National Geographic

Explorers Festival

June 15-18, 2017

Photograph by Robbie Shone

Each year, the National Geographic Explorers Festival brings together the most fascinating and innovative scientists, conservationists, explorers, and storytellers to share—with one another, and with the world—how their discoveries and ideas are creating change for the better.

The 2017 Explorers Festival has come to a close, but you can still watch the explorers in action, hear their stories, explore their groundbreaking ideas, and learn how they’re making a difference in the world.

Festival Events At a Glance

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Videos and Stories

Did you miss this year’s Explorers Festival? Catch up here on conversations with the world's most fascinating and innovative scientists, conservationists, explorers, and storytellers.

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Explorers Festival Speakers

Check out 2017’s incredible line-up. Speakers include Sylvia Earle, Kenny Broad, and more.

Meet Our Speakers

National Geographic Museum

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The National Geographic Museum is great for all ages and features a wide range of changing exhibitions, from interactive experiences to stunning photography showcases featuring the work of National Geographic explorers, photographers, and scientists. Our current exhibitions include Earth Explorers, Sharks: On Assignment with Brian Skerry, and National Geographic: Exploration Starts Here. The National Geographic Museum is open every day of the year except Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

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PhotoS: Breakthrough panel by Randall Scott, SYLVIA EARLE BY Rebecca hale, and SHARKs EXHIBITION BY MARK THIESSEN