National Geographic
Traveling Exhibition

Colors of the World

Selections from National Geographic’s Image Archive

About this Exhibition

Take a breathtaking visual journey through a rainbow of stunning photographs in National Geographic’s exhibition Colors of the World.

Our world is a kaleidoscope of color. From the hazy blues and greats of early morning light to the vivid purples and reds of sunset, a profusion of color envelops us every minute of every day—and yet we rarely stop to pay attention. Now this remarkable exhibition invites us to notice.

Each section, devoted to a specific color, includes an inspiring essay about its meaning, qualities, and symbolism, as well as engaging quotes and surprising insights. As you journey through this exhibition, linger over the pictures and give your eyes, your heart, your mind an unexpected gift.

Color can soothe us, color can energize us, color can even wow us, and, as we all know, everyone has a favorite color. Colors of the World is full of beautiful, amazing photographs--photographs guaranteed to make you look and smile--organized according to their predominant color.


  • 60 Photographs
  • Exhibition logo
  • Labels

Currently this exhibition is ONLY AVAILABLE as a fully curated digital package to license to the overseas markets. This is to eliminate shipping fees. International venues will be sent high-resolution files to print and produce with vendors of their choosing.

The Exhibition

Tour Schedule

Past Locations
Qatar Photographic Soceity
Doha, Qatar
January 1, 2015 - June 30, 2015
Riyadh International Exhibition Center
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
December 14, 2014 - December 20, 2014
Palazzo Ducale
Genoa, Italy
February 1, 2014 - March 31, 2014

Available Now for Digital Booking

Photograph by James L. Stanfield

This exhibition is currently available in digital format, open to international venues with the opportunity to host National Geographic exhibitions with customized display.

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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.


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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