The Explorers Club

The Explorers Club is an international multidisciplinary professional society dedicated to the advancement of field research and the ideal that it is vital to preserve the instinct to explore. Since its inception in 1904, the Club has served as a meeting point and unifying force for explorers and scientists worldwide. Our headquarters is located at 46 East 70th Street in New York City.

The Explorers Club actively encourages public interest in exploration and the sciences through its public lecture programs, publications, travel programs, and other events. The Club also maintains Research Collections, including a library and map room, to preserve the history of the Club and to assist those interested and engaged in exploration and scientific research.


The Club is characterized by the great diversity of its members’ backgrounds and interests. The seven founding members included two polar explorers, the curator of birds and mammals at The American Museum of Natural History, an archaeologist, a war correspondent and author, a professor of physics and an ethnologist. Today the membership includes field scientists and explorers from over sixty countries.

Famous Firsts

For more than a century, members of the Club have traversed the earth, the seas, the skies, and even the moon, on expeditions of exploration. First to the North Pole, first to the South Pole, first to the summit of Mount Everest, first to the deepest point in the ocean, first to the surface of the moon—all accomplished by our members.

Apollo 11 Famous Firsts

The Flag

The Explorers Club flag represents an impressive history of courage and accomplishment and has been carried on hundreds of expeditions by Club members since 1918. The club members history of carrying the Flag is unparallel in history in new accomplishments reaching new heights in discover, science, understanding of culture and environmental science.


Read Flag Reports or, join our commitment and carry the Flag to new discoveries.

Carrying the Flag

30 Chapters

The Explorers Club has some thirty chapters in the United States and around the world with the Texas Chapter being one of the largest and having many active notable Explorers. The Texas Chapter has a history of many important Flag Expeditions locally and worldwide including cave exploration, deep ocean and on to space including the moon and beyond.

Explorers Club Chapters

Join The Great Explorers

The Explorers Club SealBecome a member and take your place in the history of exploration.


Make your mark by joining and participating in the Club’s goals in research, education, and public service include the orientation of young people toward careers in field science and engineering, and the encouragement of scientific exploration of land, sea, the air and space, with emphasis on the physical and natural sciences. We serve as a common bond and meeting point for explorers and field scientists worldwide, thus continuing the early goals laid down by our founders in 1904.

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The Explores Club
46 East 70th Street
New York, NY 10021