Your Front-Row Seat to Exploration Awaits this Spring at National Geographic: 2019 lineup to feature film festivals, award winning photographers, virtual reality, explorer trivia and a focus on ancient Egyptian queens

National Geographic’s spring 2019 live event lineup will transport you from our headquarters in Washington, D.C., to Tokyo, where you’ll walk the bustling streets of the world’s most populous city; to the underwater eden of Palau, where you’ll swim among manta rays; and to Gorongosa National Park, where you’ll hear from Explorers who dedicate their lives to conserving this incredible region of Mozambique.

That’s only a preview of our season, which includes an impressive lineup of fun and engaging happy hours, insider tours, inspiring talks with National Geographic Explorers, and interactive explorations in our virtual reality theater. We’re also excited to be a presenting sponsor and main stage for the annual Environmental Film Festivalin the nation’s capital — featuring 10 days of critically acclaimed films that celebrate Earth and inspire understanding and stewardship of the planet.

This event season, hear from celebrated photographers and conservationists like Brent Stirton who uses his camera to document Africa’s wildlife and the ongoing battle to protect vulnerable species; and Amy Toensing who has just returned from a National Geographic assignment covering the American West. And, embark on a journey to ancient Egypt by going into the archive to view exclusive footage and photos from historic National Geographic expeditions and by touringour newest exhibition that will take you back some 3,500 years to the days of Nefertiti and Cleopatra VII.

Here is a look at some more highlights from this season:

  • Introducing Explorer Trivia Night! We’ve partnered with District Trivia for an interactive night where you can test your world knowledge with rounds of Nat Geo-inspired questions. The winning team will have the chance to prove its smarts by competing against National Geographic Explorers.

  • Experience extraordinary, remote, and unexplored places in our 360-degree, immersive virtual reality theater. Travel to the legendary and fascinating Galápagos Islands on expedition with Explorer-in-Residence Enric Sala, follow National Geographic photographer Aaron Huey on a tour of the beautiful and sacred Bears Ears National Monument, and dive with Erika Woolsey, marine biologist and technologist, into the crystal clear waters of Palauas she works to protect manta rays.

  • Make a connection every third Thursday of the month at Nat Geo Nights — where social meets smart! These engaging happy hours feature lightning talks from National Geographic Explorers where you can learn about pertinent topics such as how cities around the world are tackling major problems such as overcrowding and waste with innovative solutions; and how we can conduct research on our own planet in order to gain insight into other possible worlds.

Visit “Queens of Egypt,” an immersive exhibition where you’ll travel to the New Kingdom of ancient Egypt — a time when legendary Egyptian queens ruled. Marvel at more than 300 artifacts from several prestigious collections, including monumental statues, a dozen impressive painted sarcophagi and items from women’s everyday life. Embark on a 3D flythrough tour of Nefertari’s tomb, one of the most lavishly decorated tombs in the Valley of the Queens.

National Geographic has a 131 year history of connecting people with the wonders of the world. We invest in extraordinary scientists, photographers, conservationists, and storytellers who are all working toward a goal of achieving a planet in balance. This event season provides an opportunity for you to experience fascinating remote places that need our protection, to interact with innovative and inspiring individuals making an impact, and to learn how we all have a hand in creating a sustainable future for our planet.

View the full list of speakers and events here and reserve your front-row seat to exploration.