Shout Out: Nat Geo Museum

27 Dec

$7 not only gets you admission into the gecko exhibit but also this great mask!

A while back I wrote about great local museums that charge admission, and for some unknown reason I forgot to mention the National Geographic Museum. So I thought I’d give it its very own post, especially since I recently visited and had an oh-so-fabulous time.

To be honest, I really had no great desire to see the museum’s current gecko exhibit—which ends January 5—but my boyfriend is a big fan of lizards so I went to be nice. And what do you know, I had an excellent time! They have over 70 geckos housed in really well-done displays including an albino gecko, my personal favorite. What I really like about Nat Geo in general is that it’s pretty small—and therefore not overwhelming—and it’s also not too crowded. The gecko exhibit is, I guess, geared toward kids, but I really enjoyed it.

The other exhibit currently going on—Wild Music—was free so we wandered over there and spent a good half hour banging on instruments and what-not. Again, it was geared toward kids, but I can’t imagine any child having more fun than I did. The only negative was that when I was taking a melody quiz at one of the stations, it kept telling me that I was getting the answers wrong and that most infants know how to differentiate melodies. Um, are you trying to hurt my feelings?

The Wild Music exhibit ends January 2, so if you’re interested you’ll need to go soon. The museum is located at 17th and M in NW. It’s walkable from the Farragut North Metro station (Red Line) and Farragut West (Orange/Blue Lines). Street parking isn’t usually too difficult to find as long as you’re willing to walk a few blocks. Tip: The museum is free on Wednesdays (though it’s also more crowded).

The exhibit after geckos will open February 2. It’s a touring exhibition called America I AM: The African American Imprint.

After the museum my boyfriend and I grabbed lunch and headed over to E Street Cinema for a movie. I must say, it was a wonderful Sunday afternoon.

One Response to “Shout Out: Nat Geo Museum”

  1. Barb Nelson December 27, 2010 at 1:56 pm #

    and in addition to having fun you got to impersonate at gecko !!!

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