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National Geographic Museum At the National Geographic Museum in Washington D.C., past and current expeditions, adventures, and scientific research come to life. Enjoy a wide variety of changing exhibitions as well as permanent and interactive displays.

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Ice stupas are built in winter by channeling water from a mountain stream into a vertical pipe. Gravity drives the water...
09/10/2021

Ice stupas are built in winter by channeling water from a mountain stream into a vertical pipe. Gravity drives the water out of a nozzle at the top, and as cold air freezes the falling spray, a cone of ice rises around the pipe. National Geographic Society photographer Ciril Jazbec documented these artificial glaciers as seen in our “Ice Stupas” exhibition at Italy’s Lumen Museum. Plan your visit to learn how Himalayan communities build these huge ice towers: http://on.natgeo.org/6180y2OLq

Ice stupas are built in winter by channeling water from a mountain stream into a vertical pipe. Gravity drives the water out of a nozzle at the top, and as cold air freezes the falling spray, a cone of ice rises around the pipe. National Geographic Society photographer Ciril Jazbec documented these artificial glaciers as seen in our “Ice Stupas” exhibition at Italy’s Lumen Museum. Plan your visit to learn how Himalayan communities build these huge ice towers: http://on.natgeo.org/6180y2OLq

Rediscover the importance of color at our free “Colors of the World” exhibition now open at Espace pour la vie in Montre...
09/07/2021

Rediscover the importance of color at our free “Colors of the World” exhibition now open at Espace pour la vie in Montreal, Canada! Explore the hazy blues and grays of early morning light to the vivid purples and reds of sunset. Among the 50 vibrant photos on display is this image taken by National Geographic Society photographer David Doubilet of a goby finding food and shelter on the mantle of a giant clam in a coral reef near Papua New Guinea's Milne Bay. Plan your visit at #Biosphère to enjoy this breathtaking visual journey: http://on.natgeo.org/6188yxRoC

Second photo by Mélanie Dusseault

Embark on a global journey to storied river basins with National Geographic Society Explorer Zeb Hogan on his quest to f...
09/03/2021

Embark on a global journey to storied river basins with National Geographic Society Explorer Zeb Hogan on his quest to find, research, and protect freshwater giants in our “Monster Fish” exhibition at Exploration Place. This interactive exhibition tackles the big challenges facing these remarkable fish and their struggle to survive and thrive. Book your visit before it closes on September 6: http://on.natgeo.org/6184yxR5k

Embark on a global journey to storied river basins with National Geographic Society Explorer Zeb Hogan on his quest to find, research, and protect freshwater giants in our “Monster Fish” exhibition at Exploration Place. This interactive exhibition tackles the big challenges facing these remarkable fish and their struggle to survive and thrive. Book your visit before it closes on September 6: http://on.natgeo.org/6184yxR5k

Plastic has become so commonplace that it’s easy to ignore our dependence on it. In this photo taken by National Geograp...
08/30/2021

Plastic has become so commonplace that it’s easy to ignore our dependence on it. In this photo taken by National Geographic Society photographer Mandy Barker, discarded fishing line has formed nest-like balls due to the tidal movements of the ocean. Along the way, the balls have collected other debris in their path. Some of the balls also resemble jellyfish or other marine creatures. This image is on display at our “Planet or Plastic?” exhibition at the Texas State Aquarium. Plan your visit before it closes in one week: http://on.natgeo.org/6180yvxwy

Plastic has become so commonplace that it’s easy to ignore our dependence on it. In this photo taken by National Geographic Society photographer Mandy Barker, discarded fishing line has formed nest-like balls due to the tidal movements of the ocean. Along the way, the balls have collected other debris in their path. Some of the balls also resemble jellyfish or other marine creatures. This image is on display at our “Planet or Plastic?” exhibition at the Texas State Aquarium. Plan your visit before it closes in one week: http://on.natgeo.org/6180yvxwy

Happy #WomensEqualityDay! On this day in 1920, the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution giving women the right to vot...
08/26/2021

Happy #WomensEqualityDay! On this day in 1920, the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution giving women the right to vote was passed. Our “Women: A Century of Change” exhibition was created to recognize this milestone by illuminating where women have been, where they are now and where they are going. Featured in the exhibition is this image of a pair of performers putting on lipstick underwater at Wakulla Springs near Tallahassee, Florida. See this image and more in our virtual tour: http://on.natgeo.org/6180ytbQn

