National Geographic
Traveling Exhibition

Birds of Paradise

Amazing Avian Evolution

Tim Laman

About this Exhibition

In 2004, National Geographic photographer Tim Laman and Cornell University Lab of Ornithology scientist Edwin Scholes began a series of 15 targeted expeditions to document these bizarre birds.

More than a decade and 37 distinct geographic locations later, they are on the verge of completing the first comprehensive study of all 39 known species of birds of paradise. Coverage includes photographs of all varieties and several never-before documented behaviors and interactions.

The fascinating stories of groundbreaking research and adventure paired with amazing footage and photography are the foundation of this highly interactive exhibition. “Birds of Paradise” is a story of daring expeditions, world culture, extreme evolution, and conservation, as only National Geographic can present, with stunning imagery, compelling video, soundscapes, artifacts, and engaging educational activities for all ages.

Designed to appeal to a wide demographic of visitors, “Birds of Paradise” is a science exhibition, art show, and natural history display presented as one.


  • Large interactive exhibition with artifacts and multimedia

  • Videos featuring Tim Laman, Ed Scholes, and 39 bird species

  • Photographs

  • Panels / graphics

  • Carved board artifacts

  • Victorian Study artifacts, bird hats, mounts, skins

  • Interactive group games and robotics

  • A/V projectors, monitors, and speakers

  • Educator Guide

  • Student Journal

Minimum of 3 months
Minimum of 3 months
Minimum 12’ clearance
Minimum 12’ clearance
Books, DVDs, posters
Books, DVDs, posters
5,000-6,000 square feet
5,000-6,000 square feet
Opportunities available
Opportunities available

The Exhibition

Tour Schedule

Past Locations
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
Chicago, IL, US
January 18, 2018 - June 03, 2018
Museum of Discovery and Science
Fort Lauderdale, FL, US
May 27, 2017 - September 05, 2017
Perot Museum of Nature and Science
Dallas, TX, US
October 07, 2016 - January 08, 2017
Natural History Museum of Utah
Salt Lake City, UT, US
September 09, 2015 - January 03, 2016
New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science
Albuquerque, NM, US
January 24, 2015 - August 16, 2015
Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
Philadelphia, PA, US
May 03, 2014 - September 01, 2014
North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
Raleigh, NC, US
October 13, 2013 - March 23, 2014
Dennos Museum Center
Traverse City, MI, US
June 06, 2013 - September 22, 2013
National Geographic Museum
Washington, DC, US
November 01, 2012 - May 12, 2013

Guides Available

Walk your classroom through the exhibition or learn more about the exhibition with these provided guides.

Educator's Guide   Exhibition Guide


In Partnership With
Logo of Cornell Lab of Ornithology

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.


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 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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