadgets, books and games, and all proceeds benefit the global explorations and research of National Geographic Society.
There is limited, two-hour street parking available near the museum, as well as several public lots, and it’s within a few blocks in either direction of two Metrorail stations: Farragut North (serving the Red Line) and Farragut West (serving the Blue and Orange Lines).