Happy #WomensEqualityDay! On this day in 1920, the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution giving women the right to vote was passed. Our “Women: A Century of Change” exhibition was created to recognize this milestone by illuminating where women have been, where they are now and where they are going. Featured in the exhibition is this image of a pair of performers putting on lipstick underwater at Wakulla Springs near Tallahassee, Florida. See this image and more in our virtual tour: http://on.natgeo.org/6180ytbQn

Learn the story of Dr. Jane Goodall—one of fearless determination and passionate love of the natural world—at our “Becom...
08/25/2021

Learn the story of Dr. Jane Goodall—one of fearless determination and passionate love of the natural world—at our “Becoming Jane: The Evolution of Dr. Jane Goodall” exhibition at Chicago’s Field Museum. The stunning exhibition produced in partnership with the the Jane Goodall Institute, includes a multiscreen experience showcasing Jane’s extraordinary work alongside surprising encounters with virtually rendered chimpanzees. You can also step inside a replica of Jane’s research tent and envision yourself as a scientist jotting down observations in a field journal. Plan your visit before it closes on September 6! http://on.natgeo.org/6183ytXBB

Learn the story of Dr. Jane Goodall—one of fearless determination and passionate love of the natural world—at our “Becoming Jane: The Evolution of Dr. Jane Goodall” exhibition at Chicago’s Field Museum. The stunning exhibition produced in partnership with the the Jane Goodall Institute, includes a multiscreen experience showcasing Jane’s extraordinary work alongside surprising encounters with virtually rendered chimpanzees. You can also step inside a replica of Jane’s research tent and envision yourself as a scientist jotting down observations in a field journal. Plan your visit before it closes on September 6! http://on.natgeo.org/6183ytXBB

There’s only one week left until our “Rarely Seen” exhibition closes at the Nelson Provincial Museum in New Zealand! In ...
08/23/2021

There’s only one week left until our “Rarely Seen” exhibition closes at the Nelson Provincial Museum in New Zealand! In this photo taken by Marko Korosec, an ominous storm cloud hovers over a field in eastern Colorado. While these stunning “mother ships” can spawn tornadoes, luckily this one didn’t. Book your visit to see unbelievable moments like this among other natural wonders and extraordinary objects from the far reaches of the globe: http://on.natgeo.org/6187ys6dx

There’s only one week left until our “Rarely Seen” exhibition closes at the Nelson Provincial Museum in New Zealand! In this photo taken by Marko Korosec, an ominous storm cloud hovers over a field in eastern Colorado. While these stunning “mother ships” can spawn tornadoes, luckily this one didn’t. Book your visit to see unbelievable moments like this among other natural wonders and extraordinary objects from the far reaches of the globe: http://on.natgeo.org/6187ys6dx

On #WorldPhotographyDay, we’re highlighting the striking images in our “Spectacle” exhibition at the Museon in The Hague...
08/19/2021

On #WorldPhotographyDay, we’re highlighting the striking images in our “Spectacle” exhibition at the Museon in The Hague, Netherlands! In this photo taken by Paul Nicklen Photography, surfers in Hawaii dodge a wave by diving under it, powering their boards outside the break in the Pacific’s legendary waters off the coast of Makaha. Grab your tickets to witness more spectacular moments: http://on.natgeo.org/6184ymIwo

On #WorldPhotographyDay, we’re highlighting the striking images in our “Spectacle” exhibition at the Museon in The Hague, Netherlands! In this photo taken by Paul Nicklen Photography, surfers in Hawaii dodge a wave by diving under it, powering their boards outside the break in the Pacific’s legendary waters off the coast of Makaha. Grab your tickets to witness more spectacular moments: http://on.natgeo.org/6184ymIwo

Gain a better understanding of the cultural ties between humans and fish in our “Monster Fish” exhibition at Exploration...
08/16/2021

Gain a better understanding of the cultural ties between humans and fish in our “Monster Fish” exhibition at Exploration Place in Wichita, Kansas! The exhibition journeys to river basins around the world and showcases nearly 20 enormous and rare fish species. Plan your visit to learn about the mythical tales behind these colossal creatures: http://on.natgeo.org/6180ymoke

Gain a better understanding of the cultural ties between humans and fish in our “Monster Fish” exhibition at Exploration Place in Wichita, Kansas! The exhibition journeys to river basins around the world and showcases nearly 20 enormous and rare fish species. Plan your visit to learn about the mythical tales behind these colossal creatures: http://on.natgeo.org/6180ymoke

Get face-to-face or rather face-to-nose with the world’s most feared predators at our “SHARKS: On Assignment with Brian ...
08/13/2021

