WASHINGTON (Jan. 13, 2016)— Audiences of all ages will have the chance to experience what it feels like to be a National Geographic explorer with the new exhibition, National Geographic Presents: Earth Explorers, opening Feb. 10 at the National Geographic Museum in Washington, D.C. The exhibition, presented by National Geographic in association with Global Experience Specialists (GES), will be on display at the museum through September 2017.
This unique, hands-on exhibition will allow visitors to let their imaginations run wild as they become National Geographic explorers and embark on an epic adventure to discover new species, study animal behavior and learn about the important roles that technology, innovation and ingenuity play in making and documenting these discoveries. Earth Explorers is designed to appeal to the entire family and ignite a renewed sense of curiosity about and excitement for the world and all that is in it.
“For more than 128 years, National Geographic has been sending its scientists, photographers and filmmakers to explore the world,” said Kathryn Keane, vice president for National Geographic Exhibitions. “We hope this exhibition will inspire a whole new generation of explorers to be more curious about the Earth—and to dare to explore it.”
Earth Explorers features six themed and immersive environments, each with engaging areas to explore and interactive activities to entertain and educate visitors. The exhibition features a unique interactive digital experience that utilizes an advanced technology, augmented reality (AR), to bring various animals inside the exhibit to life on visitors’ iOS or Android device. This experience enlivens each of the geographic regions within the exhibition.
Base Camp: Visitors will start their adventure by climbing aboard an off-road vehicle used by filmmakers and scientists in the field. The vehicle will contain video monitors showing actual footage captured by explorers in the ecosystems featured in the exhibit.
Polar Regions: Guests will enter an interactive Arctic cabin and learn what scientists need to survive harsh conditions while studying polar bears and other Arctic life. In the Antarctic section, guests will learn about penguins and other species native to this polar region. The polar regions area showcases the work of National Geographic Explorers including biologist and photographer Paul Nicklen and adventurer and cinematographer Sarah McNair-Landry.
Oceans: Inside a replica deep-sea submersible, visitors will take a dive to study undersea life based on the work of National Geographic Explorers-in-Residence Sylvia Earle and Enric Sala. They will learn about great white sharks and their hunting habits through a dorsal-mounted camera, National Geographic’s Crittercam.
Rain Forests: Guests will enter a themed outdoor lab to study the diverse ecosystems and the animals living within these complex environments. The rain forests area features the work of National Geographic Explorers including conservationist and Explorer-in-Residence Michael Fay as well as photographer Michael “Nick” Nichols.
Mountains & Caves: Visitors will climb a mountain and learn about the work of National Geographic Explorers including photographer Steve Winter, photographer Carsten Peter and environmental anthropologist Kenny Broad.
African Savannah: Visitors will take a simulated balloon ride above the African savannah and see how ecologists use aerial surveys to study and document animal migrations. They will learn tracking methods used by scientists, and can take part in an interactive activity matching scat samples with the animals that produced them. The Savannas ecosystem includes work from National Geographic Explorers including behavioral ecologist and conservationist Joyce Poole.
The National Geographic Museum, 1145 17th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C., is open every day (except Dec. 25) from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $15 for adults; $12 for National Geographic members, military, students, seniors and groups of 25 or more; $10 for children ages 5-12; and free for local school, student and youth groups (18 and under; advance reservation required). Tickets may be purchased online at www.natgeomuseum.org; via telephone at (202) 857-7700; or in person at the National Geographic Museum, 1145 17th Street, N.W., between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. For more information on group sales, call (202) 857-7281.