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Do DC with Kids Visits The National Geographic Museum

I’ve always been a fan of National Geographic, I was a subscriber to the magazine in middle school while my cooler peers were reading seventeen magazine. I think this early intro to photography, adventure and science with the exclusion of fashion explains a lot about who I am today. All this to say I was and I’m still am a huge fan of National Geographic, a publication that helped me be my nerdiest self. So going to the National Geographic Museum was something I’ve been looking forward to. I’m not really sure why it’s taken me so long to visit, but the current kid friendly exhibit helped to lure me in.

The National Geographic Museum in Washington DC

The National Geographic Museum in Washington DC

Ooey gets up close and personal with a penguin at the Earth Explorers Exhibit at the National Geographic Museum.

The National Geographic Museum is located in Dupont Circle in Washington DC. The closest nearby attractions are the White House and the Renwick Museum. The museum itself is housed in the headquarters of the National Geographic Society. There is a cafe inside but I would recommend eating at the nearby; Moxies, Little Sesame or Kramerbooks & Afterwards Cafe,  all good options.

The museum has space for two exhibits which change periodically. There are also photos along the outside of the building and an additional exhibit about the history of the magazine in the lobby of their headquarters next door.

Earth Explorers on display until September 17th 2017

Earth Explorers at the National Geographic Museum

National Geographic Earth Explorers, Science Center of Iowa. (Christopher Gannon/Gannon Visuals) — shot by Christopher Gannon on 9/25/13 in Des Moines, IA Shot for GES

Earth explorers is a hands on exhibit where children can immerse themselves into 6 scenarios. They can use a submarine to explore the depths of the ocean or board a hot air ballon to follow animal migrations in Africa.

Ooey was most enamored with a jeep, in the rear view mirror were lions chasing behind us. We took turns driving, she directing who was to do what, and we “drove” around while flipping switches and yelling about the giant cats that appeared to be following us.

The National Geographic Museum in Washington DC

Ooey rearranges the furniture inside her Antarctic research station.

Next we took a trip to the Antarctic and monitored penguins from inside our survey shack. Ooey loved the replica of the Polar Bear which loomed outside our faux office.

Sharks: On Assignment with Brian Skerry on display until October 1st 2017

So, I really appreciated Earth Explorers but Sharks stole the show. The room was filed with replicas and biopics about unique species of sharks throughout the world. In the center of the room was a faux cage where you could pretend you were cage diving. Stepping into the cage you are immersed in the underwater realm of sharks, they are massive. I couldn’t help but feel a little uneasy. Seeing a Great White swimming at you is troubling and exciting all at the same time, even if it was a movie.

The National Geographic Museum in Washington DC

Diving with sharks at the National Geographic Museum.

Ooey’s favorite new move is to walk herself around in her little umbrella stroller. The gif below shows her reconsidering her decision to get so close to a Great White, I laughed a bit.

 

Upcoming Exhibits

Wild: Michael Nichols October 12th 2017-January 12th 2018

Wildlife photography that has changed the way we view animals.

Tomb of Christ November 15th 2017- August 15th 2018

An immersive 3-D interactive experiment that will transport you to Jerusalem.

Getting There

The National Geographic Museum
1145 17th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036
202-857-7700

Farragut North is the nearest Metro stop, red line.

Admission $10-15, children 5 and under are free

About the cover image 

Photo by Brian Skerry/National Geographic

Joe Romeiro captures close-up video of an oceanicwhitetip swimming off Cat Island, one of the only knownhotspots for these elusive sharks. Oceanic whitetipsearned a reputation as killers and are often hunted fortheir fins. Their numbers have been in decline for years,with an estimated 93 percent population decline between 1995 and 2010. For exhibition information and to learn about Skerry’s new book Shark, click here.

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