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Traveling Exhibition Photography Exhibition

Rarely Seen

Photographs of the Extraordinary
Shot by some of the world’s finest photographers: striking images of places and natural phenomena seldom seen by human eyes.
Also available digitally for venues outside the U.S.
Traveling Exhibition Photography Exhibition

Rarely Seen

Photographs of the Extraordinary
Shot by some of the world’s finest photographers: striking images of places and natural phenomena seldom seen by human eyes.
Also available digitally for venues outside the U.S.

Photograph by Joel Sartore

About this Exhibition

The latest entry in National Geographic’s iconic line of large-format photography books reveals some of the world’s most astounding phenomena—from the desert flower that blooms only once a year to a priceless Egyptian artifact buried for years in King Tut’s tomb. In the exhibition of visual wonders, National Geographic reveals a world very few have the chance to see for themselves.

Shot by some of the world’s finest photographers, “Rarely Seen” features striking images of places, events, natural phenomena, and man-made heirlooms seldom seen by human eyes. It’s all here: 30,000-year-old cave art sealed from the public; animals that are among the last of their species on Earth; volcanic lightning; giant crystals that have grown to more than 50 tons; the engraving inside Abraham Lincoln’s pocket watch. With an introduction by veteran National Geographic photographer Stephen Alvarez, whose work has taken him from the Peruvian Andes to the deepest caves of Papua New Guinea, this exhibition captures once-in-a-lifetime moments, natural wonders, and rarely seen objects from across the globe.

Exhibition Info
  • 50 framed photographs with labels
  • Text panels featuring themes: Phenomena, Life, Places, Objects, and Moments
  • 2,500 square feet
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The Exhibition

Additional Opportunities & Merchandise

Stock the Book

National Geographic's dazzling photography book of visual wonders, shot by some of the world's finest photographers, reveals a world very few will have the chance to see for themselves. This New York Times bestseller features striking images of places, events, natural phenomena, and manmade heirlooms seldom seen by human eyes.

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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.

Hosting

To host a traveling exhibition, fill out the hosting 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.

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 hosting request form to discuss specific loan fees and timing as there may be some flexibility.  

Shipping

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 hosting request form and the manager for international traveling exhibitions will be in touch with more information regarding available shows.

Other Traveling Exhibitions

View a list of available exhibitions to learn more about what National Geographic currently has to offer. Contact our team to speak to a traveling exhibitions manager with any questions, or to discuss how we can customize exhibitions to meet your venue requirements.

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