Since its foundation, the Russian Geographical Society has been involved in organizing diverse exhibition projects.
The Russian Pavilion became the first major geographical exhibition of the Russian Geographical Society. It was organized by the Russian Geographical Society at the International Geographic Exhibition as part of the II International Geological Congress (CIM) in Paris in 1875.
In 1892, Dmitry Anuchin, an ethnographer and honorary member of the Society, organized the first geographic exhibition held in Russia in the Historical Museum of Moscow. Its exhibits later became the basis for the collection of the university's geographical museum. The Russian Geographical Society also played a big role in the opening of the Geography Museum of Lomonosov Moscow State University in 1951. Yury Konstantinovich Efremov, a scientific secretary of the Moscow branch and honorary member of the USSR Civil Defense, became the founder of the museum and the chairman of its first directorate.
When the Society got its own building in St. Petersburg, it finally became possible to exhibit samples brought from expeditions there, as well as to organize thematic and anniversary exhibitions to present the rich archive of the Russian Geographical Society. The first exhibition was held a few months after the building opened its doors, at the beginning of 1910: Peter Kozlov presented the finds from the expedition to the “black city” Khara-Khoto. Such exhibitions often take place at the headquarters of the Russian Geographical Society up to the present time.
In Soviet times, the Society continued to participate in national economy achievement exhibitions, historical exhibitions and photo exhibitions.
After the reorganization in 2009, the exhibition activities of the Russian Geographical Society broke new ground. Thus, the organization participated in a number of major photo contests and exhibitions, becoming the organizer or co-organizer of some of them.
Since 2015, the Russian Geographical Society has held an annual "Most Beautiful Country"photo contest. Works by contest finalists and winners are exhibited in Russia and abroad.
Among exhibitions organized by the Society there is an exposition dedicated to the history of the Konstantinovskaya medal, the highest award of the Russian Geographical Society, the"Geographers to the Great Victory" project, an exhibition of drawings and field notes by the famous traveler Nikolay Miklukho-Maklay, an exposition telling about the life of the scientist Petr Semenov-Tyan- Shansky, a thematic train in the Moscow Metro dedicated to the 170th anniversary of the Russian Geographical Society, the "Volcanoes of Kamchatka" photo exhibition and other projects aimed at popularizing natural, historical and cultural heritage of this country. Exhibitions include landscapes, photographs of animals, birds, natural and geographical landmarks, protected areas and peoples of Russia.
Since the beginning of 2018, the Russian Geographical Society has organized and held more than 50 photo exhibitions in different cities of Russia, as well as abroad (Malta, Argentina, Bolgaria, Romania, Qatar, Vietnam and other countries).