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NELSON PROVINCIAL MUSEUM Proudly Presents – ‘Rarely Seen Photographs of the Extraordinary’

An opportunity to see the ‘Rarely Seen’ at Nelson Provincial Museum

Nelson Provincial Museum is excited to announce the arrival of a new National Geographic exhibition to Nelson. ‘Rarely Seen Photographs of the Extraordinary’ is developed by The National Geographic Society and brought to New Zealand by Expressions Whirinaki Arts and Entertainment Centre.
Inspired by the book, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC RARELY SEEN: Photographs of the Extraordinary, this exhibition features 35 striking images shot by some of the world’s finest photographers of places, events, natural phenomena, and man-made heirlooms seldom seen by human eyes.
Visitors will get to experience some of the world’s most astounding phenomena in the new National Geographic exhibition, ‘Rarely Seen’. In this exhibition of visual wonders, the images reveal a world very few have the chance to see for themselves.
The exhibition includes an introduction by National Geographic photographer Stephen Alvarez, whose work has taken him from the Peruvian Andes to the deepest caves of Papua New Guinea. The photographs on display capture unbelievable moments, natural wonders, and extraordinary objects from the far reaches of the globe.
Nelson Provincial Museum’s Chief Executive, Lucinda Blackley-Jimson says “After the success of the last National Geographic exhibition, we are excited about being able to bring a brand new National Geographic exhibition to Nelson, featuring amazing new images which are just spectacular. During a time when we are unable to see the world, this is a chance to bring the world to us.”
“Rarely Seen is a great example of National Geographic’s rich history of sharing places, moments and objects that astonish and inspire,” said Kathryn Keane, Vice President, Public Experiences and Director of National Geographic Museum.
‘Rarely Seen Photographs of the Extraordinary’ will open to the public on the 14 May and will run until 29 August 2021. It will be free for Nelson Tasman residents.

“Rarely Seen: Photographs of the Extraordinary” is open to the public 14 May – 29 August 2021
“Rarely Seen: Photographs of the Extraordinary” is a new exhibition and has not been seen in Nelson Tasman before
Nelson Provincial Museum is free for Nelson Tasman residents
The Museum is open daily. 10:00am – 5:00pm on weekdays and 10:00am – 4:30pm on weekends and public holidays

About the National Geographic Society
The National Geographic Society is a leading non-profit that invests in bold people and transformative ideas in the fields of exploration, scientific research, storytelling and education. We support educators to ensure that the next generation is armed with geographic knowledge and global understanding. We aspire to create a community of change, advancing key insights about our planet and probing some of the most pressing scientific questions of our time. Our goal is measurable impact: furthering exploration and educating people around the world to inspire solutions for the greater good. For more information, visit
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