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Where and when did exploration get its start at National Geographic?
Find out in "National Geographic: Exploration Starts Here," a permanent exhibition showcasing the greatest hits from our long and storied history of discovery. Go on expedition alongside our scientists, adventurers, and storytellers to discover where we've been and how much further we plan to go. Examine artifacts like the camera Robert Peary used at the North Pole and pots recovered from a shipwreck by Jacques-Yves Cousteau. Watch video from the top of Mount Everest and Jane Goodall's research camp. And learn the untold stories behind the discoveries of Machu Picchu and the Titanic.
Come see where exploration starts!
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NGSXSH_180626_005.JPG: The Stars on the ceiling replicate the sky over Washington, DC: on the night the National Geographic Society was founded -- January 13, 1888.
NGSXSH_180626_020.JPG: National Geographic
Exploration Starts Here
NGSXSH_180626_026.JPG: Where It All Started
NGSXSH_180626_031.JPG: Press a Founder below
To learn more about him
NGSXSH_180626_034.JPG: Oh, what a night
NGSXSH_180626_042.JPG: Founding of the
National Geographic Society
First Issue of National Geographic
NGSXSH_180626_071.JPG: First issue of National Geographic Magazine:
The first issue of National Geographic magazine bears little resemblance to the famous yellow-bordered cover of our magazine today.
NGSXSH_180626_073.JPG: 1890: Worth a Thousand Words
First Photograph Published
Although a photograph of a map appeared in the third issue of the magazine, this modest image -- Russia's Herald Island in the Chukchi Sea, shot from the deck of a heaving ship -- published in July 1890 was the first photograph of a natural scene that appeared in National Geographic.
NGSXSH_180626_085.JPG: 1896: A Revealing Portrait
Magazine's First Revealing Cultural Photograph
Flouting the prudish conventions of the day, National Geographic dated to publish photos of cultures "as they are," beginning with this portrait of a Zulu bride and groom on their wedding day, which appeared in the November 1896 issue of the magazine.
NGSXSH_180626_091.JPG: 1906: No Flash in the Pan
Shiras's Flashlight Photographs
Editor Gilbert H. Grosvenor dedicated the July 1906 magazine issue entirely to wildlife, publishing dozens of George Shiras's pioneering flashlight photographs of animals at night. The photos caused a sensation, riveting even the attention of U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt.
NGSXSH_180626_095.JPG: 1890: First Expedition
Sponsored by the Society
Peak Performance. In the spring of 1890, the two-year-old Society sponsored its first expedition -- to explore and survey Mount St. Elias, the highest peak on the boundary between Alaska and Canada. Beset by torrential rain storms and terrifying rock slides, the team failed to reach the summit. However, they did manage to take the measure of many other previously uncharted mountains in the mysterious, snowbound region.
NGSXSH_180626_098.JPG: 1897: National Georgraphic's Second
President and First Editor
New men at the helm. After the unexpected death of the Society's first president, Alexander Graham Bell was elected to fill the post. Already a celebrated inventor, Bell was determined to revive the floundering organization. He made a number of changes, like emphasizing membership and insisting that the magazine contain "pictures, and plenty of them." But his most influential change was hiring the Society's first full-time employee, Gilbert Hovey Grosvenor devoted his career to the Society, remaining at his post for 55 years and eventually serving as Society president. Together, the pair turned the Society's fortunes around.
1903-1916: A Female Society Pioneer
Journalist Eliza Scidmore
NGSXSH_180626_104.JPG: 1903: Introduction of the Society Flag
NGSXSH_180626_112.JPG: 1909: The Robert E. Peary Arctic Expedition
NGSXSH_180626_117.JPG: Peary's Camera:
Peary often carried this lightweight, portable roll-film camera on Arctic expeditions to document his surroundings.
NGSXSH_180626_124.JPG: 1914-1936: Pioneering Color Photography
NGSXSH_180626_127.JPG: 1912-1915: Discovery of Machu Picchu
NGSXSH_180626_129.JPG: A Royal Retreat in the Clouds
NGSXSH_180626_134.JPG: 1916: Establishment of the National Park Service
NGSXSH_180626_139.JPG: 1922: Discovery of King Tut's Tomb
NGSXSH_180626_141.JPG: 1919-1953: The First Geographic Man
Journalist Maynard Owen Williams
NGSXSH_180626_150.JPG: 1922-1935: Our Man in China
Botanist Joseph Rock
NGSXSH_180626_155.JPG: 1926-1929: First Flight over the South Pole
NGSXSH_180626_158.JPG: 1934: Bathysphere Dive
NGSXSH_180626_163.JPG: 1934-1935: Explorer II Sets Manned Altitude Record
NGSXSH_180626_165.JPG: Stevens's Camera:
This camera was used by Albert Stevens aboard the Explorer I before it crashed.
