National Geographic
Traveling Exhibition

Monster Fish

In Search of the Last River Giants

About this Exhibition

Stunning life-size sculptures, video installations, and evocative illustrations introduce visitors to more than 20 species—each measuring at least six feet long and weighing at least 200 pounds. Visitors will embark on a global journey to storied river basins with explorer and ecologist Zeb Hogan on his quest to find, research, and protect freshwater giants. From dispelling legends of man-eating fish to examining the role of sport fishermen as environmental stewards, this interactive exhibition tackles the big challenges facing these remarkable fish and their struggle to survive and thrive.


  • Five LARGE life-size models: Freshwater Sawfish (20 feet), Arapaima (14 feet), Goonch Catfish (12 feet), Giant Carp (10 Feet), and Mississippi Paddlefish (7 feet)

  • Interactive fish market

  • Field Research Station

  • Fishing and cultural objects from around the world

  • Tactile and digital interactives

  • Subject areas: Biology, ecology, field research cultural practices, economy, sustainability & conservation

  • Educator Guide

The Exhibition

Tour Schedule

Upcoming Locations
OdySea Aquarium
Scottsdale, AZ, US
November 10, 2018 - May 5, 2019
Fernbank Museum of Natural History
Atlanta, GA, US
June 8, 2019 - August 18, 2019
Exploration Place
Wichita, KS, US
May 29, 2021 - September 6, 2021
Past Locations
Dennos Museum Center
Traverse City, MI, US
June 16, 2018 - October 7, 2018
Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science
Miami, FL, US
October 28, 2017 - May 20, 2018
National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium
Dubuque, IA, US
May 13, 2017 - October 9, 2017
Tennessee Aquarium
Chattanooga, TN, US
October 1, 2016 - March 1, 2017
The Discovery
Reno, NV, US
November 14, 2015 - September 5, 2016
National Geographic Museum
Washington, DC, US
March 25, 2015 - October 11, 2015

Frequently Asked Questions

Exhibition Types

National Geographic offers high-quality traveling exhibitions to meet the needs of institutions both small and large. Working with photographers, explorers, and other partners in the fields of exploration, technology, education, and storytelling, National Geographic creates exhibitions covering a wide range of topics to appeal to multiple audiences.

For venues located outside of the United States, National Geographic offers digitally delivered content packages. This option eliminates international shipping fees by providing partners with a secure link to download their exhibition files and production guidelines for printing and mounting the exhibition.

For partners located within the United States, a printed and crated exhibition will be shipped to your venue, ready to hang.


To book a traveling exhibition, fill out the booking request form. A member of our traveling exhibitions team will respond within one business day to discuss your venue’s interest, 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 to meet your programmatic goals and space. This includes providing you with detailed object lists with images for your review and reviewing 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 3-4 months. 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 as there may be some flexibility.  


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. The traveling exhibitions 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 released for public consumption. Additionally, the credit line must be present in all marketing materials in a prominent location. The credit line shall read:

[EXHIBITION NAME] is developed and traveled by the National Geographic Society.

International Venues

National Geographic has placed exhibitions in more than 40 countries worldwide, which has been viewed by millions of visitors. Content for the exhibitions are provided via digital delivery; thereby eliminating costly customs and shipping fees. Please connect with us via the booking request form and the manager for international traveling exhibitions will be in touch with more information regarding available shows.

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