National Geographic
Traveling Exhibition

Photo Ark

Photographs by Joel Sartore

About this Exhibition

Photo Ark is a multi-year National Geographic project with a simple goal—to create portraits of the world’s species before they disappear and to inspire people to care. Each image is a visual connection between the animals and people who can help protect them.

With ingenuity and wit, National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore is creating portraits of an estimated 12,000 species of birds, fish, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates. creatures to date, with more to come. Many of the animals live in the world's zoos and aquariums—among the last places on Earth dedicated to ensuring their survival. This exhibition features many iconic images and allows visitors to follow Sartore around the world on this exciting and important project.


Joel Sartore is a photographer, speaker, author, teacher, conservationist, 24-year contributor to National Geographic magazine, and a National Geographic Fellow. He has traveled to every continent and specializes in documenting endangered species and landscapes. Simply put, he is on a mission to document endangered species to show a world worth saving. “Every year I see more habitat loss, more species consumed for food, medicine or simply decoration,” says Sartore. “The Photo Ark was born out of desperation to halt, or at least slow, the loss of global biodiversity.”


  • 44 portraits

  • 7 text panels

  • Elevations & wall layouts

  • Title treatment

  • SHORT FILMS Behind the Scenes with Joel; and beautifully orchestrated clips of various species

The Exhibition

Tour Schedule

Current Location
National Museum of Natural Sciences
Madrid, Spain
September 3, 2018 - January 8, 2019
Upcoming Locations
Ljubljana Castle
Ljubljana, Slovenia
October 18, 2018 - January 18, 2019
Fort Collins Museum of Discovery
Fort Collins, CO, US
October 19, 2018 - January 6, 2019
Warsaw Expo center
October 20, 2018 - October 22, 2018
National Stadium Warsaw
Warszawa, Poland
October 23, 2018 - November 11, 2018
Preston Arts Center
Henderson, KY, US
January 24, 2019 - March 16, 2019
South Florida Museum
Bradenton, FL, US
April 6, 2019 - August 19, 2019
David Brower Center
Berkeley, CA, US
September 19, 2019 - February 4, 2020
Past Locations
Liquidity Wines
Okanagan Falls, BC, Canada
June 23, 2018 - September 4, 2018
Bruce Museum
Greenwich, CT, US
June 2, 2018 - September 2, 2018
Parco della Musica
Rome, Italy
December 8, 2017 - April 22, 2018
War Memorial of Korea
Seoul, South Korea
November 10, 2017 - May 27, 2018
University of Iowa Natural History Museum
Iowa City, IA, US
November 6, 2017 - May 27, 2018
University of Porto, Casa Andresen
Porto, Portugal
October 1, 2017 - July 1, 2018
Den Haag, Netherlands
October 1, 2017 - June 10, 2018
Texas A&M University
College Station, TX, US
October 1, 2017 - April 30, 2018
Melbourne Zoo
Parkville, Australia
July 1, 2017 - October 1, 2017
National Museum of Wildlife Art
Jackson, WY, US
June 10, 2017 - August 20, 2017
Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino
Las Vegas, NV, US
March 12, 2017 - September 4, 2017
San Diego Natural History Museum
San Diego, CA, US
December 17, 2016 - April 30, 2017

Global Exhibition: Digital Delivery

Photograph by Rebecca Hale

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.

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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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