National Geographic’s Monster Fish Exhibit Makes First Stop: Reno

National Geographic’s Monster Fish Exhibit Makes First Stop: Reno

Following the Washington D.C. debut of Monster Fish: In Search of the Last River Giants, this spectacular exhibit has made it’s way west. The nationwide traveling debut is in Reno, at The Discovery, November 14, 2015 – April.

Monster Fish: In Search of the Last River Giants, a brand-new, 6,000 square-foot traveling exhibition from National Geographic, opens in Reno this November! The exhibit, presented in partnership with the University of Nevada College of Science, will only be at The Discovery for a limited engagement through mid-April 2016.20151112_133434_resized_2

This incredible exhibit focused on global exploration has a local connection. University of Nevada Professor, National Geographic Fellow and host of the Nat Geo WILD series Monster Fish, Dr. Zeb Hogan, is at the heart of this experience. Dr. Hogan takes viewers on an around-the-world journey to explore colossal freshwater “monster” fish, their habitats, and the people that depend on them. Dr. Hogan, played a key role in making Reno the first stop on the exhibit’s world tour following its debut at the National Geographic Museum in Washington. Dr. Hogan has spent nearly two decades searching for and studying rare, large freshwater fish species and these efforts are showcased in the exhibition. The interactive exhibition includes five extraordinary, life-size sculptures of monster fish as well as videos and hands-on interactive activities for audiences of all ages.

Monster Fish: In Search of the Last River Giants features stunning life-size sculptures, hands-on interactive exhibits, and evocative video installations that put you face-to-face with more than 20 species—each at least six feet long and weighing more than 200 pounds! Guests will embark on a global journey to storied river basins with Dr. Hogan on his quest to find, research, and protect these freshwater giants and the habitats they call home.

20151112_135710_resized_1In this exhibit, visitors can also test their survival skills in an obstacle course game “Monster Size Me” or they can assist Dr. Hogan in completing a series of scientific missions in “A Monster Mission,” a touch-table game. Guests can also attempt to gather enough people to equal the colossal weight of a 1,984-lb. white sturgeon in the game “Minnow or Monster?” Young visitors can go fishing with magnetic poles along a stylized riverbank and carefully release their catches back into the river through clear chutes, while older explorers take the “Fishin’ Decision” digital challenge to see how many fish species they can quickly decide to keep or release. There’s something for everyone in this evocative exhibit! Find out more at


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