Frequently Asked Questions

For Theatergoers

What is National Geographic Live?
National Geographic Live presents explorer talks and film concerts in performing arts centers throughout North America. Its broad roster of talent, including renowned photographers, scientists, authors, filmmakers and adventurers, share their behind-the-scenes stories from the front lines of exploration, alongside stunning imagery and gripping footage.

Where do
Nat Geo Live events take place?
View our full list of cities and venues here.

When will Nat Geo Live come to my city?
Nat Geo Live is presented in partnership with local performing arts presenters. If you would like to have our series come to your city, please share your request with the programming director at your local theater.

Will I get to meet the featured speaker?
Typically Nat Geo Live speakers come to the venue lobby for a book signing and/or audience meet & greet post-show. Please contact your local presenting venue for more details.

Who can I contact with questions about my tickets and seats?
Please contact your local presenting venue regarding all ticketing and seating questions. National Geographic is not responsible for ticketing, seating, or venue policies.

Do you offer sign language interpretation, assistive listening devices, captioned performances, and/or accessible seating?
If you need assistance or special accommodations, please contact your local presenting venue.

How long do the talks run?
Talks run approximately 70 minutes long with a 15-minute question-and-answer session following the talk.

Are these events appropriate for kids?
Depending on the maturity and attention span of the child, our general recommendation is age 8 or up unless otherwise noted on the event page.

Do you offer student programs?
Many of our speakers have customized programs for students. Learn more about our Student Matinees here and contact your local presenting venue for information about Student Matinees in your city.

Where can I find information about events at National Geographic's headquarters in Washington, D.C.?
Please visit the National Geographic Society Headquarters page.

For Venues, Companies, and Potential Partners

How do I bring Nat Geo Live and/or a film concert to my performing arts venue?
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Can I hire a National Geographic explorer to come speak at my company event, conference, or university?
National Geographic has a Speakers Bureau offering a broad range of talent, covering a variety of topics related to exploration, adventure, discovery, science, conservation, history, and current events. Please contact us at or 202-791-2800 so we may understand more about your event and help identify a speaker within your budget.

How can my organization sponsor the National Geographic Live speaker series?
Nat Geo Live is made possible through ticket sales and sponsorship revenue. For more information about how you, your foundation, or your company can get involved, please email for more details.

How long has National Geographic been presenting explorer talks?
In the era before television and movies, the National Geographic Society delivered a world of adventure to its Washington D.C. members by inviting prominent explorers and scientists to speak about their work. In February 1888–just one month after the Society's founding and before the first published National Geographic magazine–explorer John Wesley Powell inaugurated the speakers series by delivering a talk about the physical geography of the United States.

Very quickly the Society began attracting explorers eager to tell their stories, including Fridtjof Nansen, an Artic explorer; Gifford Pinchot, founder of the U.S. Forest Service; and mountaineer Annie S. Peck, who told of climbing peaks in the Alps and volcanoes in Mexico. Thousands gathered to hear Roald Amundsen, soon to be the first man to reach the South Pole, discuss his recent navigation of the Northwest Passage.