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National Geographic Museum Reopens in February, Offers Free Admission


The National Geographic Museum is scheduled to reopen to the public on Wednesday, February 16, after remaining closed since March 2020 due to the COVID-19 crisis. 

Admissions to the museum will be free during the month of February for anyone if they register in advance at

“To say we’ve missed our visitors would be an understatement,” said Kathryn Keane, who is in charge of public programming at the National Geographic Society, in a release earlier this month. “We are so excited to safely open our doors to visitors again for the first time in nearly two years with two brand new exhibitions as well as a complete renovation of the Museum store.” 

Guests will be able to visit the museum Wednesdays through Sundays between 10 am and 5 pm. Timed tickets will be available every 15 minutes.

Among the health and safety measures taken onsite are enhanced air-filtration systems, sanitizer dispensers, and more.

It is mandatory to wear face masks in the museum for everyone over the age of two regardless of their vaccination status, as per DC Health guidelines.

The two new exhibitions that will be available starting February 16 are:

  • Once Upon a Climb: Stories of Everest which features first-person accounts of people who have climbed Mount Everest, the world’s tallest mountain, through a multi-screen projection. 
  • The Greatest Wildlife Photographs consisting of around 70 best wildlife pictures selected from the National Geographic magazine that includes the very first nighttime wildlife photograph taken in 1900 by George Shiras.

The museum is located at 17th and M Streets, NW. For further information on how to visit, click here.

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