New Exhibition, ‘COSMOS: A SPACETIME ODYSSEY,’ to Open March 4 at National Geographic Museum

The National Geographic Museum in collaboration with Cosmos Studios will present “COSMOS: A SPACETIME ODYSSEY,” a free exhibition celebrating the premiere of the thrilling, new 13-part television series of the same name from executive producer/writer/director Ann Druyan and executive producer Seth MacFarlane (“Family Guy,” “Ted”).

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The exhibition will open at the National Geographic Museum in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, March 4, 2014, prior to the series’ U.S. television premiere on Sunday, March 9, from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m ET/PT across multiple U.S. Fox networks, including Fox Broadcasting Company (FOX), National Geographic Channel, FX, FXX, FXM, FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports 2, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo Mundo and FOX Life. After the cross-network premiere event, “COSMOS: A SPACETIME ODYSSEY” will continue its epic 13-episode run, airing Sundaysfrom 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET/PT on FOX and Mondays — with all-new bonus footage and behind-the-scenes content — on the National Geographic Channel from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. ET/PT. The exhibit will be on display at the National Geographic Museum until Sunday, July 6, 2014.

More than three decades after the television debut of “Cosmos: A Personal Voyage,” Carl Sagan’s stunning and iconic exploration of the universe as revealed by science, MacFarlane has teamed with Sagan’s original creative collaborators — Druyan and co-writer, astronomer Steven Soter — to conceive the 13-part series that is a successor to the Emmy Award- and Peabody Award-winning original series.

The “COSMOS” exhibition will focus on how generations of searchers have used the ethos of science and laws of nature to begin to understand where we are in space and time. An engaging destination for space fans, the multimedia exhibition will feature “COSMOS” memorabilia, including one of Sagan’s iconic turtlenecks, his personal calendar and renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson’s autographed copy of Sagan’s best-selling book “The Cosmic Connection.” It will also feature clips from the “COSMOS: A SPACETIME ODYSSEY” television series, a recreation of the Cosmic Calendar and mesmerizing NASA images.

The “COSMOS: A SPACETIME ODYSSEY” television series is hosted by deGrasse Tyson. As with the legendary original series, the new “COSMOS” is the saga of how we discovered the laws of nature and found our coordinates in space and time. The series brings to life never-before-told stories of the heroic quest for knowledge, transporting viewers to new worlds and across the universe for a vision of the cosmos on the grandest — and the smallest — scale. The series invents new modes of scientific storytelling to reveal the grandeur of the universe and reinvents celebrated elements of the original series, including the Cosmic Calendar and the Ship of the Imagination. The most profound scientific concepts are presented with stunning clarity, uniting skepticism and wonder and weaving rigorous science with the emotional and spiritual into a transcendent experience.

The March 4 exhibition opening will coincide with a 7:45 p.m. screening of the TV series in National Geographic’s Grosvenor Auditorium, part of National Geographic Live’s spring season event schedule. After the screening, deGrasse Tyson, Druyan, MacFarlane, Cosmos Studios President Mitchell Cannold and an executive producer of the TV series Brannon Braga will participate in a live, interactive Q&A from the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles. Before the event, space fans are invited to a free Space Expo, starting at 6:30 p.m., in the National Geographic Museum’s “COSMOS” exhibit. Local space organizations, including Space X and University of Maryland’s Space Power and Propulsion Laboratory, will be on hand doing demonstrations and providing information on their work.

Also open in the Museum’s 17th Street galleries during this time are “A New Age of Exploration: National Geographic at 125,” which will run through August 2014, and“Women of Vision: National Geographic Photographers on Assignment,” which closes on Sunday, March 9. “Peruvian Gold: Ancient Treasures Unearthed” will open on Thursday, April 10.

The National Geographic Museum, 1145 17th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C., is open every day (except Dec. 25) from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $11 for adults; $9 for National Geographic members, military, students, seniors and groups of 25 or more; $7 for children ages 5-12; and free for local school, student and youth groups (ages 18 and under; advance reservation required). Tickets may be purchased online at www.ngmuseum.org; via telephone at (202) 857-7700; or in person at the National Geographic Museum, 1145 17thStreet, N.W., between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. For more information on group sales, call (202) 857-7281.

The television series “COSMOS: A SPACETIME ODYSSEY” is produced by Cosmos Studios, the Ithaca, N.Y.-based company Druyan co-founded in 2000, and Fuzzy Door Productions, MacFarlane’s company. Druyan and Soter are the series’ writers. Druyan, MacFarlane, Cannold and Braga (the “Star Trek” franchise, “24”) executive produce the series. Jason Clark (“Ted,” “42”) co-executive produces. Like “COSMOS: A SPACETIME ODYSSEY” on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/COSMOSonTV. Follow the series on Twitter @COSMOSonTV and join the discussion at #cosmos.

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