NGSXSH_180626_169.JPG: 1935: Branford Washburn and the Yukon Expedition
NGSXSH_180626_176.JPG: 1937-1985: An Odyssey in India
Journalist Volkmar Wentzel
NGSXSH_180626_178.JPG: 1941: Nat Geo Maps During World War II
NGSXSH_180626_181.JPG: 1948: Expedition to Nepal
NGSXSH_180626_184.JPG: 1950-1970: Master of the Deep
NGSXSH_180626_190.JPG: 1938-1967: Colossal Heads Excavated in Mexico
NGSXSH_180626_196.JPG: 1949-1956: National Geographic / Palomar Sky Survey
NGSXSH_180626_310.JPG: 1979-Present: Her Deepness
Oceanographer Sylvia Earle
NGSXSH_180626_316.JPG: Underwater pioneer Sylvia Earle used these fins on many of her dives
NGSXSH_180626_321.JPG: 1984: Afghan Girl Captivates the World
NGSXSH_180626_327.JPG: 1984: Turkana Boy Discovered in Kenya
NGSXSH_180626_329.JPG: About a Boy
NGSXSH_180626_332.JPG: 1967: A Snapshot of the World
Photographer James Stanfield
NGSXSH_180626_336.JPG: 1981: Jared Diamond in New Guinea
NGSXSH_180626_344.JPG: 1985: Discovery of the R.M.S. Titanic
NGSXSH_180626_346.JPG: Ocean Explorer Robert Ballard
NGSXSH_180626_348.JPG: 1984: Ancient Maya Tombs Unearthed
NGSXSH_180626_352.JPG: 1988: Elephant Communication Shakes Things Up
NGSXSH_180626_358.JPG: 1991: Invention of Crittercam
NGSXSH_180626_361.JPG: Crittercam Equipment has evolved since its invention, growing smaller, lighter, and more powerful. The model on the left, from 1991, trailed on a tether behind a shark. The model to its right, developed in 1994, was the workhorse model used for most of the late 1990s. The collar-mounted model, designed in 2003, transmits live video instead of recording it. And the tiny model on the right is a new design, used on tuna, penguins, and even a humpback whale.
NGSXSH_180626_366.JPG: 1995: First Local-Language Magazine Launches
NGSXSH_180626_369.JPG: 1994: Re-Creation of First Flight From England to Australia
NGSXSH_180626_371.JPG: 1989: Giant Globe Created for One Hundredth Anniversary
NGSXSH_180626_374.JPG: These shoes were made for walking. Explorer-in-Resident Mike Fay essentially lives outdoors, tirelessly exploring ecosystems around the world. In his most monumental effort -- Megatransect -- he trekked 2,000 miles straight through the seemingly impenetrable, pristine forests of central Africa, wearing little more than a pair of sandals. Along the way, he recorded every tree, pile of dung, animal sighting, and a thousand other details. He was joined by a team that included photographer Michael "Nick" Nichols, whose spellbinding photos helped persuade Gabon's President Omar Bongo to create 13 new national parks covering 11 percent of the country.
NGSXSH_180626_383.JPG: 1997 | 2011: National Geographic Channel Launches
NGSXSH_180626_386.JPG: 1996: First National Geographic Explorer-in_Residence
NGSXSH_180626_388.JPG: 1990-Present: Paleo-Art
NGSXSH_180626_392.JPG: 1995: Discovery of Ice Maiden
NGSXSH_180626_399.JPG: 2005: A "Hobbit" on the Human Family Tree
NGSXSH_180626_401.JPG: 2005: Genographic Project
NGSXSH_180626_404.JPG: 2006: The Gospel of Judas
NGSXSH_180626_411.JPG: 2003-2013: Somewhere Over the Rainbow
Storm-Chaser Tim Samaras
NGSXSH_180626_416.JPG: Although this camera housing device was not designed by Tim Samaras, it was able to withstand incredible wind speeds to record some of the first images captured inside a tornado.
NGSXSH_180626_421.JPG: 2003-2011: Birds of a Different Color
Photographer Tim Laman
NGSXSH_180626_428.JPG: 2007: The Enduring Voices Project
NGSXSH_180626_437.JPG: 2005: The Photo Ark
Photographer Joel Sartore
NGSXSH_180626_506.JPG: 2016: Studying the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem
NGSXSH_180626_546.JPG: Deep Observation
NGSXSH_180626_549.JPG: Get Low
NGSXSH_180626_591.JPG: The Golden Shovel
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