Get face-to-face or rather face-to-nose with the world’s most feared predators at our “SHARKS: On Assignment with Brian Skerry” exhibition open at Spain’s Espacio Fundación Telefónica Madrid. The large-scale images and videos on display were taken by National Geographic Society Explorer Brian Skerry to inspire people to appreciate these creatures and take action to protect them. Plan your visit today: http://on.natgeo.org/6182ymoMw

Get face-to-face or rather face-to-nose with the world’s most feared predators at our “SHARKS: On Assignment with Brian Skerry” exhibition open at Spain’s Espacio Fundación Telefónica Madrid. The large-scale images and videos on display were taken by National Geographic Society Explorer Brian Skerry to inspire people to appreciate these creatures and take action to protect them. Plan your visit today: http://on.natgeo.org/6182ymoMw

A stupa is a rock mound that Buddhists build as a shrine for relics. Ice stupas are artificial glaciers that local commu...
08/10/2021

A stupa is a rock mound that Buddhists build as a shrine for relics. Ice stupas are artificial glaciers that local communities in the Himalayan mountains create in an attempt to fight climate change. National Geographic Society photographer Ciril Jazbec traveled to the Himalayas to document these huge ice towers and he captured this image of a shrine that local artists created inside of the Phyang monks’ ice stupa. This image and more are on display in our “Ice Stupas” exhibition at Italy’s Lumen Museum. Book your visit today: http://on.natgeo.org/6189yl3jR

A stupa is a rock mound that Buddhists build as a shrine for relics. Ice stupas are artificial glaciers that local communities in the Himalayan mountains create in an attempt to fight climate change. National Geographic Society photographer Ciril Jazbec traveled to the Himalayas to document these huge ice towers and he captured this image of a shrine that local artists created inside of the Phyang monks’ ice stupa. This image and more are on display in our “Ice Stupas” exhibition at Italy’s Lumen Museum. Book your visit today: http://on.natgeo.org/6189yl3jR

Happy 15th Anniversary #PhotoArk! To celebrate, watch National Geographic Society photographer Joel Sartore, Photographe...
08/09/2021
Birds of the Photo Ark

Happy 15th Anniversary #PhotoArk! To celebrate, watch National Geographic Society photographer Joel Sartore, Photographer share the extraordinary colors, intricate details, and diverse behaviors of some of the world’s amazing species of birds through intimate and moving portraits: http://on.natgeo.org/6180yYBmi

Photographer Joel Sartore shares the extraordinary colors, intricate details, and diverse behaviors of some of the world’s incredible species of birds throug...

Last chance to visit our “50 Greatest Wildlife Photographs” exhibition at the Netherland’s Fotofestival Schiedam! Among ...
08/06/2021

Last chance to visit our “50 Greatest Wildlife Photographs” exhibition at the Netherland’s Fotofestival Schiedam! Among the exquisite photos on display is this image of a giraffe walking in a misty forest in the Ndumo Game Reserve. Grab your tickets today before the festival ends tomorrow! http://on.natgeo.org/6187yYBwP

Last chance to visit our “50 Greatest Wildlife Photographs” exhibition at the Netherland’s Fotofestival Schiedam! Among the exquisite photos on display is this image of a giraffe walking in a misty forest in the Ndumo Game Reserve. Grab your tickets today before the festival ends tomorrow! http://on.natgeo.org/6187yYBwP

Walk in Dr. Jane Goodall’s shoes and learn about her innovative approach to animal behavior research at our “Becoming Ja...
08/04/2021

Walk in Dr. Jane Goodall’s shoes and learn about her innovative approach to animal behavior research at our “Becoming Jane: The Evolution of Dr. Jane Goodall” exhibition at Chicago’s Field Museum! Created in partnership with the the Jane Goodall Institute, the exhibition takes visitors into the field with Jane where you can experience her indelible legacy firsthand. Plan your visit today to find out how Jane is advocating for a better world for all life on Earth: http://on.natgeo.org/6181yivi1

Walk in Dr. Jane Goodall’s shoes and learn about her innovative approach to animal behavior research at our “Becoming Jane: The Evolution of Dr. Jane Goodall” exhibition at Chicago’s Field Museum! Created in partnership with the the Jane Goodall Institute, the exhibition takes visitors into the field with Jane where you can experience her indelible legacy firsthand. Plan your visit today to find out how Jane is advocating for a better world for all life on Earth: http://on.natgeo.org/6181yivi1

Experience spectacular images of animals in their natural habitats in our “50 Greatest Wildlife Photographs” exhibition ...
08/02/2021

