Exhibition now showing
Cultural warning: People of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent should be aware that this exhibition contains names, images, objects and works of people who are deceased.
30 March to 24 June 2018 | Studio Gallery | Free, donations welcome
See exquisite illustrations of Australian animals and marine life, as well as striking portraits of Aboriginal people, rare documents and hand-drawn maps from Nicolas Baudin’s expedition to Australia. Discover the ambitions behind this lavishly funded French voyage and experience a captivating fusion of art and science.
Free exhibition app
Bring the paintings on show in the exhibition to life! Download the free Art of Science at the NMA app and look for the eye icon at the Museum.
A companion book, The Art of Science: Nicolas Baudin’s Voyagers 1800–1804, edited by Jean Fornasiero, Lindl Lawton and John West-Sooby is also available for $39.95 at the Museum Shop.
About the expedition
Baudin's expedition embodied the Enlightenment’s hunger for knowledge. National Museum curator Cheryl Crilly writes for The Museum magazine about the remarkable works created by Baudin’s artists, Charles-Alexandre Lesueur and Nicolas-Martin Petit, and what they reveal about the sense of wonder that this strange ‘new’ world inspired.
Lecture and exhibition preview
Thursday 29 March 2018, 1pm to 3pm | Exclusive to Friends full members. Join Friends
Join us for a fascinating talk with Lindl Lawton, Senior Curator at the South Australian Maritime Museum, and Jean Fornasiero, Emeritus Professor of French Studies at the University of Adelaide and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, and be the first to see this stunning exhibition.
Cost: $5 | Bookings essential: Eventbrite (fees apply) | Visions Theatre
School holiday activities
Voyages of discovery: Adventures at sea | Weekdays 16–20 April and 23–27 April 2018
(Note: no program on Anzac Day, Wed 25 April) 10–11.30am and 11.30am–1pm
Be part of Captain Baudin’s crew and make your own telescope, then work with an artist from NatureArt Lab to paint your own nature-inspired artwork and share your family's journey on our giant map. All ages, children must be accompanied by an adult.
Cost: $10 child, $7 Mkids | Bookings essential: Eventbrite (fees apply) | Bay Window
Afternoon play space | Weekdays 16–20 April and 23–27 April 2018
(Note: no program on Anzac Day, Wed 25 April) 2–3.30pm
Play, read or relax in our Bay Window play space or try one of the self-guided activities inspired by The Art of Science: Baudin’s Voyagers 1800–1804. All ages, children must be accompanied by an adult.
Cost: $2 child | Bookings not required, places limited | Bay Window
Banner image: Jellyfish Cassiopea andromeda (detail), by Charles-Alexandre Lesueur, 1804–07. Museum of Natural History, Le Havre
The National Museum of Australia is an approved borrowing institution under the Government's Protection of Cultural Objects on Loan Scheme.