COSMOS: A Special Exhibition

COSMOS: A SPACETIME ODYSSEY is finally here and to celebrate the National Geographic Museum is opening up a special exhibition, featuring plenty of ways for COSMOS lovers to transcend time and space into a world of imagination and cosmic understanding.

The exhibition, which opened yesterday, coincided with the National Geographic LIVE! screening of COSMOS: A SPACETIME ODYSSEY at National Geographic’s Grosvenor Auditorium, as well as a special Space Expo featuring vendors like NASA, Yuri’s Night, and the National Geographic Remote Imaging Engineering Department.

Cosmos Exhibit in M St. lobby.

The exhibition brings the themes of the new series to life, allowing its visitors to travel through the cosmic address line by line. Much like the series, the solar system, galaxy, and observable universe are presented as individual pieces in almost separate worlds that together make up our cosmic address.

A string of facts and bios of influential ‘searchers’ from Renaissance mathematician and astronomer, Nicolaus Copernicus to present day researchers illustrate a timeline of discovery and ‘the baton pass’ from teacher to student that has driven the spirit scientific exploration.

Cosmos Exhibit in M St. lobby.

The Cosmic Calendar, a borrowed platform from the original series, synthesizes the vast history of our universe into one calendar year. This visual metaphor will be interpreted into a physical space, transforming the halls into a place where visitors can interact with time and the formation of existence as we know it.

Cosmos Exhibit in M St. lobby.The exhibit pays homage to Carl Sagan’s legacy, dedicating a special centerpiece on Carl Sagan’s, “The Pale Blue Dot,” speaking to the human experience as first voiced by Carl Sagan. The exhibition will feature several pieces of original COSMOS memorabilia, including Carl Sagan’s personal calendar, Neil deGrasse Tyson’s autographed copy of Sagan’s best-selling book, The Cosmic Connection, even one of Carl Sagan’s iconic turtlenecks! The exhibition was curated with the help of Carl Sagan’s original collaborators—Ann Druyan and co-writer, astronomer Steven Soter.

This Exhibition is FREE and open to the public! Be sure to stop by the COSMOS: A SPACETIME ODYSSEY at the National Geographic Museum in Washington, D.C. 


  1. k bush
    St Louis, MO, US, Nrth America, Earth, solar system, local group...
    March 9, 2014, 10:44 pm

    Unfortunately Cosmos’ first episode’s first 20 minutes didn’t start off with a big bang but a whimper: so-so average graphics and worst, simplistic descriptions of the tour thru solar system and beyond.
    They should have presented better analogies and examples of the scale of the geometry of the solar system’s features and dropped more amazing statistics and science facts, especially about the planets.
    Have Tyson holding a tennis ball and say if this is Earth then the moon is a marble about 5 inches away, then go to common objects and analogous distances for the sun, all the planets, then the other milestones out to the observable universe itself.
    Should have taken lessons from the old Charles Eames film “Powers of Ten.”
    BUT –
    After twenty minutes “Cosmos” began to finally shine (brighter than a super nova)! Then better science descriptions commenced and Tyson came into his own.
    The cartoon of Giordano Bruno was dramatic and well produced but the story should have been with live actors in a historical reenactment. I’m an agnostic but even I thought your recurring slam against religiosity was over the top and distracting from your goal of science ed and entertainment.
    The 13.8 billion life of the cosmos condensed to a calendar pad was wonderful but it should have been more detailed. Still, Tyson made it real, dramatic, and understandable!
    Tyson’s exuberant and at-times touching explanations and narratives were as wonderful as the special effects! You should have started the show with his recollections and old photos of Sagan. Tyson has the magic gift of grabbing the audience when he just talks about his passion — and he didn’t really start that till twenty minutes into the show.

  2. MR
    June 6, 2016, 12:29 pm

    Can you post the calendar? If it is free, it would be great for all of us who are rather unable to travel to DC to see the exhibit.