Experience spectacular images of animals in their natural habitats in our “50 Greatest Wildlife Photographs” exhibition now on display at the Netherland’s Fotofestival Schiedam. Explore the humble beginnings of wildlife photography and see how National Geographic Society’s iconic photographers have paved the way for future generations of visual storytellers like Ami Vitale who captured this image of a sixteen-year-old giant panda inside her enclosure at the Wolong Nature Reserve. Plan your visit today: http://on.natgeo.org/6185y5vxF

Experience spectacular images of animals in their natural habitats in our “50 Greatest Wildlife Photographs” exhibition now on display at the Netherland’s Fotofestival Schiedam. Explore the humble beginnings of wildlife photography and see how National Geographic Society’s iconic photographers have paved the way for future generations of visual storytellers like Ami Vitale who captured this image of a sixteen-year-old giant panda inside her enclosure at the Wolong Nature Reserve. Plan your visit today: http://on.natgeo.org/6185y5vxF

If you’re in Texas, visit our “Planet or Plastic?” exhibition at the Texas State Aquarium featuring powerful photography...
07/29/2021

If you’re in Texas, visit our “Planet or Plastic?” exhibition at the Texas State Aquarium featuring powerful photography displaying the devastating impact of plastic pollution on our ecosystem like this image of hyenas rummaging through waste. Despite the utility and convenience of it, an exorbitant amount of plastic products are disposed of improperly with some 6.3 billion tons of plastic waste left unrecycled. Plan your visit today and learn the actionable steps you can take to responsibly reduce, reuse, and recycle single-use plastic: http://on.natgeo.org/6188y5tB6

If you’re in Texas, visit our “Planet or Plastic?” exhibition at the Texas State Aquarium featuring powerful photography displaying the devastating impact of plastic pollution on our ecosystem like this image of hyenas rummaging through waste. Despite the utility and convenience of it, an exorbitant amount of plastic products are disposed of improperly with some 6.3 billion tons of plastic waste left unrecycled. Plan your visit today and learn the actionable steps you can take to responsibly reduce, reuse, and recycle single-use plastic: http://on.natgeo.org/6188y5tB6

In just two days our “50 Greatest Wildlife Photographs” exhibition will open at the Fotofestival Schiedam in the Netherl...
07/26/2021

In just two days our “50 Greatest Wildlife Photographs” exhibition will open at the Fotofestival Schiedam in the Netherlands! Showcasing the evolution of photography, the images convey how innovations such as camera traps, remote imaging, and underwater technology have granted photographers access to wildlife in their natural habitat. In this photo taken by National Geographic Society photographer Thomas Peschak, a tourist on a boat in Laguna San Ignacio reaches into the water in the hope of petting one of many gray whales that frequent the bay to mate and care for their young. Book your visit today! http://on.natgeo.org/6185yeJ0R

In just two days our “50 Greatest Wildlife Photographs” exhibition will open at the Fotofestival Schiedam in the Netherlands! Showcasing the evolution of photography, the images convey how innovations such as camera traps, remote imaging, and underwater technology have granted photographers access to wildlife in their natural habitat. In this photo taken by National Geographic Society photographer Thomas Peschak, a tourist on a boat in Laguna San Ignacio reaches into the water in the hope of petting one of many gray whales that frequent the bay to mate and care for their young. Book your visit today! http://on.natgeo.org/6185yeJ0R

Visit our “Spectacle” exhibition full of wonders, unusual phenomena, and amusing curiosities now on display at the Museo...
07/23/2021

Visit our “Spectacle” exhibition full of wonders, unusual phenomena, and amusing curiosities now on display at the Museon in The Hague, Netherlands! This exquisite photography exhibition features 50 striking images shot by some of the world’s finest photographers and reveals moments of celebration and utter chaos. This image shows a female Furcifer ambrensis, a species of a chameleon, searching for insects with her extendable tongue, which accelerates more than 40 times faster than the pull of gravity. Plan your visit today to discover our truly remarkable planet: http://on.natgeo.org/6187yjq8S

Visit our “Spectacle” exhibition full of wonders, unusual phenomena, and amusing curiosities now on display at the Museon in The Hague, Netherlands! This exquisite photography exhibition features 50 striking images shot by some of the world’s finest photographers and reveals moments of celebration and utter chaos. This image shows a female Furcifer ambrensis, a species of a chameleon, searching for insects with her extendable tongue, which accelerates more than 40 times faster than the pull of gravity. Plan your visit today to discover our truly remarkable planet: http://on.natgeo.org/6187yjq8S

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