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Endeavour Voyage

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The story of HMB Endeavour's 1770 voyage lies at the core of the Australian nation. Explore views from the ship and shore on the 250th anniversary of the journey. Until 26 April 2021.

Introducing Endeavour Voyage: The Untold Stories of Cook and the First Australians 7:35

Learn about the making of the exhibition, working with Indigenous communities and key objects.

For 126 days, Cook and his crew travelled up Australia’s east coast — from what we now know as Point Hicks in southern Victoria to the tip of Cape York in Queensland. Join us in re-looking at the events of 1770, and embrace a shared history of this country.

Bana Yirriji Artist Group:

We want Australians and the rest of the world to hear the other side of the Captain Cook story.

Explore views from the ship and shore

The Story from the Shore Filmmaker Alison Page reflects on the making of The Message. Join us for a special online screening and conversation on 28 Jan 2021.
Tracing the voyage Travel in the ship’s wake, visiting places connected to the Endeavour story and reflecting on key moments.
Cook's journal Explore entries from James Cook’s August 1770 journal, as Endeavour was repaired and sailed north to Possession Island.

Aboriginal language game

Play this game to learn words in Guugu Yimidhirr, an Aboriginal language from Far North Queensland that the Endeavour crew learnt along the way.

Play Talkin' Guugu Yimidhirr

More views from the ship and shore

Sky stories See how Australia’s Indigenous peoples and the Endeavour voyagers looked at the same night sky but read different meanings into the stars.
The early voyage Learn about life on board the Endeavour, and what happened before the ship sighted the Australian continent on 19 April 1770.

Responses and reflections

Recasting Cook See recent artworks created by Indigenous communities and school children and Cook memorabilia and souvenirs created over many years.
Join the conversation Visitor responses Share your response to Endeavour Voyage and join our sea of opinions and perspectives.
Endeavour reflections Angus Trumble reflects on key objects from the exhibition and early journal entries of James Cook, Joseph Banks and Sydney Parkinson.


Endeavour Voyage catalogue Insights from authors including Maria Nugent, Angus Trumble and Sarah Engledow.
Making a multi-sensory Endeavour experience Read about how exhibition experiences were tweaked to adapt to COVID-19.
Telling our stories our way The Gadhungal Research Team shares stories of the Dharawal ancestors at Kamay (Botany Bay).
Through children’s eyes See children's artworks created in response to the 250th anniversary of the Endeavour's voyage.


The Australian Government has funded the National Museum of Australia, the National Library of Australia, the Australian National Maritime Museum and the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies to deliver a program of activities marking the 250th anniversary of the Endeavour voyage.

The National Museum thanks our supporters.

Logos, from left, for the Australian Government, The Australian National Maritime Museum, The National Library of Australia, The Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies. Cultural partners: The Monthly, The Saturday Paper, 7am Media Partners, ABC, The Canberra Times. Accommodation partner: Accor. Beverage partner: Lerida Estate.

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