Geckos: Tails to Toepads

  • Date
    September 24, 2010 – January 5, 2011
  • Location Washington, D.C.
  • Price Free Admission on Wednesdays (day-of tickets available on a first-come first-serve basis); Adults - $7; Groups(25+)/members/military/seniors (over62)/students - $6; Children (ages 2-12) - $4; K-12 school groups - $4; Unlimited access pass (not available for sale online) - $20

Past Event

Photo: Giant Day Gecko
Giant day gecko

Photograph by Bill Love

More than 70 live geckos have set up residence at National Geographic Museum. The geckos represent 18 species from all over the world and include such superlatives as the peacock day gecko and the satanic leaf-tailed gecko. Through a series of computer and tactile interactives visitors can experience gecko night vision, magnify gecko toepads, listen to gecko sounds, activate video clips of geckos in action, try to spot camouflaged geckos, and build a custom gecko for various environments.

Make the most of your gecko adventure! Check out a free Family Explorer Backpack from the ticket counter to embark on a first-rate scavenger hunt or time your visit to take advantage of an up-close-and-personal gecko discussion daily at 2pm.

Join Museum staff for Reading Time in Geckos: Tails to Toepads each Saturday and Sunday at 11 a.m. Pull up a gecko bean bag chair and enjoy a Balinese or Hawaiian folk tale featuring the various gecko species on view. After hearing the story discuss the plot, theme, and characters with other visitors. A different book will be featured every day.

Thanks to National Geographic Explorer Magazine all teachers who book a school group trip will be provided with complimentary copies for their classroom. Each publication provides important science lessons and vocabulary words.

Generous support has been provided by Amtrak, GEICO and The Madison, the Official Hotel Partner of the National Geographic Museum. The Washington Nationals are the Museum’s promotional partner. Geckos: Tails to Toepads was created by Peeling Productions at Clyde Peeling’s Reptiland.

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  • Illustration of gecko mask.
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    Check out the gecko facts, photos, and games on the National Geographic Kids website. Don’t forget to vote for a name for the Museum’s pet gecko!

  • Photo: A group of students on a field trip.
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