National Geographic
Traveling Exhibition

Rarely Seen

Photographs of the Extraordinary

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.


  • 50 Framed photographic prints, at five sizes: (14) 22”x28”, (24) 28”x38”, (9) 34”x48”, (2) 38”x38” and (1) 28”x28”

  • Mounted Wall Panels featuing these themes: Phenomena, Life, Places, Objects, and Moments

  • Photo Captions: approx. 50 words

The Exhibition

Tour Schedule

Current Locations
Midland Center for the Arts
Midland, MI 48640, MI, US
June 16, 2018 - September 30, 2018
Cologne, Germany
September 25, 2018 - September 30, 2018
Upcoming Location
Berkshire Museum
Pittsfield, MA, US
October 5, 2018 - January 6, 2019
Past Locations
Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum
Wausau, WI, US
March 3, 2018 - May 27, 2018
Provo City Library
Provo, UT, US
October 14, 2017 - December 30, 2017
Franklin Institute
Philadelphia, PA, US
June 10, 2017 - September 4, 2017
University of Oregon
Eugene, OR, US
May 19, 2017 - September 24, 2017
Museo Casas de lo Matta
May 12, 2017 - July 9, 2017
Historic City Hall Arts & Cultural Center
Lake Charles, LA, US
February 21, 2017 - May 6, 2017
Paseo Santa Lucia
Monterray, Mexico
September 14, 2016 - October 16, 2016
Irving Arts Center
Irving, TX, US
September 3, 2016 - February 8, 2017
Ljubljana Castle
Ljubljana, Slovenia
June 8, 2016 - September 18, 2016
Aquarium Finisterrae-Science
La Coruña, Spain
December 20, 2015 - June 30, 2016
Loft Project ERAGI
Petersburg, Russia
November 5, 2015 - December 23, 2015
ARTPLAY Design Center
Moscow, Russia
November 5, 2015 - January 31, 2016
Torre Forum Suite
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
June 4, 2014 - June 20, 2014

Global Exhibition: Digital Delivery

Photograph by Nanut Bovorn

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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