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Traveling Exhibition

Greatest Photographs of the American West

Photograph by Bruce Dale

About this Exhibition

While no single institution can assume credit for the diverse and complex associations that attach to the simple phrase the “American West,” throughout its almost 130-year history, National Geographic has published photographs that support and defy romantic notions of the land and its peoples. National Geographic consistently reminds people of the importance of the region to human imagination.

Wide open spaces, spectacular rock formations, and the cowboy life are examined alongside struggles for limited natural resources, Native American cultural continuity, and new energy sources. The images shown in this exhibition, a small sample from the significant holdings of the National Geographic archive, offer a broad understanding of a region that has long captivated photographers.

ADDITIONAL CONTENT
Speaker opportunities available
ADDITIONAL CONTENT
Speaker opportunities available
CONTENT
75 photographs, labels, text panels
CONTENT
75 photographs, labels, text panels
DURATION
minimum of 3 months
DURATION
minimum of 3 months
RELATED PRODUCTS
National Geographic Greatest Photographs of the American West: Capturing 125 years of Majesty, Spirit and Adventure
RELATED PRODUCTS
National Geographic Greatest Photographs of the American West: Capturing 125 years of Majesty, Spirit and Adventure
SIZE
3,000 square feet
SIZE
3,000 square feet

The Exhibition


Tour Schedule

Upcoming Location
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
Oklahoma City, OK, US
August 22, 2019 - November 03, 2019
Past Locations
Baker Arts Center
Liberal, KS, US
December 01, 2017 - January 19, 2018
Washakie Museum
Worland, WY, US
June 02, 2016 - September 02, 2016
Berkshire Museum
Pittsfield, MA, US
September 19, 2015 - January 03, 2016
Tamastslikt Cultural Institute
Pendleton, OR, US
August 22, 2014 - October 25, 2014
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art
Eugene, OR, US
September 26, 2013 - December 31, 2013

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Frequently Asked Questions

Exhibition Types

From large, interactive exhibitions to elegant photography shows, National Geographic offers high-quality traveling exhibitions to meet the needs of institutions both small and large. Working together with photographers, explorers, and other partners, National Geographic creates exhibitions covering a wide range of topics with appeal for multiple audiences. Nearly any size venue can be accommodated, from 200 linear feet for a small photo show to an 8,000-square-foot, interactive exhibition.

Booking

To book a traveling exhibition, fill out the booking request form. A member of our Exhibitions team will respond within one business day to discuss your venue’s interest in a National Geographic Exhibition, to outline fees and logistics including shipping, and to answer any additional questions you may have. 

A traveling exhibition manager will walk you through the process of selecting the right exhibition space to meet your programmatic goals. This includes providing you with detailed object lists with images for your review and examining the schedule to find out what is available during your desired time frame.

The next step is to fill out a standard facilities report, which we will provide you. This report helps National Geographic evaluate the characteristics of your display space to ensure the proper environment and security are in place to host a National Geographic exhibition. For larger exhibitions the report also helps determine if your venue can support the logistical needs required, such as ceiling height, storage space, electrical needs, loading dock specifics, and other useful information that makes hosting an exhibition possible.

Cost and Schedule

A typical hosting period is 12-16 weeks. The loan fee ranges with the size and complexity of the exhibition selected. Please connect with us via the booking request form to discuss specific loan fees and timing.  

Shipping

Shipping arrangements are made by National Geographic in consultation with the venue and may be included in the exhibition loan fee. If shipping is not included in the loan fee, the exhibitor will pay for the cost of inbound shipping. A list of crates with their sizes and contents are provided to the venue to assist in installation planning. For larger exhibitions where multiple tractor trailers are used, a detailed truck pack plan is provided to the venue in advance to assist in installation preparations and staging plans. The traveling exhibitions manager will identify any manpower and special equipment needs for unloading and loading at the exhibitor’s location.

Installation Requirements

Installation requirements vary considerably depending on the size and complexity of the exhibition. For smaller photography exhibitions, installation may take only a few days with minimal staff. For larger exhibitions with exhibition furniture, audio, visual elements, and artifacts, it may take two weeks. A traveling exhibition manager will work closely with you and your staff to develop a detailed installation and de-installation plan tailored to your needs and exhibition characteristics.

Marketing and Promotion

Once a contract is executed, National Geographic provides access to exhibition marketing assets and can provide guidance on usage and strategy. All materials produced by the host venue must be approved by National Geographic before being produced for public consumption.

International Venues

National Geographic works with many partners worldwide, and has placed exhibitions in nearly 40 countries, viewed by more than 15 million visitors to-date. Please connect with us via the booking request form and the Global Manager for Traveling Exhibitions will be in touch with more information to help your desired show.

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