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
Panels / graphics
Carved board artifacts
Victorian Study artifacts, bird hats, mounts, skins
Interactive group games and robotics
A/V projectors, monitors, and speakers