Project Description


Rarely Seen

Photographs of the Extraordinary

On view October 5, 2018 through January 6, 2019

Photograph by Joel Sartore. A bighorn sheep gets a cleaning as a Cabela’s employee dusts off a display at the retail store in Sidney, Nebraska. The taxidermied animals, mounted and posed in their natural environment, attract avid hunters and those who are just interested in looking.

From a tiny hummingbird in flight to an enormous swirling storm cloud, photographs of some of the world’s most astounding phenomena are on view in the National Geographic exhibition Rarely Seen.

Inspired by the book National Geographic Rarely Seen: Photographs of the Extraordinary, the exhibition features 50 striking images made by some of the world’s finest photographers of places, events, and natural occurrences seldom seen by human eyes. The photographs capture unbelievable moments, natural wonders, and extraordinary objects from the far reaches of the globe.

The stunning photographs that comprise the exhibition are divided into categories: Phenomena, Life, Places, Objects, and Moments. Among the images that visitors will explore are depictions of thousands of king penguins congregating in the Antarctic; a mysterious temple complex in Cambodia; the amazing Hundred Dragons Elevator in China’s Hunan Province; and a hummingbird in flight facing off against a tiny green snake.

Photograph by Cesare Naldi. 

Photograph by Nanut Bovorn. 

Rarely Seen is organized and traveled by the National Geographic Society.

Generously sponsored by Greylock Federal Credit Union.