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A New Age of Exploration
National Geographic at 125
The 4th Exhibition Gallery, Life Science Hall
July 8, 2014 - January 4, 2015

Exploration is really the essence of the human spirit. ─ Frank Borman

Organized in collaboration with National Geographic magazine, A New Age of Exploration: National Geographic at 125 celebrates the iconic publication's 125 anniversary. National Geographic magazine, which is long renowned for its stunning images, is the official journal of the National Geographic Society. The magazine celebrates its 125th anniversary with a series of photographic exhibition around the world, highlighting its ongoing dedication towards using the power of photography to explore, educate, inspire, document and preserve the world around us. The National Museum of Natural Science presents A New Age of Exploration: National Geographic at 125, a special print and digital exhibition, as well as two documentaries. From iconic images to portraits, landscapes to natural history, the exhibit offers a wide range of photographic genres and themes to the public for six months.

"The National Geographic Society founded in 1886 is a non-profit scientific and educational institution. It has been a media for the dissemination of information, and a supporter of missions. The Society brings storytellers, scientists, explorers, and photographers together to support numerous epic adventures and expeditions. The Society is always at the forefront for the advancement of science, technology and knowledge in the 125 years since its birth. We're so delighted that we are able to showcase so many powerful and profound images in Taichung," said Ms. Rachel Love, Vice President of International Book Publishing of the Society, at the exhibition opening reception. "National Geographic's photographic archive spans 125 years and includes more than 11.5 million images. The magazine is currently published in more than three dozen languages," said Yungshih Lee, Editor in Chief, National Geographic Magazine, Taiwan Edition. "Here in Taiwan, the National Museum of Natural Science has been the leading institute in natural science. We are glad that the Museum has become a wonderfully collaborative and creative partner of us."

Corner of the Gallery

Corner of the Gallery
A New Age of Exploration: National Geographic at 125 is a visual and interactive exhibition that celebrates modern exploration and takes visitors back in time to encounter some of the most fascinating and iconic moments in the National Geographic Society's 125-year history. On display at the exhibition are 150 images that represent important moments from the Society's century-and-a-quarter history, organized into eight themes: "A Photographic History," "Into the Unknown," "Wild Lives of Wildlife," "Violent Earth," "Peoples and Cultures," "Science of the Times," "Simply Beautiful," and "Remembering Taiwan." Also on display are priceless items on loan from Society headquarters in Washington, D.C.: Crittercams and camera traps that have captured electrifying images and hundred-year-old magazines. Together with moving footages and interactive displays, they tell the story of the Society's remarkable history and definitive moments.

Rachel (right 3), Chou (left 2) & Lee (right 2)
"As the leading institute in natural science in Taiwan and the 18th popular museum in the world, The Museum mission is the spirit of exploration," said Dr. Chou Wen-hao, the Museum Deputy Director. "The name of National Geographic Magazine has enormous resonance for people, because the idea of exploring has no age limit to it, no mental capacity limit. It starts when you're born and increase as you get older. There's no limit to what you can explore and how you can learn. Children will prove it!" Chou smiled on the school children at the reception. "We are so proud to present this exhibition. In addition to the broad themes in science and exploration, we believe that the vivid images and fascinating stories in Remembering Taiwan area will make our visitors touched very much," he noted.

Yu at the Gallery
The curation and installation of A New Age of Exploration: National Geographic at 125 departs from previous Museum exhibit designs. Ranging from picture frames to stools, visitors will see bright yellow frames throughout the gallery. "We use a lot of the National Geographic Society's logo - a yellow rectangular picture frame - in designing the exhibition to invoke the special significance of the Society," explained Ms. Yu Hsiu-hui, Museum staff at the Exhibition Department.

Do not miss the opportunity of examining the continuum of exploration from past to present and connecting with exploration hands-on. For more information, please visit the exhibition official website.

  • A New Age of Exploration: National Geographic at 125 is a ticketing exhibition. Please check our admission fees page for details.

A New Age of Exploration: National Geographic at 125 is organized by the National Museum of Natural Science in collaboration with National Geographic Society.
Additional support is provided by Want Want China Times Group and Boulder Media.