National Geographic
Traveling Exhibition

New Age of Exploration

Photograph by Wes C. Skiles

About this Exhibition

Since its founding in 1888, National Geographic has inspired explorers from around the world. Celebrate nearly 130 years of vivid storytelling through stunning photography and video.

From the earliest Society sponsored expeditions to the polar regions and Machu Picchu to James Cameron’s recent dive to the deepest spot on Earth, the Mariana Trench; follow Geographic’s continuing exploration of world environments and cultures.

This exhibit focuses on the impact that the National Geographic Society has made on the world and how it has reported and reflected a dramatically changing planet. Special panels focus on storytelling techniques pioneered by National Geographic, including photography, television, and digital reportage. These offer behind-the-scenes glimpses at the process of telling the greatest stories on earth.


  • 150 Photographs and labels
  • Maps panel
  • 125 Moments panel
  • Society’s Founders panel
  • Map file of where NG has been in the world

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.

Minimum of three months
Minimum of three months
Catalogue, book, DVDs
Catalogue, book, DVDs
300 running meters
300 running meters
Opportunities available
Opportunities available
Three 2:00-3:00 minute videos
Three 2:00-3:00 minute videos

The Exhibition

Tour Schedule

Upcoming Location
Telefonica Fundación
Madrid, Spain
November 06, 2018 - February 10, 2019
Past Locations
Natural History Museum: "La Legende"
Paris, France
May 02, 2017 - September 18, 2017
Museu del Tabac d'Andorra
Sant Julia de Loria, Andorra
June 04, 2015 - October 31, 2015
Kalmer Castle
Allerød, Denmark
June 01, 2015 - October 31, 2015
Canon Gallery & Takasaki Museum
Takasaki, Japan
July 01, 2014 - September 30, 2014
Aquarium Finisterrae-Science
La Coruña, Spain
November 21, 2013 - January 31, 2014
Lumiere Brothers Museum
Moskva, Russia
October 01, 2013 - December 23, 2013
National Geographic Store
Madrid, Spain
October 01, 2013 - November 30, 2013
NS Railway Stations
Amsterdam, Netherlands
September 01, 2013 - May 31, 2014
Copenhagen, Denmark
June 21, 2013 - July 28, 2013
Jeju Island Resort Korea
Jeju, South Korea
June 01, 2013 - December 15, 2014
Georgian National Museum
Tbilisi, Georgia
April 22, 2013 - May 10, 2013

Global Exhibition: Digital Delivery

Photograph by Maria Stenzel

For our international partners, 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. This model is currently only available for our international partners and is ideal for photography, video, and panel-based shows. Partners will also be provided with production guidelines for printing and mounting the exhibition.

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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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